What do the struggles of David Weprin portend, precisely?
Alex Pareene gets out in front of inevitable Bellwether Analysis of the race in NY-9, since this district in not like other districts, and these candidates are not like other candidates, and because bellwether analysis of special elections is always more fun than it is useful. Ask Colby Hamilton, who provides some crucial, on-the-ground details about how exactly Weprin's campaign is its own thing.
The New York Times' David Chen gets the story about Christine Quinn's campaign hiring pollster Joel Benenson. He had hitched his wagon onto Anthony Weiner's career which, obviously, is on hiatus. It's unclear where the rest of Weiner's operation lands as 2013 heats up.
Hillary Clinton spoke today about smart counter-terrorism.
Again, Clinton shot down the notion she'll run for president. [Doug Mataconis]
Giuliani's speech writer on 9/11 instantly recognized that the newspapers that morning were "irrelevant" and from a different century. He also says, "I have this dark distinction of probably writing more eulogies than anyone else alive." [Harry Siegel]
Obama's campaign will discuss Jewish outreach today, which is an issue "playing a pivotal role in the unexpectedly close special election" in NY-9. [Nick Confessore]
The New York Times describes Weprin has having an "Inspector Clouseau mustache" and being a "Jewish Rambo" on Israeli politics. Dana Rubinstein gets only half the credit for that image. [Dan Bilefsky]
Weprin said he's not trying to be President Obama's senior adviser. [Beth Fouhy]
Obama's campaign isn't on Weprin's radar. [Nancy Scola]
"[T]he psychological effect of a Democratic loss in NY-09 would be devastating…[and] a ridiculous overreaction." [Alex Pareene]
Liz Holtzman does a robocall for Weprin. [Liz Benjamin]
"If today’s event today was any indication, things don’t look good for Weprin. After the poll was released showing Weprin sliding into second place, the campaign held a 'protest' against Donald Trump’s endorsement of Bob Turner. In Midtown. Far, far away from the district that could be slipping through his fingers." [Colby Hamilton]
Turner nationalized the race, and that's why he's ahead, maybe. Weprin's campaign did not return a request for comment from FoxNews.com. [Judson Berger]
I'm not sure I buy this, but a blogger suggests there's a particular reason why my photo of Weprin is being used in an ad accusing him of betraying Judaism. [@goodasyou]
If you're parked on the West Side Highway, chat with a WNYC reporter. [Ailsa Chang]
Quinn's campaign picks up pollster Joel Benenson, whose clients have included President Obama and onetime Quinn rival Anthony Weiner. (Also, Benenson once polled the vulnerabilities of a certain New York City mayor.) [David Chen]