Iowa weeds out Bachmann and maybe Gingrich, after 16 televised debates couldn’t
In the New York Post, John Podhoretz makes the case that the results from Iowa last night validate good old-fashioned campaigning, but also point up the uselessness of having so many presidential debates, which exposed the weakness of Rick Perry but also gave undue attention to Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich.
Thomas Friedman of the Times makes a similar argument about the debates, although not from the perspective of their partisan value or of what they ultimately showed about the primacy of organization. Instead, Friedman lamented that none of the Republican presidential candidates were really asked questions "about the world in which we're living in and how we adapt to it."
A consensus, of sorts.
Mitt Romney didn't get the decisive win he was hoping for. [Jeff Zeleny]
The losers were a lot less obvious than the winner, and New Hampshire is unlikely to clear things up. [Steve Kornacki]
Romney will get John McCain's endorsement. [Ben Smith]
Rick Santorum has Evangelicals to thank. [The Takeaway]
Michele Bachmann didn't drop out. [Associated Press]
Rick Perry might. [Jonathan Lemire]
The G.O.P. debates allowed fringe candidates who didn't really build a campaign to stay in the spotlight for too long. [John Podhoretz]
Spike Lee will host Barack Obama at a Jan. 19 fund-raiser in Manhattan. [Page Six]
Critics of Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to legalize gambling note that his father was wary of it. [David Blankenhorn and Andrew Yarrow]
Cuomo manages the upgrade of the Capitol building. "This place has been gloomy for a long time," he tells a Times reporter in an interview. [Thomas Kaplan]
Cuomo gets support from a tabloid editorial page in his push to reform public education, despite obstruction from the teacher's union. [Daily News]
The Manhattan district attorney isn't saying why he's not pursuing charges against a woman whose six-month-old fetus was found in the garbage. [Laura Italiano]
Carl Kruger is going to get his pension, even though he admitted to his role in a bribery scheme. [Erik Kriss and Bruce Golding]
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is sending millions of dollars to improve Randall's Island parks; East Harlem residents are jealous. [Juan Gonzalez]
City Comptroller John Liu will proceed with a birthday party fund-raiser next week. [Chuck Bennett]
New York gun laws need flexibility, but should not be gutted, a law-and-order councilman says. [Peter Vallone Jr.]
Councilman Dan Halloran says, "Thankfully this was NOT a true 'bias' crime," and mockingly suggests banning Starbucks frappuccino bottles to "prevent future arsonists." [Facebook]
Senator Chuck Schumer's cousin is a stand-up comedian, a columnist finds out. [Cindy Adams]
Councilman Oliver Koppell's daughter is a comedian posing a Tea Party journalist. [TeaPartyReport]