The Morning Read: Thursday, January 10, 2008

A Quinnipiac poll says 58 percent of New Yorkers wouldn’t support Michael Bloomberg for president.

Also, 61 percent of voters said Bloomberg has a “moral obligation” to finish out his term as mayor.

The Associated Press described support among New Yorkers for Bloomberg’s presidential bid as “meager, but the Reuters headline is more forgiving.

Then the AP breaks the news that Bloomberg is conducting his own polls.

Bloomberg’s poll asked if voters prefer long-term legislators or an entrepreneur, and asked if a candidate being Jewish would be a factor.

Bloomberg may opt to roll back a 7 percent property tax cut and end a $400 rebate for homeowners.

Barack Obama stays on message with a "standard script of hope and change" at fund-raisers in Jersey City and Midtown yesterday.

James Ortenzio, the former Manhattan G.O.P. leader, acknowledged his tax "mistakes" and was sentenced to five years probation.

Eliot Spitzer “tried to embrace” Albany in his State of the State speech, a place he vowed to change a year ago, writes Danny Hakim.

Spitzer was kinder and gentler, writes Liz.

He even found a subtle way to insult Andrew Cuomo, speculates Page Six.

Jacob Gershman saw “a good sign that the administration will scale back its four-year plan to increase school aid by $7.6 billion and trim the expected aid to New York City’s public schools.”

The City Council passed a plastic bags recycling bill, 44-2.

“Hillary was a stand-in for every woman who’s overdosed on multitasking,” writes Gail Collins.

Karl Rove writes, “Mrs. Clinton won the beer drinkers, Mr. Obama the white wine crowd. And there are more beer drinkers than wine swillers in the Democratic Party.” [subscription]

John McCain and Joe Lieberman team up in an op-ed saying the surge of troops in Iraq is working. [subscription]

E.J. McMahon likes Spitzer’s plan to cap school property taxes.

Errol Louis writes, “We’re still weeks away from a comprehensive solution to the subprime mess because Spitzer, Cuomo, Towns and Klein all have different ideas about the best way to attack the problem.”

Bloomberg drafter Karin Gallet gets quoted in a Boston Herald column supportive of her favorite candidate.

Marc Parry wonders if Spitzer’s daughter will go to a S.U.N.Y. school.

The New York Post editorial board wants Bloomberg to either declare he’s running, or knock it off.

The New York Times liked Spitzer’s speech yesterday, but notes he didn’t mention campaign finance reform.

The Daily News editorial board says Spitzer needs to “show more skill” to pass his legislation “while operating in the full light of day.”

And after all this time, say good-bye to Bill Richardson-for-president.