Here's more from that New York Times piece on Bloomberg's SUV ride to the Subway station (the paper followed the mayor for five weeks on his daily commute): "Almost every morning, two Suburbans waited outside his East 79th Street town house, sometimes with engines idling and windows up, until their charge was ready to leave. Uniformed police officers and the mayor's security detail flanked the doorway as Mr. Bloomberg emerged and ducked into one of the waiting vehicles. As they head to the express subway, they pass two No. 6 local stops, at 77th Street and 68th Street. They pull up to the 59th Street station, across the street from Bloomingdale's."
Every election cycle has that one set of swing voters that pollsters are dying to brand (soccer moms, security moms, NASCAR dads) in order to get extra attention for their work. Bloomberg News chimes in with what we believe is the first attempt to identify the 2008 key swing voter group: "Anxious Xers'' and "angry independents."
Speaking of pollsters -- and just in time for today's NBC/WSJ poll! -- the Politico's Wilner praises the different national polls out there. "But don't shoot the pollsters; celebrate them. Since the 1980s, national news media alliances such as NBC and the Journal, CBS and The New York Times, ABC and The Washington Post, and a few others have provided the majority of reliable polling data on what Americans think about the state of the country, and why."
Two former presidential candidates currently serving in the Senate (Joe Lieberman and Lamar Alexander) have decided to weigh in on the controversy surrounding the primary calendar. They are getting behind a much talked about proposal that secretaries of state have supported for years -- a regional rotation of primaries, creating four Super Tuesdays. (But until the governors get involved and pledge not to sign bills that frontload the calendar, all of this chatter by secretaries of state and ex-POTUS candidates is just that ... chatter.)
The New York Times front-pages the growing movement to limit the political activity of state elections officials.