off the record
Last week, OTR found ourselves at a “salon” hosted by the pioneering webmag, Salon. The conceit of a “salon” harks back either to French wits gathering to amuse nobility (and one another) or to Viennese coffeehouses where intellectuals would debate philosophy and gossip. In modern-day New York, however, a “salon” is more often a euphemism for “panel discussion.” And Salon’s salon was no exception.
KSM: Moving it was “an embarrassment for the Obama administration” because they gave into “Congressional pandering.” [New York Times]
2012: Maybe 3rd party candidates weren’t huge spoilers after all. [Steve Kornacki]
Deutsche: Prosecutor says defendants “put profit over people.” [William Rashbaum]
Threats: Pigs foot sent to Rep. Read More
Steve Levy: Won’t seek a third term; gives entire $4 million campaign account to DA; settles inquiries into his fund-raising practice. [Sandra Peddie]
Steve Levy: “My decision was not made lightly,” he said. [Newsday]
Steve Levy: Makes you rethink his entire gubernatorial candidacy last year. [Maggie Habeman]
We’re off for a few days, which means it’s time once again to hand things over to the unstoppable Steve Kornacki.
I’m heading out west to explore Kevin Sheekey’s stealth operations in California (Gavin Newsom for President!), and am under legal obligations to minimize my emailing and blogging activities.
If you have any Read More
There was a particular urgency in Thursday’s Republican presidential debate for two candidates: Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson.
Romney’s campaign hangs in the balance in next week’s Michigan primary, where anything short of a win will likely mark the end of the line for the former Massachusetts governor. And Thompson’s candidacy will expire unless he Read More
Steve Kornacki has write-up of last night's Democratic debate in which he says that Hillary Clinton won because she and Barack Obama stuck to the same script.
From Kornacki's piece:
Mrs. Clinton can only benefit from the willingness of her rivals to be as cautious and “presidential” as she is—and as Mr. Obama Read More
The gang here is taking a brief, end-of-summer sort-of vacation (it's really more like a temporary work slow-down) starting tomorrow, and we're handing over control of the Politicker to frequent contributor Steve Kornacki.
He usually writes about national stuff, but don’t let that stop you from emailing him with local tips, Read More
Jason Horowitz reports on Hillary Clinton’s tour of Iraq and Afghanistan and catches up with Barack Obama on the day of his announcement.
Steve Kornacki says that there’s nothing gimmicky about Obama’s candidacy.
Joe Conason writes that the administration’s broad strategy for the Iraq region is no strategy at all.
And Richard Read More
Here’s one last take from Steve Kornacki on the upcoming, high-stakes House leadership vote:
Earlier this week, I wrote
that Nancy Pelosi would suffer no real damage from today’s vote for House Majority Leader.
That was then.
The House 230-some odd Democrats will convene in the Cannon Building this morning to choose between Read More
Steve Kornacki talked to Rudy Giuliani up in NH yesterday and sent along this email:
Rudy Giuliani used his speech at a fund-raiser for NH state House Republican candidates to tout the importance of electing GOP candidates up and down the ballot and the party’s general superiority on every issue imaginable. So I asked him Read More