The Morning Read: Friday, February 22, 2008

Despite the sharp rhetoric and emotional closing, Patrick Healy and Jeff Zeleny aren’t sure Hillary Clinton changed the tide of her campaign.

Hispanic voters in Texas think she did well.

Substantively, Clinton tried to make the debate about health care.

Clinton’s campaign continues to explain why the ordinary voters have nothing to fear from superdelegates.

Clinton’s line that Barack Obama’s rhetoric “is not change you can believe in, it’s change you can Xerox,” draws a negative response.

Clinton donors aren’t happy with how the campaign is spending money: $100,000 for groceries, $25,000 for rooms at the Bellagio and $5 million for consultants in January.

The Financial Times thinks Obama’s shift left on trade leaves an opening not for Clinton, but for John McCain.

McCain is fund-raising off yesterday’s New York Times story about his relationship with a lobbyist.

Tracy Connor writes “In a sign of some media outlets’ queasiness with The Times story, the Boston Globe – which has the same parent company – ran The [Washington] Post’s less salacious version.”

Here’s the backstory on that lobbyist, Vicki Iseman.

McCain can’t leave the public-financing program until he provides details of a loan his campaign received earlier.

Corey Kilgannon gets nostalgic for O.T.B.

Is Michael Bloomberg interested in a spot at the World Bank?

Eliot Spitzer’s new attempt to reduce health care spending does not includes calling people “crybabies.”

Top police lawyers met with Spitzer’s aids for three hours right before Andrew Cuomo’s report was released, documenting their attempts to discredit Joe Bruno.

Spitzer aide Eric Dinallo defends his actions with bond insurers.

The Diaz family’s efforts to keep a cop in public housing get noticed.

The state won’t tax those rebate checks from the federal government.

The New York legislature has more employees than other state legislature in the country.

Brooklyn Paper investigates the primary election results in that borough.

The city is opening 52 new schools in September.

Karl Rove may have tried to smear the Democratic governor of Alabama.

David Brooks says the background for yesterday’s McCain story is the rift in his camp between two close advisors.

Clinton’s Xerox line “was a pathetic swing and miss,” says Michael Goodwin.

In the letters to the editor section, New York Times readers are split on the McCain story.

The publisher of the American Spectator says the difference between Obama 08 and Goldwater 64 is that Goldwater galvanized supporters based on principle, not rhetoric.

The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board wants more information on the Clintons’ finances.

Pervez Musharraf writes a column calling for continued support from the United States.

And Percy Sutton is proud to be black. The Morning Read: Friday, February 22, 2008