The Morning Read: Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Hillary Clinton said she would “opt out” of NAFTA.

Clinton also complained that she was asked the first question.

One unnamed source tells Thomas DeFrank Clinton has to “stay on the high road to retain her standing as a party elder instead of a pariah.”

After a stunning loss in yesterday’s special election, Joe Bruno released a statement saying, “We remain the majority party in the State Senate.”

Jacob Gershman writes, “While Mr. Spitzer did not campaign in the district, his presence was clearly felt. Through the state Democratic Party, Mr. Spitzer poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into the Aubertine campaign and put his political advisers in charge of polling and advertising.”

State Democratic Party chair June O’Neil said the race will have a far-reaching impact.

Some Washington Post readers think Michael Bloomberg should be Vice President.

Marty Markowitz leads a poll of possible 2009 mayoral candidates.

Jon Catsimatidis gets profiled, and describes using a photo with Bill Clinton as an insurance policy to guarantee his safety in Mali. “"I figure, shit, I want to get out of here alive.”

Jon Corzine wants to trim the New Jersey state budget by 3,000 employees and make other steep cuts.

Jury selection starts for the trial of Sharpe James.

Maureen Dowd writes, “The fact that Obama is exceptionally easy in his skin has made Hillary almost jump out of hers.”

El Diaro/La Prensa opposes Michael Bloomberg’s proposed school budget cuts.

The Augusta Chronicle wonders if Bloomberg will enter the presidential race.

The Wall Street Journal editorial board doesn’t like Obama’s support for a bill that favors “patriotic” companies.

And Deepak Chopra writes in the Washington Post that he is not the Antichrist.

The Morning Read: Wednesday, February 27, 2008