January 2, 2007

HOW TO COOK YOUR OWN GOOSE:

Revealed: Rudy's '08 battle plans (Ben Smith, 1/02/06, NY Daily News)

The remarkably detailed dossier sets out the budgets, schedules and fund-raising plans that will underpin the former New York mayor's presidential campaign - as well as his aides' worries that personal and political baggage could scuttle his run. [...]

One page cites the explicit concern that he might "drop out of [the] race" as a consequence of his potentially "insurmountable" personal and political vulnerabilities.

On the same page is a list of the candidate's central problems in bullet-point form: his private sector business; disgraced former aide Bernard Kerik; his third wife, Judith Nathan Giuliani; "social issues," on which is he is more liberal than most Republicans, and his former wife Donna Hanover.

The concerns appear to be listed as issues for Giuliani law partner Pat Oxford to address and are followed by the central question of the campaign:

Are there "prob[lem]s that are insurmount[able]?" it asks, adding, "Has anyone reviewed with RWG?" Giuliani, whose middle name is William, is referred to throughout the document by his initials.

"All will come out - in worst light," the memo continues. "$100 million against us on this stuff."


It's a smart way for them to introduce the topics--early and seemingly accidentally--but they do mean he can't win a national Republican nomination. Neither he nor Senator Obama are realistic challengers to the front-runners in the long term.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 2, 2007 9:15 PM
Comments

The Republicans can't do it without live babies and guns. Mere lip service, or Romney-style flip-flopping won't do it either. The right-to-life and RKBA people have to be fired up or it's no go.

It does no good either to say that the forgoing components of the conservative coalition may be taken for granted because they have nowhere else to go. Rather they are needed in their enthusiasm as activists and contributors.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 3, 2007 8:34 AM
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