In the Observer: Sept 13, 2006

Jason Horowitz’s election coverage focuses on the new Andrew Cuomo, whose handlers managed to file off most of the rough parts in the course of his establishment-backed primary victory.

Steve Kornacki has a 2008-centered analysis of Hillary Clinton’s 2006 re-election campaign, featuring a surprise cameo appearance from a certain former governor of Massachusetts.

And Kornacki gets back to his disturbingly deep roots in New Jersey politics, discussing Democratic panic over Bob Menendez’s troubled campaign and the possibility that this year’s Frank Lautenberg will be… Dick Codey.

Azi Paybarah and John Koblin have some amusing pieces of ground-level reporting with each of the candidates in the closing days of Yvette Clarke’s primary victory in the 11th CD, with David Yassky getting jeered by a crowd, Carl Andrews getting mistaken for Al Sharpton and Chris Owens getting a little weird.

Matt Schuerman writes about Sheldon Silver’s determination to stop George Pataki from getting anything built before he leaves office.

Joe Conason listens to the president’s 9/11 speech and despairs.

Bonus feature: John Koblin plumbs the significance of Mets pitcher and secret American hero John Maine. Said teammate Steve Trachsel: “He’s a really bad piece of shit.”

– Josh Benson