I think the odds of her running are about a 100 percent to zero," said former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson. "I think she will. She’s a formidable candidate."(1)
Andrew Cuomo is planning a string of high-profile, high-dollar fund-raisers, as reported by Maggie Haberman: two in Florida, one at a Paul Simon concert with a $100,000 "chair"-level spot and another with a $15,000-a-seat price.
It may be too early to declare that the New York Post state editor, Fred Dicker "abandons Cuomo," but there is a more visible rift emerging between the freshman Democratic governor and the Albany reporter who largely praised his earlier efforts and is currently writing about about him.
The simplest explanation of what happened to Mitt Romney, more compelling than the storm and the ground game and Nate Silver and Chris Christie and the up-ticking economy and "47 percent," even though all of those things mattered, is that there aren't enough voters now who like the agenda that the Republican Party sent Romney into the general to sell.
Quinnipiac's poll this morning shows Governor Andrew Cuomo with a 73 percent approval rating, but trailing Hillary Clinton insupport for a prospective run for the White House in 2016.
Dicker said that Mary Snow, a New York-based political correspondent for Wolf Blitzer's "Situation Room," had contacted him Monday "saying that CNN was going to be doing a piece on the possibilities of Andrew Cuomo running for president in 2016 and would I speak to them.
It was less a political development than a political-narrative development this week, as both Hillary Clinton and Andrew Cuomo acknowledged speculation that they might run for president in 2016, positioning two giants of New York politics for the greatest imaginary primary of all time.
"I think John had exactly the right strategy," Giuliani said.
There's a problem, though: This wasn't really McCain's strategy in '08. Yes, it's true that McCain's campaign ended up downplaying expectations for their candidate in Iowa, that McCain himself skipped the August 2007 Ames straw poll, and that he ultimately expended far more time and energy in New Hampshire. But this doesn't mean he skipped Iowa. In fact, McCain's Iowa showing ended up being critical to his national success.
Where has this sober and responsible iteration of Rudy Giuliani been this whole time? And why has he resurfaced now?
In his first interview after Barack Obama's announcement of the killing of Osama bin Laden, Giuliani said, "I admire the courage of the president to make a decision like this because if something had gone wrong everyone would be blaming him."
And, even as New York City firefighters, police officers and ordinary civilians were cheering down at Ground Zero, Giuliani said, with apparent candor, that he wasn't quite prepared to join in the revelry.
Maggie Haberman: He did not do things the proverbial "New Hampshire way," in the sense that he traveled around in a black stretch limo with an entourage of guys with earpieces and so forth. But he certainly drew a crowd, a huge one, wherever he went, and he was reveling in it. That said, many of the people he encountered were tourists who were visiting the coastal town of Portsmouth, over the border from Maine.
Each day, the New York tabloids vie to sell readers at the newsstands on outrageous headlines, dramatic photography, and, occasionally, great reporting. Who is today's winner?(2)