October 18, 2007

THE INCREDIBLE DISAPPEARING FRONT RUNNER:

Giuliani's Conservative Support Tenuous (ALAN FRAM, 10/18/07, AP)

[A] close look suggests his support from the GOP's potent right wing is less than meets the eye, according to recent Associated Press-Ipsos polls.

Conservatives, evangelical and born-again voters, and strongly loyal Republicans who back Giuliani tend to be less conservative, less religiously active and less supportive of President Bush than those favoring Fred Thompson, Giuliani's chief rival so far, the surveys show.

That leaves Giuliani, the Republican front-runner, with a tenuous hold on the most intensely conservative voters long considered his party's core.

Giuliani and Thompson are each backed by about one-fifth of conservatives, with an equal share undecided and the rest spread among other candidates. Thompson has a slight edge over Giuliani — with undecideds close by — among right-leaning voters like Southerners, strongly loyal Republicans and people who attend religious services at least weekly.

With state primaries and caucuses less than three months away, this lack of conservative consensus creates an opportunity for Thompson and others to Giuliani's right.


Despite high name recognition and one moment for which he's justly celebrated, the Mayor most closely resembles Howard Dean, whose campaign imploded as soon as people paid attention.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 18, 2007 7:41 AM
Comments

Justly?!

All he did was occupy a position in front of cameras on a horrific day.

His more aggressive detractors enjoy pointing out that HE was the one who moved the important(?) terror security apparatus INTO the WTC, AFTER the 1993 attacks.

Rudy has good advisors. If he becomes president he will be the elected version of Justice Souter.

As the Onion points out - He's the President of 9/11. Maybe he'll make a good Sec of State in a Thompson Administration.

Posted by: Bruno at October 18, 2007 8:40 AM

Like the other first responders, he ran towards the WTC while the president ran away from. That was all that mattered.

Posted by: oj at October 18, 2007 10:52 AM
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