Thursday, November 30, 2006

I'll say it again --

if the Republicans want to win the White House in 2008, there is only one candidate to get behind: Rudy!
I appeared on CNBC’s Kudlow & Co. on November 22 with Crawford, NR’s Ramesh Ponnuru, and Tulane University professor Marc Lamont Hill. All three crowned McCain the frontrunner. “In fact,” Professor Hill explained, “if Rudy Giuliani and John McCain are the two finalists, so to speak, then McCain should start writing his acceptance speech right now, because there’s no way Giuliani can win this.”

But wait. Apart from the oft-reverberating echoes of what “everybody knows,” what evidence is there that McCain is the frontrunner? Au contraire, countervailing evidence has piled as high as the Grand Canyon is deep.
All the smart guys think the republican primary voters are simply too entrenched in their opposition to abortion, gun control, and gay marriage to vote for Rudy. The problem is that they discount those of us who would vote for Rudy without giving any consideration for those issues at all. I would vote for Rudy because I like him--I used to hang out in NYC during the dark days of Dinkins, and it's a hell of a lot better now. He's clealry an affective leader, and he doesn't put up with any crap from anyone. The notion that there is no way he can beat McCain is crazy to me. Just crazy.