In the Observer on Sept. 26, 2007: Hillary, Mahmoud, Willie

Jason Horowitz reports on Hillary Clinton’s advertising advantage over her Democratic rivals. From his article:

So while Barack Obama has spent nearly $3 million introducing himself to primary voters and Bill Richardson has spent more than $2 million, Mrs. Clinton has been able to go directly to Phase Two. When she finally rolled out her long awaited health care plan last week, for example, it was followed immediately by a 30-second ad boosting her plan.

Horowitz also previews Obama’s rally in Washington Square Park, where the Illinois Senator will talk about how his time in New York informed his thinking about the world.

Steve Kornacki wonders about all those obstacles that supposedly awaited Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail.

Joe Conason thinks “direct engagement, even to the point of entertainment,” is a more effective way of dealing with Iran’s real leaders than wars and secret arms deals.

Hooman Majd writes that the attention Mahmoud Ahmadinejad got in New York will only boost his standing at home, where he’s not that popular.

Felix Gillette tries getting inside Dan Rather’s head to understand why he’s suing his former employer.

The Rupert Murdoch Era at the Wall Street Journal has already begun, reports Michael Calderone.

And John Koblin chats with Willie Randolph, who said that he enjoys the stress of managing the Mets. Good thing!