May 22, 2006


America’s mayor, but what’s next? (Rachelle G. Cohen, May 22, 2006 , Boston Herald)

[T]oday Giuliani stands alone before the hero worshipers - unblemished either by poor policy choices or events - and not unaware that there aren’t many left who can lead the Republican Party out of the wilderness in which it finds itself.

He is bemused that a book by New York Post columnist John Podhoretz is predicated on the notion that Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) is on an inexorable march to the White House and that he might be the only Republican on the planet who can stop her.

“Hillary does look like the front runner at the moment,” Giuliani said in an interview. “I guess McCain and I share that role in our party. But she seems to have it all to herself right now.”

Only belatedly does he think to mention Sen. John Kerry or the retooled Al Gore.

McCain may be already off and running, but Giuliani is working on his own timetable.

“First we have to get through ’06, and it’s going to be very tight,” he said of the congressional elections. Oh, he’s been out and about making appearances for candidates and fundraising in North Carolina, Georgia, California. Sure it’s the right thing to do, but it also doesn’t hurt to collect those chits if a year from now - and that is his time frame - America’s mayor turns presidential contender.

“I’ll approach it from this point of view,” he said, “whether I can make a significant contribution.

“It will also depend on what the issues are a year from now,” he added, noting that voters look for different qualities in their leaders, depending on those issues.

And it is also - as it is for every potential contender - about the money.

To appreciate how far Right the country has shifted in the last several decades, consider that the Mayor is the most liberal person with a realistic shot at being the next president.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 22, 2006 8:39 AM

The Republican party is in the 'wilderness'?

Sounds like this lady is auditioning for National Review.

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 22, 2006 8:49 AM

Or The New Republic, not that there's much difference between them.

Posted by: David Cohen at May 22, 2006 11:05 AM

"The great left hope"--what a clever turn of phrase. We recall when that had been said of McCain by someone or other.

What is most astute is the observation of how far the center has shifted.

Our tactic must be to keep the pressure on, to maintain the initiative by forcing the "progressives" to define their vision of progress, namely to oppose the progress of humanity under our leadership.

This should not be that hard, as what is left of the left is little more than an asylum of blind reaction.

Posted by: Lou Gots at May 22, 2006 12:00 PM