In the Observer: Bad-News Smith, Albany-Pace Island

Most Democrats think Barack Obama’s victory is a sure thing, Jason Horowitz reports, so now it’s time to starting asking for stuff.

Jacob Gershman reports on the unpleasant balancing act State Senator Malcolm Smith will face if he become minority leader. Also, “There’s going to be a leadership fight, and he knows it,” says one political scientist.

Don’t hold your breath for anything on Governors Island, reports Eliot Brown.

In the Observer: Bad-News Smith, Albany-Pace Island