Politics Versus Life and Death

Legislation sometimes has a funny way of working its way through the system just in time to attract attention from someone's political event.

At 11:30 a.m., Hillary Clinton is going to receive the endorsement of Governor Eliot Spitzer, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, Lt. Governor David Paterson and a host of other Democrats.

About an hour later, the Senate Republicans will hold a press conference about their effort to re-instate the death penalty for cop killers. The bill is expected to pass that house later this afternoon. The death penalty is something Spitzer supports in "appropriate circumstances" but which Cuomo and others flatly oppose.