We Look at the Presidential Race
How Will it Affect State Senate?
Can Sophomore Spitzer Recover?
The first of the month is a good time to look around, review what happened last month and what is likely to happen in the next four weeks.
America in general, and the political community in particular, are preoccupied with the national election. Every four years they change the rules, and the innovation in 2008 is an early Super Tuesday, coming just two days after the Super Bowl. We go in for superlatives, in sports and politics as well as in business and life.
Dozens of pundits and prophets describe the action each day, and it would be superfluous for us to join them. We can be helpful by pointing out to you a column which we think is particularly good, and giving you the opportunity to link to it at your convenience.
Today we were intrigued by Charles Krauthammer's article in the Daily News. We do not necessarily agree with him, but he is making a point. It relates, in a way, to Jacob Weisberg's book, The Bush Tragedy, reviewed on E33 of today's Times by Michiko Kakutani.
Few people have heard of the National Journal. It is published by Atlantic Media, and its office is in the Watergate. By examining Senate roll calls, they conclude that, on the basis of 99 votes, Barack Obama is the most liberal member of the Senate. In their survey, Hillary Rodham Clinton comes out No. 16. Check it out if you are curious.