Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Why is Rudy Leading?

Tom Bevan at RCP explains Rudy's lead:

"The visceral reaction Hillary generates is not unique to Florida Republicans. Indeed, the anger and fear she arouses in most Republicans at the thought of her winning the White House is clearly the force that is sustaining the strength of Rudy Giuliani's candidacy and helping him defy the traditional laws of political gravity in the GOP nominating process that a great many pundits believed would have brought him down to earth by now.

Republicans see a mean and utterly ruthless warrior in Hillary Clinton, and they're looking for a warrior of their own capable of waging a victorious battle against her. Most continue to see Rudy as that GOP gladiator."

This is probably correct, but Republicans are so wrong to feel that way. We may see Hillary as a utterly ruthless warrior, but the moderates who decide this election, do not. Rudy will only be seen by them as a jerk, while Hillary will continue to soften her image. Rudy will not look like a warrior. He will look like a bully.

I don't think I have ever been so frustrated with my party for not seeing the big picture.