giuliani, the choice of god-fearing floridians

Rudy Giuliani hasn’t placed in any of the previous Republican primaries. He says he hasn’t been trying. His strategy all along, he claims, has been to focus on the upcoming contest in Florida. When I first heard that, I was inclined to think, “Why would anyone seriously contending for the presidency bet everything they had on one primary?” Then I remembered that we were talking about Florida, a Bush-run state with a proud tradition of election-fixing. If that were the plan, it would only make sense not to try in the earlier primaries, where, in spite of your effort, you might do dismally. Better to lay low, not establish a track record of being a second-tier candidate, and then win big in Florida. Now I’m just waiting for Giuliani to “come from nowhere” and “win big” in the sunshine state, even though the last poll I read showed him a distant third… For what it’s worth, Rudy really seems to be trying in Florida though. He just sent a new mailing out to Florida Republicans this weekend, stressing his religious fervor. Here’s an image of the piece, which ran in today’s “New York Daily News,” and a clip from the article:

…The difference between Giuliani-the-mayor and Giuliani-the-presidential-candidate has been written about quite a bit. But not a few New Yorkers are still scratching their heads over the transformation of the twice-divorced, pro-choice, pro-gay rights, tough-talking Hizzoner who slammed then-state Sen. George Pataki for his over-ambitious tax cut proposals, into the man promising the biggest tax cut in modern history and touting his conservative credentials in this campaign lit…

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  1. egpenet
    Posted January 28, 2008 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    As is being reported, Rudy has been in Florida campaigning for the “early vote” hoping to garner votes prior to the other candidates getting into the state after South Carolina. I’m hoping there are enough blue haired New Yorkers shaking their heads and laughing all the way to the mail box with their ballots for some other guy.

  2. Edwards Fan
    Posted January 29, 2008 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    Can we all agree on one thing – that Giuliani would make the worst President of the bunch?

  3. Meta
    Posted January 29, 2008 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    How dare you question “America’s Mayor”.

  4. egpenet
    Posted January 29, 2008 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    And what about Michael Bloomberg? I think he’ll jump in at some point.

  5. Posted January 29, 2008 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    I cast my vote for McCain… as the worst of the bunch. Dude never saw a war he wouldn’t happily escalate.

    Of course, that’s like saying “This piece of crap is crappier than the other pieces of crap, because it’s a shade browner!”

    Excepting Ron Paul, of course.

  6. mark
    Posted January 29, 2008 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    I think both conventions will deadlock, and, when the dust settles, we’ll have Pat Robertson and Oliver North up against Al Gore and Wanda Sykes… I’ve had a vision.

  7. egpenet
    Posted January 29, 2008 at 11:26 pm | Permalink


  8. Ol' E Cross
    Posted January 30, 2008 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    Left-leaning evangelical preacher Jim Wallis was on the Daily Show announcing the death of the religious right. That photo of Robertson with Giuliani is Exhibit A.

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