The Note: Credit Where Credit Is Due

When the dust settles in Sacramento, there will be some new (and some so-old-they're-new-again) faces at the state capitol. The Los Angeles Times reports that Susan Kennedy, a PUC Commissioner who previously served as a powerful aide to then-Gov. Gray Davis, might be interviewed for a top job with Schwarzenegger. LINK

Mark Barabak and Michael Finnegan of the Los Angeles Times ask whether Schwarzenegger can regain his mojo and win in 2006, now that he's "an improbable underdog with good reason to doubt his Sacramento team and a large number of voters who, in turn, doubt him." LINK John Pomfret of the Washington Post writes, "Political analysts said Schwarzenegger's challenge now will be to see whether he can mend fences with legislative leaders, restore his political clout and resurrect his political future." LINK

Harold Myerson sees a bleak political future for Gov. Schwarzenegger in his Washington Post column. LINK

The Los Angeles Times examines lady-killer Warren Beatty's flirtation with elected office, the press, and a room full of nurses. LINK

Republican strategist Ken Khachigian says Tuesday's special election results will have "zero effect" on the re-election chances of Schwarzenegger. LINK

2005: New York City

A Republican winning nearly half the black vote? The New York Times crunches the numbers and finds Mayor Michael Bloomberg received significant African-American and Hispanic support in his successful reelection bid on Tuesday. LINK

The New York City Democratic Party has hit rock bottom, the New York Times suggests, and must now begin focusing less on multiracial coalitions and more on pragmatic ideas aimed at fixing the city's problems. LINK

The tab for Mayor Bloomberg's election night victory party? Just $250,000, reports the New York Post. LINK

Fully 48 percent of Democrats voted for Republican Mayor Bloomberg, while 50 percent cast ballots for Democrat Fernando Ferrer. LINK

While Ferrer lost in a landslide, he received significantly more support than pollsters expected, a fact that has some scratching their heads. One poll on Monday had Bloomberg winning by 38 points, while the actual margin was 20. LINK

Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday that Tuesday's campaign was the last one for him – after he leaves office in four years, he plans to spend the rest of his life as a philanthropist. LINK

Likewise for Fernando Ferrer, who told the New York Daily News he will not run for mayor again. LINK

The New York Daily News speculates on the future of the City's Democratic Party and asks what will happen if popular Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly takes a run for the mayor's office in 2009. LINK

Republicans can no longer rely on racking up huge margins on New York's Long Island as a route to statewide victory, reports the New York Times, a fact that has "profound" implications for Sen. Clinton's 2006 reelection bid as well as the state's '06 gubernatorial race. LINK

Corzine replacing Corzine:

The jockeying to replace Sen. Jon Corzine in the Senate is well underway.

The Hill's Peter Savodnik has an anonymous DNC official saying that Dean, Reid and other Democrats want acting Gov. Richard Codey to fill Corzine's post when he leaves the Senate. Neither the DNC nor Reid's office would comment. LINK

Per the New York Times, Reps. Robert Menendez and Robert Andrews are the frontrunners, but acting Gov. Richard Codey is being urged by former President Clinton and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to consider the post. LINK

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