The Morning Read: Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The death of congestion pricing “was a severe blow to Mr. Bloomberg’s environmental agenda and political legacy,” writes Nicholas Confessore.

On Michael Bloomberg’s tactic for selling his plan to lawmakers, Micah Kellner says, “It just shows that six and a half years into his term, the mayor just does not know how to approach the Legislature.”

Bill Hammond disagrees, writing, “[T]hey ran a campaign that belongs in political science textbooks, in the chapter called, ‘How to Do Things Right.’” (He also calls state lawmakers a “bunch of wimps.”)

The loss makes Bloomberg a lame duck, according to the (usually supportive) New York Sun.

Dicker says blocking the plan wasn’t personal for Silver.

“Silver’s Assembly Democrats put New Yorkers in severe jeopardy of riding deteriorating mass transportation,” writes the Daily News editorial board.

On Silver, The New York Times editorial board says this episode “makes him unworthy of his office.”

The L.A. Times notes in its headline that it was Democrats who killed the plan.

When Democrats in the State Senate refused to take their seats for fear of being forced to vote on congestion pricing, Joe Bruno said, “They shouldn’t act like children.”

Some lawmakers wonder what to do about congestion now, writes Newsday’s Michael Frazier.

AM New York goes for a bolder headline on Frazier’s story.

Jeff Dinowitz’s opposition to congestion pricing gets favorable coverage in the Daily News.

Joel Rivera supported congestion pricing, while his two likely opponents for Bronx borough president, Ruben Diaz, Jr. and Helen Diane Foster, opposed it. [second item]

Capital News 9 has an angle on how congestion pricing affects farmers.

Out magazine ranks Christine Quinn the 18th most powerful gay person in America, down from number 16 last year.

Giving the New York Post an interview on her pregnancy doesn’t keep Melinda Katz from getting a warning from Andrea Peyser.

Some union heads are saying they warned Clinton about Mark Penn.

Despite a demotion, Penn may not really be gone.

Michelle Cottle of the New Republic writes, “In fact, many of the criticisms commonly lobbed at Penn–he’s too conservative, too corporate, too cautious, too arrogant, too opinionated, too confrontational–are among the very qualities prized by the Clintons (and other politicos).”

In the wake of Penn’s departure, the Wall Street Journal calls free trade “the primary Democratic taboo.”

The Clinton campaign has other ties to Colombia besides Penn.

Eli Saslow narrates Bill Clinton’s visit to Puerto Rico.

Elizabeth Edwards is joining the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank.

John McCain raised $15 million in March, $4 million of it via the internet.

A new poll shows Obama 52, Clinton 42 in Oregon.

Joe Goldstein follows the criminal case against Eliot Spitzer.

Last weekend, Andrew Cuomo sounded like he’s running for something, says Jeremy Blaber.

Where are the Republican congressional candidates?

According to Robert Harding, they’re push-polling upstate.

The state’s transportation department is confusing.

Jon Corzine seems the same after the car accident that nearly killed him.

You can park anywhere if you’re Paul McCartney’s girlfriend and work for the M.T.A.

In the American Spectator, Jackie Mason and Raul Felder compare Spitzer’s sexual misdeeds to Bill Clinton’s and conclude, “By these standards, Mrs. Spitzer should be Emperor.”

And Marty Markowitz tries to get Kanye West to smile.

The Morning Read: Tuesday, April 8, 2008