In Today’s Observer

COVER In Todays Observer

Our legal reporter, Anna Schneider-Mayerson, has a must-read about the odd relationship between the job of Attorney General and the lawyering experience of the people who want it.

So who are these people? Can the office of the Attorney General, presently held by a man whom some have called the most important politician in the country outside of Washington, really be a consolation prize for politicians with previously higher ambitions? If it’s the “capstone” of a legal career in New York, why don’t more New York lawyers — real lawyers — want the job?

Also a rundown of when the candidates actually last appeared in court, and Andrew has what sound to the untrained ear like less-than-adulatory words for Eliot.

Meanwhile, I play the expectations game with Hillary’s 2006 numbers, and ask John Zogby, in passing, what happened to those 2000 polls of his that gave the race to Lazio.

Eve Kessler has an optimistic take
on Hillary’s appeal to Catholic voters.

Also: Conason on Scalia and Brookhiser on the Mormons.