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Friday, April 15, 2005


Giuliani 08 after all?

posted by Aziz P. at Friday, April 15, 2005 permalink View blog reactions
To be honest, I am a Rudy fan. I may be infatuated with the idea of a Hillary run, but were America's Mayor to claim the Republican nod, I would be genuinely conflicted indeed on election night.

However, I was lulled from horse-racin' anticipation by the unremitting hostility towards any pro-choice candidate by the Red State crowd, into thinking that there was essentially no chance for Da Mayuh to run in 08. Looks like I was wrong:

With Rudy Giuliani often saying he'd probably run for office again, there were three options: governor, senator, President. When an aide said last week the first two were out, only one choice remains standing.

Rudy's running for Prez.

It's unofficial, of course, but there's no other way to read Giuliani's decision to skip the governor and senate races next year. Win or lose, running for either would have made it impossible to run for President in 2008.

The development brought to mind a conversation with a Giuliani friend in 1988, when Giuliani was Manhattan U.S. attorney. Amid chatter even then that Giuliani had his eye on Washington, his friend argued he was already a national player. "If you had to name 100 people who have a chance to be President, Rudy's name would be on the list," the friend said then.

When I reached the friend last week and reminded him of our conversation, he quickly said, "The list is now down to five."

via myDD, who also point out polling that argues Rudy beats Hillary in New York for the Big Seat. yummmm.....


The idea that Giuliani is a viable choice for President of The United States of America is lunacy. I am amazed at how this man has been able to fool people into believing he is something special.



how about sharing your reasons for disliking Giuliani? Like with Dean, I am mainly interested in his policy positions, which are roughly comparable to Howard's if you sit down and compare them. However, since it is always highly likely that I'm mistaken, please enlighten me ...


Roe looms large. With Roe still in place, Rudy will not win the Republican nod. Just as no pro-lifer will win the Democratic nod. If Roe falls, buy some Rudy stock because he is popular in a lot of places most people wouldn't expect (i.e. rural, Southern, and conservative).


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