Rudy Giuliani is the Republican frontrunner
by Jerome Armstrong, Sat Feb 17, 2007 at 04:50:28 AM EST
The traditional media, for months now, has been telling everyone that the race on the GOP side is between the frontrunner John McCain and the challenger Mitt Romney. Meanwhile, Rudy Giuliani has extended his lead both in the national polling and in the conservative blogosphere polling this month.
David All has a take on their blogger poll. With Gingrich placing second, it makes it harder to even see who is in second place. Soren Dayton has a good read on the targets about to be placed on Giuliani.
The McCain Republicans are all for Giuliani becoming the frontrunner, and the earlier the better. For the most part, the rise of Giuliani has been accomplished while the McCain and Romney camps war against eachother. Giuliani has a "hold the line" strategy for the first couple of events in Iowa and New Hampshire, with plans for a massive media campaign on Feb. 5th. The longer he stays out of the limelight, the better his chances to skate to the nomination without having to confront the fact that social conservatives don't know Rudy is pro-choice and pro-gay. Or, is 'terrorism' the marker now for GOP candidates?
The GOP blogger poll does not seem to include much of the social conservative or evangelical blogosphere, but instead seems operative and conservative movement based-- a place in the conservative world where the propagation of a global confrontation in Iraq & Iran of Islamic fundamentalism trump the social fundamentalist issues of their own party.
It strikes me that the Republican operatives and the conservative movement have no clue why they lost in 2006. They lost precisely because of this foolish war that Bush began in Iraq, and is intent on extending into Iran. The reason why Giuliani and McCain are plummeting is because they are embracing the worst failure of the Bush administration.
I want a election for 2008 that looks like it might not happen, but should. Newt Gingrich vs Al Gore. That would be a base election on both sides. Gingrich would represent the conservative movement on ideological and historical terms, and Gore would represent the progressive partisan-based movement that has emerged this decade. That would be one hell of an election.