The Morning Read: Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Devlin Barrett talks to the newest people hoping to draft Michael Bloomberg into running for President.

The key word in last night’s Democratic debate was “management.”

Ben sees two odd moments during the debate.

Matt Cooper writes that “the enduring issue is the economy and the candidate who has a compelling economic message” will be elected president.

“[The] kinds of surpluses that have allowed Mr. Bloomberg to increase spending on popular programs while saving for future costs are coming to an end,” reports the New York Times.

Steven Rattner is handling Michael Bloomberg’s money now.

Kevin Sheekey might just be starting another campaign when he says that when Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler leaves office, “He probably will do something radically different,” and that “[h]e might even go into the movie business.”

Clinton goes up in South Carolina with an economy ad.

And a Spanish-language ad in Nevada.

The influential Las Vegas Review Journal endorses Obama.

McCain launches the “truth squad” to battle accusations from the “Vietnam Veterans Against John McCain,” which is making noise in South Carolina.

Conservative Senator Coburn of Oklahoma endorses McCain,

Betsy Gotbaum says she could win another city-wide race, if it wasn’t for personal distractions.

On Bloomberg, Tom Robbins writes, “His platform, so far, consists of a vacuous rhetoric that lets listeners read into it whatever they want.”

“The Democratic leader of the Senate, Malcolm Smith, spent $1,200 of his campaign cash for two trips to a day spa in Saint Albans, [called] Pamper Me,” reports Jacob Gershman.

As Eliot Spitzer’s troubles increased, donors flocked to the governor and gave him money.

Maggie Haberman reports that Rudy Giuliani’s firm has a month-to-month contract with a prominent John McCain volunteer.

At a Giuliani event in Florida, anti-abortion activists heckled a mom of a dead soldier.

New Jersey voters are drifting away from Giuliani.

An NBC reporter discusses life on the Giuliani trail.

Floyd Flake, a former Congressman and Clinton supporter, writes a column headlined, “Barack & Hillary, it’s white men you ought to worry about.”

Michael Goodwin is waiting for the Clinton-Obama truce to end, writing, “Those genies are too hot to stay in the bottle. We’ll see them again.”

This blogger thinks it’s wrong for campaigns to donate to charity money they received from troubled fund-raiser Norman Hsu [clarified].

Noam Schelber disagrees with Chris Matthews about the winner of last night’s Democratic debate.

And getting a P.R. agency in this city isn’t easy.

The Morning Read: Wednesday, January 16, 2008