Sure, if she wants to cmapaign in a primary on that she is more than welcome. As for being well like respected and accomplished New York has several of those and (in terms of accomplishment would be easily beaten).
The Governor will only listen to the Prseident-elect and even that I am not sure. My theory is that he thinks that President-elect wants her to be senator and therefore he is considering her. However, if he smart (and he has till now shown be pretty smart), he will skip over her.
Besides, do not forget that these were put in by the voters while the new New York Senator will be NOMINATED by one person. As for being a liberal lawyer, New York is full of liberal lawyers. Why choose her?
I would rather have some qualified Latino Dem politician take the seat rather than a crony who is not going to challenge the new President on even a single issue. I am sorry being a Kennedy is not a qualification for such an important job.
Hillary has always been able to bounce back from her disappointments. And she has managed to break so many stereotypes that her legacy is safe: who was the first First Lady who also became a senator and a Secretary of State and who was the first viable female candidate for Presidency. Besides, she lost to an arguably superior candidate and Kerry lost to Bush (arguably the worst President in modern Us history). I think on balance, Hillary's name will live longer than Kerry's.
Is what the Dem party has to do to mainatin a long stint in power. Comptence requires to recognize early what is being done right and what is being done wrong and adjusting properly. The main questio is however that when Obama is sworn in January 20, how big of a hole will the country be in?