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The big news in New York politics is not that Caroline Kennedy, a deeply private person, preferred to be in private life.
Rather, the big news - and for Democrats, the good news - is that Gov. David Paterson has put another crack in the glass ceiling by appointing Kirsten Gillibrand to the Senate.
Gillibrand has it all. She moves with equal ease among Manhattan high-rollers and Delaware County dairymen.
She knocked off an entrenched Republican congressman in a conservative district. When she began, no one but she and then-Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Rahm Emanuel thought she could win.
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