Rudy in 2008?

Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Guess who is more popular than Hillary Clinton or John McCain?

Or anyone else for president in 2008.

According to Quinnipiac and Ruffini and Rasmussen and Hewitt, it's Rudy Giuliani.

Can they all be wrong?

UVA Professor Larry Sabato doesn't think Rudy will run.

But that was back in January before Rudy showed up in Florida at a conference of evangelical Christians and gave a rousing speech.

Does anyone remember Rudy's speech at the 2004 Republican National Convention?

How could you forget his words on September 11th 2001?

How about his remarks in October 2001 to the United Nations General Assembly's Special Session on Terrorism?

He cleaned up New York City. Remember "squeegee men?" Rudy rightfully thought that quality of life crimes were important enough to prosecute.

Remember Marc Rich, the billionaire who was given a presidential pardon in the waning days of the Clinton administration? Guess who as United States Attorney prosecuted Rich for tax evasion and illegally making oil deals with Iran during the hostage crisis?

Guess who prosecuted Wall Street billionaire tycoons Ivan Boesky and Michael Milken for insider trading?

So, what's your preference: McCain-Feingold, HillaryCare or Rudy?


terrye said...

I like Rudy, but will he stand up in a national election?

Rick Ballard said...

Yep. He's an adroit pol and he'll modify his "beliefs" as necessary to gain the required support. He actually has a bigger problem with the NRA than he does with the right to lifers. He needs to take up hunting - or better - trap or skeet shooting.

I just wish he would knock Hillary out of her seat this year.

Alan said...

I'm in agreement here. Giuliani all the way.

He'll prove the meme false that you have to be pro-life to win the GOP nomination.

Fresh Air said...

If Sabato says he won't, then he definitely will. That man should take a vow of silence after he finishes going back for thirds at John Zogby's Eat Your Own Words Buffet.

The big questions are these: (1) Would McCain run as an independent if Rudy got the nomination? (2) Will Evangelicals support Rudy with enthusiasm given his various socially liberal positions.

I think McCain is just a big enough jerk to run as a third-party spoiler, and that Rudy would not get strong support from social conservatives, regardless of his WoT and tough-on-crime credentials.

I also think Rudy is smart enough to figure these things out. Whether his ego will compel him to run is another matter.

I kind of wish Rudy would run, though, as his debating skills would put anyone short of John Roberts to shame.

brylun said...

If the Roberts Supreme Court puts the issue back to the states by, say, ruling that South Dakota has the right to regulate abortions, then it would no longer be a federal issue.

Skookumchuk said...


You should reverse that. He should take up javelina hunting in southern Texas. In preference to the risk of assuming the jodhpurs and plus fours Kerryesque airs so often found in skeet shooting.

But this NRA member would vote for him, based on what I've seen thus far.

Rick Ballard said...


Do you know anything about the makeup of the 8th Circuit? I can't even find a list of judges. I was just wondering what it would be like if they upheld the state and then SCOTUS denied cert. What an ignominous end. It would sort of avoid the stare decisis issue though.


Good point. Although, if he hunts in Texas I sure hope he remembers to get an attorney stamp. Wouldn't want him to be embarassed like....

brylun said...

Rick, Wikipedia has a list of judges in its article on the Eighth Circuit.

With Roe v. Wade out there, I doubt if the Eighth Circuit would decline to follow that precedent.

Rick Ballard said...


Who would you bet on for the fifth vote on the SCOTUS? Wouldn't it have to be Kennedy or Breyer? Or is Stevens really retiring?

brylun said...

Rick, A couple of other possibilities: Ginsburg was sleeping the other day - maybe she will retire. Or Roberts will add to his growing legend.

Who would I bet on for the fifth vote? Since I only bet on sure things, I would respectfully decline at this time.

But who is sure of what the future might bring?