Friday, January 4, 2008

Despite 4% In Iowa, Giuliani Will Continue Dance Of The Living Dead

I stayed tuned to CNN so that I could see how Rudy Giuliani reacted to getting only 4% of the GOP caucus voters in Iowa, trailing Ron Paul's cult following of 10%. Rudy was "interviewed" by CNN Cadaver-At-Large Larry King. I don't think I've ever seen even the late Larry soft-pedal anything so much.

Little was said about the horrendous showing, and Giuliani talked about having moved on to New Hampshire and Florida and the like, in search of more fertile ground. In national polls, one could argue, Rudy still seems a bit viable, at 13% in the latest Rasmussen Reports numbers.

But the momentum is clearly against him now. He seems resolved to linger among the undead, when others will not. But I think he needs to realize that he's history.


As the old song goes, I've been wrong before. But Rudy's showing Thursday was far worse than anyone anticipated. When a kooky fringe candidate like Ron Paul can leave Rudy in the dust that way in a state known for folks who like sensible shoes, it's meaningful.

It did not escape my notice that Rudy got an endorsement not long ago from the "leader" of my home state, Rick "Governor Goodhair" Perry. I am at a loss to explain that development, unless Governor Goodhair has got it in his vapid head that hehisownself might be vice presidential timber. I'd say he hitched his wagon to a losing horse.

Rudy would have had a chance for the nomination in the Republican Party of yore, but I can't see that possibility in the current one. Much was made of the factor of evangelical Christians in Mike Huckabee's Iowa win. I'm not sure if people from inside the Beltway understand that Iowa really isn't unique that way. They should read the Texas Republican Party platforms from the past two presidential election cycles -- these are people who would frown upon the liberalism of Pentecostals.

I'm going out on a limb predicting this, but I feel some confidence. Giuliani is finished. And, when he actually admits it, it will be good riddance to a highly opportunistic politician.

Crossposted at Manifesto Joe.