Weekend in Review: Hillary’s Potential Appointment, Hillary’s Potential Replacement, Praise for Paterson’s Cuts

According to Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton would be a great secretary of state.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Henry Kissinger also think it’s a great idea.

Would her appointment give Barack Obama the leeway to appoint Larry Summers to the Treasury?

Ben points out that the last presidential candidate to be secretary of state was Ed Muskie–who, incidentally, was also the last presidential candidate to cry in New Hampshire during the Democratic primary.

Eliot Spitzer–reprising his original, now extremely prescient-looking role as Sheriff of Wall Street–writes in the Washington Post that he hopes Obama will take a revolutionary and muscular approach to regulating the markets, but that he doesn’t consider government acquisition of risk to be the solution.

The Daily News is not amused by Spitzer’s re-emergence.

John Riley decided not to make a joke out of it.

Ben Smith makes the case for why Spitzer might be appointed to replace Clinton in the Senate, if she does accept the job of secretary of state.

Noam Scheiber agrees.

Bouldin thinks it’s important to remember why Spitzer really left; also, he would also be surprised if Clinton took the post.

Jerry Skurnik warns Paterson against appointing himself to Clinton’s seat.

Robert Harding favors Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (although that would mean he can’t head the E.P.A.).

Or, maybe Obama will just make Bill Richardson secretary of state.

From Dubai, Rudy Giuliani doesn’t reject the idea of running for governor, or for that matter, president.

The Times editorial board has praise for David Paterson’s proposed budget cuts, and criticism for State Senate Republicans who are resisting them.

The Democrat & Chronicle editorial board concurs, but predicts that nothing will get done at Albany‘s special session this week.

Either way, Tom Golisano will be there.

Probable-Representative-elect Eric Massa’s lead in the recount is widening.

A liberal Rochester blogger has mixed feelings about the rumor that Republican State Senator Jim Alesi will flip to the Democrats.

Michael Barbaro isn’t sure Michael Bloomberg’s unorthodox campaign strategy is going to work.

Bloomberg has a new strategy to encourage taxi drivers to use hybrid cars.

Kendall Stewart’s indicted former chief of staff is still using government license plates, and no one seems to have a problem with it.

A conflict is brewing between Chinatown and the East Village over a zoning proposal that critics are calling discriminatory.

According to an audit, the M.T.A. has hundreds of essentially non-essential employees.

Nicolai Ouroussoff has an ode to Buffalo in today’s New York Times, and takes a critical view of the mayor and federal government’s plan for downtown.

Traffic in upstate canals was down more than 20 percent this season.

Four hundred bars applied for special permits to stay open all night New Year’s Eve last year; this year, there have been 39 applications.

The Atlantic City smoking ban has been repealed, due largely to the failing economy.

Nothing unexpected in Obama‘s first YouTube address.

James Zogby defends Rahm Emanuel.

Pawlenty 2012.

In the Wall Street Journal, George W. Bush defends the free market…

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Weekend in Review: Hillary’s Potential Appointment, Hillary’s Potential Replacement, Praise for Paterson’s Cuts