Rudy Giuliani for Senate! Or Governor! Or President!
Anything Fred Dicker reports can set people talking in New York, so this piece of informed speculation — rumors that Rudy Giuliani might make a comeback in 2010 by running for the U.S. Senate — is going to bring the spotlight around, again, on the man who blew $60 million for one delegate in the 2008 GOP presidential primaries.
“It makes so much sense for Rudy to run for the Senate and not try to go head-to-head with Cuomo,” said [a] prominent Republican.
“He’ll have an immediate national platform in the Senate. He can take the lead on homeland security and national defense and, depending on what conditions are in the country in 2012, he could run for president again.
Dicker just lets his sources talk, so I’ll point out the obvious — Giuliani is a far different candidate than the man who made a competitive run against Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2000. The presidential race turned reporters loose on Giuliani’s personal life, again, after a long period of 9/11-imbued sainthood. We now know that Giuliani billed the city of New York for trips he took to pursue an affair with the woman he married in 2003; Ben Smith’s reporting of this scandal helped sink the former mayor’s presidential bid. We’ve seen Giuliani give hours of conflicting and apologetic statements about his social views in order to win over the Republican base — less than former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, to be sure, but not what candidates like to take into races where they’ll be asking the electorates of deep blue states to give them filibuster power over court nominees.
It’s not completely ridiculous to imagine Giuliani winning office again in a bad year, but to cover him like just another pol seeking a new office is rather strange. Mark Sanford is being hounded by calls for impeachment in a scandal not too different than Giuliani’s.