In the Observer: Rudy, Bill, Hillary

Jason Horowitz reports on the “freakshow vibe” of the final days of Rudy Giuliani’s campaign in Florida. In interviews, Tony Carbonetti, the former mayor himself and others reflect on what may have gone wrong (and tell Horowitz what they think was right).

Joe Conason writes that Bill Clinton may not have been trying to be bigoted when he made comments about Barack Obama and Jesse Jackson, but that in “the sensitive atmosphere of this primary season, however, when every utterance from either Clinton will be twisted and turned so easily, he should have realized that any such comparison would be heard as a “dog whistle” inviting white backlash.”

“[I]n their quest to maximize their relevance, New Jersey and her Feb. 5 sisters have all diluted their individual impact,” says Steve Kornacki.

Eliot Brown reports on the mounting opposition in Harlem to Michael Bloomberg’s plan to rezone and redevelop 125th Street.

Andrew Rice documents his South Carolinian mother’s struggle to decide who to vote for in the Democratic primary. She settled, late, on Barack Obama.

“After Iowa, she’d told me she was angry that Hillary Clinton was being counted out so early. Just before New Hampshire, she’d said she felt sorry for Hillary—all the pressure she was under from the media and those dismissive male candidates. But afterward, she’d been little chagrined to see the female candidate’s victory credited to a few phantom tears.”

And Choire Sicha thinks Hillary Clinton should stop freaking out about Barack Obama. In the Observer: Rudy, Bill, Hillary