B R E A K I N G: Cillizza Now Believes Rudy Giuliani Will Run
In what has to be seen as a major development for Rudy's Beltway street cred, the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza, long a purveyor of bien-pensant McCainiac sentiment, now believes the Mayor is leaning towards running:
Rudy Giuliani: Count us in the camp of folks who believe the former New York City mayor is leaning toward a presidential bid -- a major change from where we stood just a few months ago. Why? Because of events like the one next Wednesday in Chicago where Giuliani will collect cash for the campaign of David McSweeney, the Republican nominee against Rep. Melissa Bean (D) in the state's 8th House District. The McSweeney event is the latest in a series of fundraisers for congressional candidates that Giuliani has headlined over the past few months -- yeoman's work that only politicians with an eye on higher office are willing to sign up for. Polling shows that he would be the frontrunner if he decides to run, but his liberal positions on social issues make him an underdog (at best) for the party's nomination. (For more on Hizzoner, make sure to read The Fix's arguments for and against a Giuliani bid.)
No word on whether McCain's liberal positions on most everything else make him an underdog (at best) for the nomination.