"Who knows" says a lot, as this supporter says below. Who knows why Rudy couldn't garner more primary republican support. I know we have missed the chance to elect a man who would have been a historically great president, Giuliani, the mayor who saved New York City, the most accomplished executive of his generation, and the man who conducted himself with true heroism on September 11, and I suppose I held out hope for too long, when all has seemed lost since New Hampshire, where he finished 6th.
The man would just not lie, fudge, or flip on any position, nor would he resort to sound bites. He would have brought unparallelled energy to the executive branch, and weeded out all the careerist quislings in the State department, CIA, and Justice.
I fear the American electorate has missed a golden chance here, and I was wrong (well, twice in 6 years ain't too bad! ;)
Moving forward, it looks like John McCain will beat the flim-flamming flip flopper, and then face the OTHER flim-flamming flip flopper in the general election. He would win this election I believe, and then be elected the 44th president of the United States (with a reputation of being a flim-flamming flip flopper himself at times).
Perhaps Obama will oust Clinton. He is a good man, honest and decent, but a liberal. Perhaps McCain will return to his former conservatism, before he became the media darling. Suspension of disbelief is all we have to trust in at this point in 2008. McCain will win the war on IslamoFascism though, and for that we must be grateful, and give him all our support, as no issue is of importance compared with possible annihilation...T
"On a small stage in front of a large RUDY sign, Giuliani, the mayor who saved New York City, the most accomplished executive of his generation, and the man who conducted himself with true heroism on September 11, has come to face political death, with dignity, in Universal Studios’ Orlando-style approximation of Italy.
When he takes to the stage, shortly after John McCain has been declared the winner, Giuliani doesn’t precisely say he is dropping out of the race. But it’s obvious to everyone, and he begins to talk about his presidential run in the past tense. “We ran a campaign that was uplifting,” Giuliani tells the crowd. “The responsibility of leadership doesn’t end with a single campaign, it goes on and you continue to fight for it.”
“I’m proud that we chose to stay positive and to run a campaign of ideas in an era of personal attacks, negative ads, and cynical spin,” Giuliani adds. “You don’t always win, but you can always try to do it right, and you did.”"
I ask (a supporter) why Giuliani’s candidacy ended this way. “Who knows why?” he says, looking genuinely baffled. “For me, it was a great honor to be standing with this man during the week and a half that I’ve been here.”Giuliani insiders don’t know a lot more than Voight. Clearly the campaign’s guiding strategy was wrong, they concede, and Giuliani fell by the wayside while the other candidates were competing in Iowa, New Hampshire, Michigan, and South Carolina. But they vigorously reject the notion that there was something wrong with Giuliani himself, something that made him less popular the more he stayed around a place.
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