McCain Operatives Afraid of Giuliani? Check Out Jim Nussle's Email List
I'm on Jim Nussle's e-mail list and I don't live in Iowa, which makes me an incorrigible political junkie. On Tuesday, the campaign sent an e-mail entitled "Watch Mayor Rudy Giuliani with Jim Nussle in Iowa," linking to this video of Hizzoner campaigning for Nussle for governor.
This morning, I open my e-mail, and it's a "A Message from Senator John McCain." Thinking it's my Straight Talk email, I open it. Instead, it's a Nussle campaign e-mail signed by McCain. Most interesting line: "Jim is a reformer because he cares about getting results."
A reformer with results? Isn't that the line W. used to beat McCain like a drum in the South Carolina primary? It is indeed.
What do you want to bet that the Giuliani e-mail caused all sorts of alarm bells to go off in the attentive-to-detail Straight Talk high command? You know, for all their repeated bragging that Rudy won't run, or don't worry, Rudy is too liberal to get nominated (he "wouldn't get out of the gate," in John Dennehy's words), they do seem to be putting a lot of energy into countering the Mayor. Their tough talk could be a sign of weakness, a recognition that if Rudy gets in, it's Game Over, or, at the very least, a tough row to hoe.