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America's Princess has decided to claim her inheritance:

Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of an American political dynasty, has decided to pursue the United States Senate seat being vacated by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, a person told of her decision said on Monday.

The decision came after a series of deeply personal and political conversations, in which Ms. Kennedy, whom friends describe as unflashy but determined, wrestled with whether to give up what has been a lifetime of avoiding the spotlight.

Ms. Kennedy will ask Gov. David A. Paterson of New York to consider her for the appointment, according to the person told of her decision. The governor was traveling to Utica today and could not immediately be reached for comment.

If appointed, Ms. Kennedy would fill the seat once held by her uncle, Robert F. Kennedy.

You would think that in the aftermath of l'affaire Blago, a public figure would be wary of having the terms "pursue" and "United States Senate seat" in a sentence that doesn't also include the word "election." But then again, maybe I'm just not thinking like a Kennedy.

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Ross Douthat is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

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