The Morning Read: Thursday, January 31, 2008

Gay City News endorses Barack Obama with an editorial that criticizes Bill Clinton, Andrew Cuomo and others for injecting race into the campaign.

Hillary Clinton has support from most of the people around Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusettes, who endorsed Obama.

Rudy Giuliani’s departure from the race means we won’t get that ‘rematch.’

Patt Morrison wonders if the many voters who cast an early ballot would have voted differently on February 5. And what if they voted for a candidate who dropped out?

In any case, it’s time for the other campaigns to go get those Giuliani and John Edwards donors.

Arnold Schwarzenegger will endorse John McCain today.

Schwarzenegger told the Financial Times he considers McCain an “action hero.”

Giuliani’s exit cleared the way for the governor’s decision, according to the L.A. Times.

New York Republicans are following Giuliani into McCain’s camp.

Giuliani’s departure may jeopardize Joe Bruno’s two-seat majority in the State Senate.

Some New Yorkers, like Dorothy Kaliades of Howard Beach, weren’t surprised by Giuliani’s collapse. “He was too New York, too Italian, and he had too many wives,” she said.

Former City Councilman Ken Fisher thinks “The Rudy Giuliani franchise is clearly not worth the same as it was two years ago.”

An Iowa Senator said it was Giuliani’s “New York lifestyle” that voters rejected.

Heidi Evans says you can blame Judi.

Bill Clinton helped a contributor land a major mining deal, and that the contributor subsequently donated millions to Clinton’s foundation.

At tonight’s Democratic debate, experts say Barack Obama has to be nice.

The City Council voted to end a tax break for Madison Square Garden’s owners, but state lawmakers may block the measure from going through.

Bill Thompson’s audit found sloppy bookkeeping at a the 79th Street boat basin. i

Peter Vallone. Jr., says his plan to make New York City the 51st state is not a joke.

The congestion mitigation panel will recommend to the City Council a plan to lawmakers that includes many of the elements of Bloomberg’s plan.

The Daily News editorial board hopes it goes through.

Nicholas Kristof sees irony: “Clintonians who dismissed George W. Bush as a dynastic puppet see nothing wrong with another Clinton in the Oval Office. On the other hand, Obama fans who shiver at the prospect of a Clinton dynasty bask in endorsements from an even greater dynasty, that of the Kennedys.”

Mike Lupica is just glad Giuliani’s campaign is over.

Bob Novak questions McCain’s conservative credentials.

Guess who‘s going to the Super Bowl? The Morning Read: Thursday, January 31, 2008