Weekend in Review: Bitterness, Lawyers, Guns

Jay Newton-Small has a useful recap of the events that completely enveloped the campaigns this weekend, after audio surfaced of Barack Obama, at a private fund-raiser, saying of small-town Pennsylvanians, “it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

Hillary Clinton’s new top pollster, Geoffrey Garin, pounced on the idea of Obama as an elitist.

Ben has some video of the event, though the remarks in question aren’t in it.

Mike Allen seems to think it could be huge problem for Obama.

So does Chris Cillizza.

The editors of the Politico suddenly, in this article, cast onto the Obama campaign every doubt ever conceived about it.

Joe Klein counters a few of the arguments in the Politico story, but generally seems to think the authors made good points.

“One bright spot for Obama,” writes Marc Ambinder, “his campaign’s response to the story was quick and strong.”

Carl Bernstein takes back a lot of the nice things he has said and written about the Clintons and the Hillary Clinton candidacy.

In GQ, Bill Richardson gives an incredibly exhaustive account of being courted for endorsement by both Democrats.

Clinton professes her love of guns.

James Carville says during an interview, “I don’t think Sen. Obama understands the relationship of people to their guns.”

Tonight, the Compassion Forum!

The L.A. Times reports that a company that donated to Bill Clinton’s foundation is linked to the Chinese crackdown in Tibet.

Jimmy Carter says he won’t endorse until the convention, but he’s already made it pretty clear who he supports.

Newsweek considers Obama’s foreign policy experience in an article with this weirdly ambiguous sub-headline: “Obama says he knows the globe better than his rivals. Does he know it too well?

An examination of Clinton’s record in the Senate indicates a general support for free trade agreements.

Washington Wire says they have a private campaign memo from Rick Davis asking potential McCain donors to help pay off Rudy Giuliani’s campaign debts.

Kate Zernike profiles McCain’s “steady hand,” Charlie Black.

Christine Quinn has hired a criminal defense lawyer.

The New York Post says that federal investigators are considering criminal charges against those involved with directing money to council speaker’s slush fund.

Joe Bruno fired his finance secretary right after the state budget was done.

David Paterson creates a State Energy Planning Board to make a new plan for the state’s energy needs.

The Daily News points out that things are not going well for Silda Wall Spitzer.

The New York Post points out that Eliot Spitzer has cost the state at least $3.6 million in investigations.

Spitzer has gone to work for his father, and is reportedly seeing a therapist.

Kirsten Danis reports that Michael Bloomberg might be talking to his aides about getting around term limits.

Randi Weingarten is running for president of the national teacher’s union.

Chuck Schumer, as D.S.C.C. chair, affirms his support for incumbent Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey.

Joe Addabbo’s primary opponent says Addabbo is running just to dilute the Democratic vote, which would keep Republican Serf Maltese in office.

Doc Hikind gives an interview to the Jerusalem Post that Liz characterizes as “free-wheeling.”

The debate about the Water Board rate increase is getting pretty heated.

Weekend in Review: Bitterness, Lawyers, Guns