January 18, 2008

MELANCHOLY DANISH:

Late to the Game: A frontrunner goes to the back (David Freddoso, 1/18/08, National Review)

Republicans have now held three major primary contests — Iowa, New Hampshire, and Michigan. And the proud Giuliani has now finished twice behind Texas Rep. Ron Paul, the man he once accused of blaming America for “inviting the attack of 9/11.” He even trails Paul in delegates to this fall’s convention — and the way things are going, he may never catch up. This week, he squeaked out a victory over “uncommitted” and Duncan Hunter. His performance was so bad in Michigan that almost nothing useful can be gleaned about it from the exit polling. [...]

South Carolina will not smile upon Rudy Saturday, even though he led there in late November. Once again, he will be fortunate to defeat Paul and secure a fifth-place finish. Even his Florida firewall is falling apart, with John McCain besting him in the last three polls and a rebounding Romney ready to nibble away at his support as well.

To add insult to injury, Rudy’s “sure thing” in New Jersey is no longer so sure. A Monmouth University poll shows that since September, he has traded a 32-point lead in the Garden State for a four-point deficit against John McCain. And a Survey USA poll now puts him just three points ahead of McCain in his home state of New York.

If he does not win in Nevada — where the latest poll showed him poised to compete — Rudy may have no reason to stay in the race any longer.

What in the world happened to Mayor Giuliani?


Like Mario Cuomo, who he resembles in so many ways, Mr. Giuliani wants to feel wanted, not to run for president.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 18, 2008 9:00 AM
Comments

why do you say that?

Posted by: neil at January 18, 2008 6:31 PM

He did the same thing against Hillary. He's an attention whore.

Posted by: oj at January 18, 2008 8:32 PM

i've heard you say that since he bugged out the first time. Prostate cancer, bro........I don't really buy it, I just don't see that.

Quite possible I've blind eye since I lived in nyc during dinkins, then rudy, and saw the difference he made. 9/11 wasn't his crowning achievement, rather less crime, cleaner city, budget, welfare rolls, school improvements....a doer, not a talker.

Maybe I'm wrong about him.

The media certainly is looking for him to do well in Florida, that's obvious.

Posted by: neil at January 18, 2008 10:21 PM

He rode the Clinton economy. Every mayor and governor of that time is well regarded for the same reason.

Posted by: oj at January 18, 2008 11:12 PM
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