You read it first here. The 2008 presidential campaigns of Gov. Mitt Romney and Mayor Rudy Giuliani are DONE. Kaput. Finished. Over.
Romney has been thoroughly exposed as an opportunistic phony who flip-flops in time with changing polls. It is clear now that he will say or do anything to get elected. I suspect it is a father-son competitive or comparison thing. In any case, his declining poll numbers reflect hemorrhaging support. And America's mayor Rudy is looking more-and-more like any other corrupt, wiseguy politician. It would have been counterintuitive, in any case, for the Republicans to nominate a candidate who was living with his mistress while still married. Makes Bill Clinton look quite saintly. At least he didn't divorce, twice.
The early stage Republican campaign has come down, for the time-being, to upstart evangelical Gov. Mike Huckabee and the GOP's proven Senate leader, John McCain. I'm predicting that McCain will emerge the victor and ultimate candidate, simply because faced with a real, ordained evangelical the rest of the party will bolt to McCain - led by the pro-corporatation, pro-globalization crowd. More on the upcoming elections and the Democratic primary race in a future post.