Wherever It Leads

But it is the sidebar by Fred Dicker that has the real news, quoting Republican "party insiders" as being unhappy with Jeanine Pirro's liberal ways and gaffe-filled announcement tour; quoting Conservative Party chief Mike Long as unhappy with Pirro on both fronts; saying Bill Weld is whispering he's "likely" to run for governor of New York; and quoting (more) GOP "insiders" claiming there is at least one (at least!!) "mystery candidate" for governor who might still get in on the Republican side. LINK

And, as if on cue, the New York Times' David Carr has a must-read Business Day story on the marriage of convenience between the Post (Rupert Murdoch) and Sen. Clinton, in which Carr seems to declare the Senate race over. The Vince Morris and James Carville quotes are better than the Gary Ginsberg and Philippe Reines quotes. LINK

Has anyone else Noticed how active (on a near daily basis) the New York State Democratic Committee has been on going after Pirro? The one thing upon which all four Democratic mayoral candidates can agree is their disappointment in the state party's refusal to aggressively take on Bloomberg each and every day. As Kieran Mahoney can tell you, it doesn't appear Denny Farrell's team will ease up until they have fully turned "Pirro's Pause" into the "Dean Scream."

The New York Post reports that Adam Parkhomenko, who used to work for a "draft-Hillary" movement is now on her PAC payroll. LINK

2008: Republicans:

Bob Novak says Sen./Dr./Leader Frist is more effective than before, but is said to be tin-eared (see: stem cell announcement timing) and out of sorts with Speaker Hastert and, to some extent, with Casa Blanca. LINK

On Saturday, the Des Moines Register's Thomas Beaumont led with Newt Gingrich's endorsement of George W. Bush's just-not-ready-yet Iraq withdrawal stance. Speaking his mind on Iowa time, the former Speaker lamented that U.S. casualties will climb if any troops disappear from the scene and emphasized that the American public could use a recurrent Presidential reminder on why leaving would be trouble. LINK

The Quad City Times picks up on Gingrich's weekend encounter with Gov. Tom Vilsack, during which the two men tackled a stubborn (meat) market issue. LINK

A Power Point presentation on Capitol Hill last week by Newt Gingrich laid out a blueprint for a Republican "21st century governing majority" and also provided a peek at a potential Gingrich presidential run, Mike Allen and Brian Faler report. LINK

The Clintons of Chappaqua:

"The Bill Clinton Collection: Selections from the Clinton Music Room" will be available for purchase in a little over a month in a joint venture between the Clinton Library and the Clinton Museum Store, reports the New York Daily News based on various wire services. LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

George Skelton continues to bang the anti-special election drum in his Los Angeles Times column, this time focusing on the cost to the counties. LINK


The New York Times Manny Fernandez writes of a Virginia Fields seeking to regain momentum in the mayor's race, but it isn't entirely clear what evidence he uses to conclude that she ever had it in the first place. LINK

Daily mayoral coverage and notebooks in the Times, and Post. LINK and LINK and LINK

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