The Morning Read: Monday, January 7, 2008

Hillary Clinton will not run negative ads against Barack Obama in New Hampshire.

It looks like Obama got his Iowa bounce, though not all polls show a decisive lead over Clinton.

Mark Leibovich says there’s a “listless aura” at some campaign events featuring Bill Clinton.

The Clinton campaign is accusing the Obama campaign of illegal robo-calls in New Hampshire.

Obama finds the way the Clinton people are running their campaign “depressing.”

John Edwards thinks the Clinton campaign “has no conscience.”

Hillary thinks Vladimir Putin “has no soul.”

Citing comments by pollster Doug Schoen, David Seifman reports that Michael Bloomberg is undertaking a looking closely at a 2008 run.

Former Clinton Defense Secretary William Cohen says drafting Bloomberg into the presidential race is not why he’s going to Oklahoma.

Kevin Sheekey will be attending the Oklahoma conference.

Draft Bloomberg activist Gail Parker, who is circulating petitions to get Bloomberg on the ballot, is in Oklahoma.

So is Nicholas Confessore.

The New York Republican Party, which was banking on Rudy Giuliani, may be shifting to Bloomberg, reports Liz.

Perhaps trying to do a better job of managing the message, Eliot Spitzer’s team is pitching parts of his upcoming speech.

Madison Square Garden owners aren’t happy that Christine Quinn wants to take away their tax break.

Good luck Assemblyman Thomas Kirwan.

On Bloomberg, David Remnick writes, “the big Presidential tease has been a prolonged exercise in self-regard. A man with Bloomberg’s sense of noblesse oblige should know that there is something unseemly about waltzing into the Presidential race, or even hinting at it, for no reason more compelling than that he can afford to pay the bill without flinching.”

Bob Shrum writes that Hillary is running as Clinton 1996, but should be competing as Clinton 1992.

Harry Siegel says the Iowa results are good for Bloomberg.

Jacob Gershman sees a new, smarter Eliot Spitzer and writes, “I’d point out that it’s been a whole three months since Mr. Spitzer was last caught with his foot in his mouth.”

Ted Kennedy outlines his plan to fix No Child Left Behind.

Clinton supporter Madeleine Albright writes in the Washington Post that America needs to be confident.

And The Dallas Morning News likes the bi-partisan meeting in Oklahoma, but says the group “must explain how they differ from Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee, who similarly want to unify Washington.”

The Morning Read: Monday, January 7, 2008