Good afternoon. Today’s points:

  • Deja Giuliani vu
  • No party allegiance
  • Obama’s curtain call music

Sore Point

Fine party lines

State Sen. Simcha Felder of Brooklyn is post-ideology and post-party. Felder was elected twice on the Democratic Party line, but caucused with Republicans because they have delivered for the Orthodox Jewish community, his base of support.

Now the registered Democrat says he will run on the Republican Party line as well in this fall’s election, when one or two races could swing control of the State Senate. Felder, who also has the Conservative Party line, says he will caucus with the winning side.

“A party line is not a religion,” he says. “It’s a business, and I am in the business of doing whatever I can to best serve my constituents.” The question is whether Democrats will want him or cater to his demands if they have a majority without him.

Rita Ciolli

Case in Point

We have a visitor

Speaking of control of the State Senate, Majority Leader John Flanagan visits with the editorial board Thursday afternoon, and the November election will surely be one of the topics of discussion. More on our conversation on Friday.

Rita Ciolli

Reference Point

The Rudy strategy

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was on CNN Thursday morning saying he is part of the team negotiating the terms of the presidential debates on Donald Trump’s behalf.

Trump had been dissing the debates and hedging on whether he would attend as a way to get leverage over the journalist who will be the moderator. That drove Republican Party officials crazy, and Giuliani was sent out as a surrogate to quiet the waters. “I see no reason why there are not gonna be debates,” Giuliani told CNN. “I believe that the debates are critical for him, because I believe he needs to go above the press and talk directly to the people.”

Mind you, it’s not that Trump hasn’t been successful at doing that. But Giuliani seems to think he developed the strategy.

Giuliani explained that going “above the press” was crucial, recalling a New York Newsday front page that he said captured what he was trying to do back in 1994, when he faced strong headwinds from a critical press.

“There was once a headline in Newsday when I was mayor, was called ‘Air Mayor.’ And Newsday had actually figured out my strategy,” Giuliani said on CNN. “After 12 months of being viciously criticized by The New York Times, in particular, and the liberal media in New York, they figured out my strategy. I was on radio and television so often that I was delivering my own message to people because I didn’t want The New York Times saying, ‘the angry mayor, the mean mayor, the mean mayor trying to take people off welfare and requiring them to work.’ ”

Just one thing: The “wood” that day was “Air Rudy.” Take a look above.

Rita Ciolli and Eli Reyes

Bonus Point

Obama’s soundtrack

Donald Trump said Thursday morning that he’d be ready for a “very, very nice long vacation” if he loses the presidential election. President Barack Obama, on the other hand, shows no signs of being ready to leave office — or at least, you might get that impression perusing the summer playlist the commander-in-chief dropped on Twitter Thursday.

Building an opening argument to explain his continued effectiveness, Obama’s “daytime” songs include “So Ambitious” (Jay-Z), “Rock Steady” (Aretha Franklin), “Good Vibrations” (Beach Boys) and “Man Like That” (Gin Wigmore).

And the leader of the free world until Jan. 20 seemed to be making his case for a third term through his “nighttime” selections, the time for dreaming. Those selections include “If I Have My Way” (Chrisette Michele), “So Very Hard to Go” (Tower of Power), “I’ll Be There For You / You’re All I Need” (Mary J. Blige), and “I Get Lonely” (Janet Jackson).

The president, currently vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard, closed with “Say Yes” (Floetry).

Mark Chiusano