Marc on how Caroline Kennedy cleared the field:
...with Clinton not protesting, Caroline Kennedy had it made. She's very likeable and has lots of friends, including the governor. She'll raise a ton of money in an instant. She has no baggage. An appealing personal history. And -- most importantly -- the implied support of the President-elect.
The other big factor: Kennedy consultant Josh Isay. He's THISCLOSE to Sen. Chuck Schumer. Schumer is Harry Reid's chief political adviser. Reid's enthusiasm today bubbled over. You can see the tectonic plates moving if you look closely.
No wonder Clinton said nice things about Palin.