February 23, 2007

BOY IN THE BUBBLE:

Stepping to the Plate, Giuliani Is Seeing Only Softballs (RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA, 2/23/07, NY Times)

In a swing through South Carolina this week, Rudolph W. Giuliani chose to campaign at a fire house, which is a little like Derek Jeter meeting with Yankees fans -- a most unlikely forum for hostility, or even much skepticism.

Instead of the sometimes barbed give-and-take endured by the other candidates, Mr. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, fielded a few questions from the firefighters and police officers who gathered to hear him here. The questions, which began with comments like, "Being in your presence here is just unbelievable," stuck almost entirely to issues on which Mr. Giuliani is most comfortable, like airport security and border control.

More than the other major presidential candidates, Mr. Giuliani has limited himself to events with narrowly defined, friendly audiences, avoiding the kind of uncomfortable interrogations his rivals have occasionally faced.


What else can he do? As soon as he has to start explaining his political views his candidacy is over.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 23, 2007 8:36 AM
Comments

"More than the other major presidential candidates, Mr. Giuliani has limited himself to events with narrowly defined, friendly audiences, avoiding the kind of uncomfortable interrogations his rivals have occasionally faced."

Give me a break. McCain won't do mainstream conservative talk radio, will he? And let's not even get started on Hillary's campaigning style...

Posted by: b at February 23, 2007 2:45 PM

Don't underestimate the guy who actually has executive experience. Experience actually running something in the world of give-and-take negotiations and amid constant partisan attacks gives one a lot of political agility. The race is between the two leading executives, Romney and Giuliani, the rest of the GOP candidates are just churning the waters to enhance their wealth after their inevitable primary flameouts.

Posted by: Palmcroft at February 23, 2007 4:16 PM

Romney has zero chance. Too much like Kerry. Plus you underestimate the Mormon angle. It will reduce his appeal in the primaries.

I know everyone here hates McCain but he is still the man to beat. I back Rudy butt McCain is cleraly the more conservative. Only libertarians on the internet care about McCain-Feingold.

Posted by: Bob at February 23, 2007 5:01 PM

The biggest advantage McCain has is that his two closest primary opponents are Northeast liberals.

Posted by: sam at February 23, 2007 5:31 PM

Bob, I agree that Romney has no chance, but why do you say he's like Kerry.

Romney didn't conspire with our enemies in Vietnam, didn't tell lies to congress about our soldiers murdering innocents in Vietnam, didn't falsify injuries to get medals and get sent home from Vietnam, didn't marry two rich women and live the life of a pasha on their wealth, didn't have the fire hydrant in front of his wife's house moved so he could park there, didn't serve as a U.S. senator who never made the slightest mark on the record, doesn't have the foot-in-mouth disease that the left assigns to Bush, and doesn't look so dorky that he almost made people feel sorry for him.

Romney has no chance because he doesn't have the famous "fire in the belly."

Posted by: erp at February 23, 2007 5:46 PM

Erp: Those are personal character flaws of Kerry you describe, I agree that Romney is nothing like that.

It is his basic lack of any political principles that reminds me of Kerry. Political weather vanes, taking the positions calculated for most short term advantage. Flip floppers on principle, not just tactics.

Posted by: Bob at February 23, 2007 10:23 PM

Bob, thanks for clearing that up. I concur with all you say and making Romney an even more improbable candidate is that he looks like he's sleep walking.

Posted by: erp at February 24, 2007 11:25 AM
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