This morning, on the 37th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, former state Democratic Party Chairwoman Judith Hope emailed an open letter to Harold Ford Jr., attacking the would-be senator for his record on abortion rights.
“Being pro-choice means you stand up and fight for a woman’s right to her own medical Read More
I just got off the phone with one of Hillary Clinton’s newly deputized "rapid responders," Assemblyman Joe Morelle. In the spirit of rapid responding, I named a few elected officials and asked him to say the first thing that popped into his head:
Hillary Clinton: “Extraordinary”
Bill Clinton: “Smartest man in any Read More
“Best shape we’ve been in in modern history.”
That’s how outgoing state Democratic Party chairman Herman “Denny” Farrell just described the state party’s condition at the end of his five-year tenure.
(For the record, that’s slightly different from how newly-elected party co-chair David Pollak, sees it.)
In a speech to party leaders at the Read More
Barack Obama—delivered feet-first on Oprah’s couch and tickled on Meet the Press and then highly buffed by New Yorker editor David Remnick before the magazine editors of America—has enjoyed the best-orchestrated product reveal since the iPod.
Now Mr. Obama is the only author with two books among the top 50 sellers on Amazon.com. Two weeks Read More
Apparently, today was the day to drop big names in the AG’s race.
This morning, Mark Green pulled out the triple endorsement of David Dinkins, Judith Hope and Marty Markowitz. [In an earlier version, I tied these endorsements to the McCall/Cuomo race in 2002. Many of you were kind enough to let me Read More
For a while last week, life was sweet for John Kerry.
Crowds were big; polls were nudging up; money was pouring in (so much, the campaign was having a tough time getting rid of it before public financing kicked in); reporters were being nice; and Dubya, bless him, was continuing to be Dubya.
The Read More
To paraphrase Tolstoy, happy political parties are all alike, but
every unhappy political party is unhappy in its own way. The Democratic Party
of New York is very unhappy, indeed.
The Democrats have just one year to drag Anna Karenina from under
the train and bring her back to life. That’s when the party Read More
Maybe Michael Bloomberg can
buy City Hall.
On Oct. 20, the same day that Democratic State Senator Olga
Mendez crossed party lines and endorsed Mr. Bloomberg as “truly qualified to
run our city,” the Bloomberg campaign quietly paid $40,000 to a small political
organization known as the Caribe Democratic Club, campaign records show. This
little-known Read More
Not long ago, Raymond Harding–head of the influential Liberal Party and a key confidant of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani–reached out to an old friend who happens to be the top political adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton, Harold Ickes Mr. Harding wanted to reassure Mr. Ickes that a rumor making the rounds in New York’s political circles Read More
A serious tone crept into State Democratic Committee chairman Judith Hope’s voice. “Let me point out something that everyone has missed,” she said, referring to the dozens of reporters who had written about President Bill Clinton’s visit to the Hamptons. “This weekend is primarily a weekend of rest and relaxation for a family called Bill Read More