Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The fall and fall of Giuliani

If the late Harold Wilson was correct in saying "A week in politics can be a lifetime," then the last few months must have seemed like a millenium to Rudy Giuliani. A few months ago, everyone was talking about an all New York showdown between him and Hillary Clinton. Now Clinton is fighting to stay on in a very competitive race with Barack Obama, while Giuliani has just about become the proverbial dust in the wind against Huckabee, McCain and Romney.

He must have thought that he was the guy who could finally bring his Republican Party back to the centre. Instead, as we've seen, it has become even more extreme this primary season. Failures in Iowa, New Hamshire, South Carolina -- what was this guy thinking? And he can't even get a couple of rows of people into an aircraft hanger; in fact the crowds are going to the reporters.

I don't think it's the fact he's a liberal. I think people in the GOP still hate him for the way he unceremonially dumped Donna Hanover while he was still mayor of the Big Apple. Personal conduct still counts for a lot of people, both Republicans and Democrats; and hopefully today Florida will finally give him the exit he deserves. At one time, even I might have voted for him, warts and all. I wouldn't even have a beer with him anymore.

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