The Morning Read: Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Anne Korblut looks at Bill Clinton’s role in his wife’s campaign.

Although he promised to stop, Rudy Giuliani is still working as a consultant, reports the Washington Post.

Barack Obama “declined repeated requests to talk about his New York years, release his Columbia transcript or identify even a single fellow student, co-worker, roommate or friend” from his years in New York.

There’s some doubt Dick Parsons will enter the mayor’s race, even though he’s poised to leave his job in the private sector.

The New York Sun picks up on the Staten Island Advance report about Vinny Ignizio buying a gun, and says that Peter Vallone, Jr. already has one.

Eliot Spitzer’s driver’s license policy is opposed by sheriffs.

James Tedisco’s use of the phrase “whole enchilada” draws criticism.

The Times details how Andy Stern and SEIU are influential in the national elections.

Michael Mukasey’s nomination as Attorney General is no longer a guarantee.

Fred LeBrun of the Times Union writes, “Leave it to Gov. Eliot Spitzer to take a red-hot issue and throw kerosene on it.”

E.J. Dionne Jr. wants Rudy Giuliani to go back to hating the Red Sox.

The New Republic’s Jonathan Chait, writing about Giuliani, wonders, “Where does this bizarrely punitive view of the health care system come from?” [subscription]

The Harvard Crimson thinks the New York law making it a felony to display a noose “is a violation of free speech.”

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. That’s what we’ve just witnessed with Governor Eliot Spitzer,” writes the editorial board of El Diario/La Prensa.

The New York Times editorial board, once Spitzer’s biggest backers, wrote that “Gov. Eliot Spitzer has confronted the most intense public criticism of his political career — and caved,” and that his new driver’s license policy “is a disappointment.”

And a reporter in Red Sox gear went to New York City to find out what kind of reaction he’d get. What an ass. The Morning Read: Tuesday, October 30, 2007