Friday, December 02, 2005

NY Republicans

Further evidence that the Republican Party in NY is fractured and rudderless with Pataki as a lame duck. The fight in NY looks like a precursuor to the national fight for control of the party with modertaes looking to assert themselves. Also a clear concession that Hillary is unbeatable in '06:

After a meeting with Gov. George E. Pataki today that heightened speculation that she would drop out of the United States Senate race, Jeanine F. Pirro emerged to say that she remains a candidate to oppose Hillary Rodham Clinton in next year's election.

The 90-minute meeting in the governor's midtown Manhattan office came after the Republican State Senate majority leader, Joseph L. Bruno, said Ms. Pirro should run for attorney general instead. Polls have shown the Republican Ms. Pirro trailing badly in the race against Senator Clinton, a Democrat. Ms. Pirro, the outgoing Westchester County district attorney, has also had a difficult time raising money.

After the meeting with Governor Pataki today, Ms. Pirro tried to put a positive spin on why members of her own party have called for her to drop her Senate candidacy.

"What's happened in the last several days is that there are people who are complimenting my abilities to run for other offices as well, and I am grateful for their belief that I can run for any office in this state," she said. "Right now, I am a candidate for the United States Senate."

Gingrich and the "Contract"

This from today's Fix on Washington Post:

* Wildcard -- Newt Gingrich: The rehabilitation of Gingrich's image is worth a column in and of itself. Seven years ago when he resigned from the House, he was a figure of significant scorn among the very Republicans who had ridden his "Contract with America" to the House majority just four years earlier. In the intervening years, Gingrich has emerged as one of the leading ideas men among Republicans. Plus, national polling shows him with a small-but-solid following among likely GOP primary voters. Gingrich is a long shot to win the nomination, but he has proven his doubters wrong before.

Interesting for a number of reasons, not least of which are recent indications from Rahm Emmanuel and others that democrats plan to unveil a midterm agenda modeled on Newt's "Contract" of '94. With dems splintered on the approach in Iraq and silent so far on specific domestic priorities, it is difficult to envision a clear articulation of specific policy promises to the electorate. The Contract with America resonated because folks knew what they were buying--the Democrat brand doesn't have much meaning at the moment.