Weekend in Review: Clinton Stays, Troopergate Returns

In an interview published Saturday, Hillary Clinton told the Washington Post, “I have no intention of stopping until we finish what we started and until we see what happens in the next 10 contests and until we resolve Florida and Michigan.”

Her campaign is trying to raise money by drawing attention to the calls for her to drop out.

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Peggy Noonan accuses Clinton of “cognitive dissonance.”

The Washington Post editorial board doesn’t think Clinton should go.

Ralph Nader also thinks she should stay in.

Bill Clinton thinks those calling for her to get out of the race should “just relax.”

John Kerry echoes Howard Dean’s call to have the Democratic nomination wrapped up by July 1.

John Heilemann writes in New York magazine that the reason there has been no endorsement from John Edwards is that Barack Obama “blew it.”

In a speech Saturday, Edwards praised both candidates.

The Texas Democratic regional conventions were held yesterday, and the Houston Chronicle‘s unofficial count shows Obama will get four more delegates than Clinton, even though she won the popular vote.

In a Boston Globe op-ed, Mario Cuomo promotes the idea of a Clinton-Obama ticket.

Their surrogates, however, are hesitant to commit them to a joint ticket.

The Clinton campaign isn’t paying all its bills.

Spokesman Bill Burton concedes that Obama was mistaken when he characterized the role the Kennedy family played in bringing his father to America.

Condaleezza Rice thinks it is “important” that Obama gave his speech on race.

In a speech Friday, Obama said he wants to return to “traditional” foreign policy, citing George H.W. Bush, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.

Michael Goodwin thinks Obama is guilty of appeasement.

The owner of the Pittsburg Tribune-Review chronicles his conversion to Clinton.

Renewed violence in Iraq is forcing discussion of the war back onto the campaign trail.

Campaigning in Pennsylvania, Obama said of the abortion issue, “This is an example where good people can disagree.”

Obama talks about the economy—and the cost of a prolonged fight for the Democratic nomination—with Al Hunt.

Chelsea Clinton says her mom will be a better president than her dad.

CNN reports (with video!) that Obama says his economic plan is better than his bowling game.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, a Clinton supporter, says he would have left Jeremiah Wright‘s church.

Frank Rich thinks Clinton’s Tuzla story is a watershed event in the campaign.

Noam Sheiber thinks Rich is making a little too much of it.

Joe Lieberman says John McCain comes closer than either Obama or Clinton to fulfilling the legacy of John F. Kennedy.

Senator Mel Martinez of Florida—who helped McCain win the state—does not stand completely behind the Arizona senator’s economic plan.

John Kerry tells George Stephanopoulos how he really feels about McCain.

Albany County District Attorney David Soares’ second report on Troopergate, released Friday, shows that Eliot Spitzer was deeply involved in the effort to discredit Joe Bruno, and that he lied about it to investigators.

The Daily News editorial board thinks that if Spitzer was not already gone, he would be forced to resign after the extent to which he lied about Troopergate was exposed.

Fred Dicker reports that Bruno wants to know why Soares’ first report on Troopergate was wrong.

Spitzer’s call girl has ties to a man who is allegedly linked to organized crime.

David Paterson is following the advice of Andrew Cuomo, who thinks the governor should defer to Spitzer the decision to waive executive privilege over Troopergate documents.

The New York Times looks at the role Paterson played in helping his wife get funding for the hospital she worked at.

Requiring New Yorkers to pay sales tax for online purchases is one of the ways in which Paterson may try to raise revenue for the state.

The M.T.A. is worried about cuts to their budget.

James Odato writes, “Some say Paterson and lawmakers are being fiscally reckless.”

The Democrat & Chronicle editorial board is, along with Paterson, calling for a more environmentally sound plan for Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

Councilman Lew Fidler says some congestion pricing opponents are caving under pressure from Michael Bloomberg and allies.

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association decided to oppose congestion pricing, and Sally Goldenberg thinks this is no surprise.

David Seifman reports that two of Bloomberg’s closest friends have been major donors to the P.A.C. that is pushing for congestion pricing.

Kirsten Danis reports that City Council members were “stunned” last week when Bloomberg said he would support Hiram Monserrate if he decides to try to unseat State Senator John Sabini.

There was an oil spill at Indian Point nuclear plant last Thursday.

Atlantic Yards, at the timetable envisioned, is obviously dead, but a major project somewhat like it might arrive on a much attenuated schedule,” writes Norman Oder.

Tony Avella and community leaders protested the proposed rezoning of 125th street in Harlem.

Eric Gioia is pushing for an investigation of calling card companies.

Dick Cavett has some suggestions for the candidates.

 

Weekend in Review: Clinton Stays, Troopergate Returns