The media committed a grave injustice by allowing Rudy Giuliani to sell us on the preposterous premise that his all-or-nothing Florida bid could rightfully be called a "strategy". As soon as the American public finally caught on to what "America's Mayor" did as our Mayor, Giuliani took such a precipitous tumble in the polls that he saw he had no chance in any of the early battleground states.
But Rudy prefers not to play, than to lose (as he showed in the first over-hyped, never-to-be Clinton-Giuliani match-up). That's why all of a sudden he dreamed up the ridiculous, historically-unprecedented strategy of only trying to win in Florida.
That's not a strategy. That's desperation. Stephen Colbert's bid for President was more serious than Giuliani's.
Personally, I'm relieved Giuliani is at last officially out of the race. "President Giuliani" has an even harsher ring to it than "President Bush". It is a credit to the America people's intelligence that they figured out so quickly what Rudy Giuliani is really about.
Rarely, has the Times so found les mots justes to describe someone, as the paper's editorial did in their endorsement of John McCain for the Republican nomination. You know, the spot-on portrait of Rudy as "a narrow, obsessively secretive, vindictive man," who "shamelessly turned the horror of 9/11 into a lucrative business, with a secret client list, then exploited his city’s and the country’s nightmare to promote his presidential campaign."
Yeah, the guy we New Yorkers know.
I read in the Observer New York City Council Minority Leader and committed Giuliani-supporter James Oddo's quote consoling his candidate that "Rudy will have a good life post Florida."
I'm sure he'll be far better off than a lot of Americans, but is this really true? As far as I can tell, Rudy's campaign for Presidency was calamitous for him. Had he not run, he would have been a revered king-maker for the Republican field and, if he had played his cards right, a front runner for a Vice Presidential nomination. Instead, his political career is over, his businesses have been exposed for profiteering, he's been tied to criminals, his mystique has evaporated, and he's been shown to be one of the country's worst family men.
I'm not so sure that Rudy's future will be as bright as Councilman Oddo imagines.