The Morning Read: Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Johnson beats O’Connell.

Hillary Clinton is unbeatable, according to some Republicans.

Jonathan Chait says that’s only true “if you look about one inch deep.” [subscription]

Hillary’s fund-raising in 2008 is like George W. Bush’s in 2000. [subscription]

Rudy Giuliani is still not an official candidate for the White House.

Giuliani was interviewed for a documentary about radical Islam [6th item].

Ben looks at Barack Obama’s consultant.

Gloria Steinem doesn’t like being asked to choose between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Eliot Spitzer delivered the state Senate seat in Nassau to Democrats “virtually single-handedly,” reports Jacob Gershman.

Bill Hammond says Spitzer wants to be more influential with lawmakers than special interests have been.

State lawmakers are set to vote on a comptroller today.

A reform bill was approved by a legislative committee with no public hearings. Ironic?

More on Christine Quinn’s close call with a rocket blast in Israel.

In an op-ed, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein says you have to be bold to change the educational system.

Klein also told reporters that six-year-olds should not be forced to take public transportation to school.

And political consultant Peter Weiss testified that an aide to Clarence Norman demanded $10,000 in exchange for political support.

– Azi Paybarah