For my money, Rudy Giuliani ran the most entertaining campaign of any Republican presidential candidate in 2008. Sure, Huckabee had that weird story about “earning your desks” and Mitt busted “Who Let the Dogs Out” on some unsuspecting youngsters, but only Rudy’s cell phone stunt rose to the level of something you could imagine Chris Elliot doing on Letterman. And even if Huckabee ate squirrels, he never screamed about ferrets.
And the fact that Rudy Giuliani spent 50 million dollars to win a single delegate seals the deal.
That’s why I find all the hoopla about a Giuliani run for Senate or Governor of NY a little comical. Here’s a sample from a reader in today’s Washington Post Fix chat:
Washington, D.C.: Regarding Caroline Kennedy and Gov. Paterson, I am reminded of a joke about two campers in the wilderness. Upon being discovered by a bear, who we would call Rudy and who might run for either the governorship or the Senate in 2010, one camper asked the other, “Do you think we can out-run the bear?” The other, more experienced camper replied, “I don’t have to out-run the bear. I just have to out-run you.”
David Paterson (D-inc): 51
Rudy Giuliani (R): 41
Bear in mind that Rudy likely has higher name recognition in New York than Paterson (even though Paterson is governor) and that, more generally, challengers with sky high name recognition typically have no where to go but down, as Rudy demonstrated himself in the 2008 Republican primary.
Why the fixation with the idea that Rudy is such a great candidate?