Other View: On the candidacy of a former New York mayor
Rudy Giuliani has made official what was only obvious before: He's got it in his New York head to run for president, to which we say, "Go for it, sir."...
Rudy Giuliani has made official what was only obvious before: He's got it in his New York head to run for president, to which we say, "Go for it, sir."
In so many ways, these last five years were but prelude to the paperwork Giuliani filed Friday to form a fundraising committee that will help him "explore" whether to formally become a candidate. There's much to explore, starting with the question of whether the Republican party would rally behind a pro-choice, pro-gay rights, pro-immigration, pro-gun control blue-stater.
As long as anyone can remember, the conventional wisdom has ruled out such a possibility, but the times do have a way of changing. And Giuliani, projecting strength on national security and competence, may be just the person to convince enough of the GOP that, in this age of terrorism, America has more pressing concerns than hot-button social issues.
Giuliani seems to have hit upon that fanciful notion as he traveled the country campaigning for others, generally receiving enthusiastic welcomes and maintaining solid standings in the very preliminary polling. Should he enter the fray, America's Mayor could very well end up leading a fight for the heart of the Republican party against formidable candidates such as John McCain, himself an outsider. But nobody, admirers and detractors alike, ever accused Rudy Giuliani of thinking small.
And then there would be Hillary.
Run, Rudy, Run.