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The Failed Giuliani Gambit-Wrong Strategy?

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s name has barely rated a mention over the past month as primary results come in from New Hampshire or Michigan or Nevada or South Carolina. He has banked everything on scoring a huge victory in Florida, but new reports indicate he may have already fallen behind Senator John McCain and Mike Huckabee. For some strange reason, Giuliani developed a strategy of putting all his eggs in the Florida basket and allowing his rivals to bask in the glow of ongoing publicity while he addressed a few hunded senior citizens in the large cities of Florida. Giuliani forgot that Florida is a complex state with hundreds of small towns, most of which are conservative areas, and that as the former mayor gave his standard speech about 9/11, the war in Iraq had been supplanted by economic problems ranging from the housing market to a dramatic stock market collapse.

Two months ago, Rudy was leading in national polls. Today, he, at best, is third and rapidly slipping. As he wanders the streets of Flordia giving his 9/11 pitch, firefighter groups hawk his every step and offer voters their angry criticism of his incompetence at 9/11 which reslted in the death of many of their colleagues. The media is ignoring Rudy, terrorism is slipping as the major concern and all he can offer is the “biggest tax cut in history” to a public that is worried about health care, th stock market or rising education costs. Some one will be writing a book next year about the most incompetent political campaign in recent American history– and its star will be Rudy Giuliani.

Rudy Giuliani, The Beggar Man

In a recent letter soliciting funds for the Rudy Giuliani campaign his campaign managers pleaded that “everyone in the campaign is doing all we can to conserve resources to help Rudy get elected” including staff forgoing their salaries. “Will you help us one more time?” pleaded the communication. Meanwhile, down in Florida, Rudy gave another of his 9/11 speeches in which he claimed to save America due to his heroics on that tragic day. The senior citizens, many from New York, apparently thought his comments made sense. However, when they exited, they discovered on automobile windshields, a communication from firefigher organizations that said: “Rudy Didn’t Prepare NYC After 1993(the first World Trade Center bombing)Took Place. How Can We Trust Him To Prepare America?”

One can only assume Rudy Giuliani will not forgo receiving his normal $200,00 to make one of his speeches in the name of his campaign. The only sacrifice he ever makes is to sacrifice the money of others.