The Morning Read: Monday, December 31, 2007

The New York Times expands on yesterday’s Washington Post story about Michael Bloomberg’s January 7 meeting in Oklahoma by reporting that he is putting in place a "turnkey" presidential campaign in case he decides to run.

Slate says that story is “bizarrely sequestered in the City section” of the Times.

Doug Muzzio thinks the people attending that Oklahoma meeting are to be taken seriously.

Bloomberg “could play hide-and-seek for several months,” says Virginia political science professor Larry Sabato.

If Bloomberg does run, he may want to start in Wisconsin.

Not everyone is happy about the apparent coalescence of bi-partisanship around Bloomberg.

The Financial Express is watching Bloomberg’s hypothetical race.

The person leading the probe of Eliot Spitzer is on vacation in South America.

The Albany County District Attorney has not subpoenaed Spitzer’s hard drives.

Casey Seiler rewrites It’s a Wonderful Life, starring Spitzer.

Ron Paul may have the best fund-raising numbers among Republicans. [subscription]

George Pataki said Giuliani told him he "made a mistake" in not endorsing him for governor.

“Once again, Giuliani is in the awkward situation of wanting to represent a group of people whose views he does not actually represent,” writes Elizabeth Kolbert in The New Yorker.

Beth Fouhy has more on “the paradox of Chelsea” Clinton, who campaigns without talking to the press.

Malcolm Smith may have trouble, but he’s not showing it.

Mike Gianaris wants to expose bad doctors.

This Times reader [first letter] explains why nobody may want to be a vice presidential candidate.

And the Daily News editorial board remembers the low points of the year.