This seems particularly appropriate as I’m sitting in New York City’s Penn Station. At a time when many potential GOP candidates are just saying no when party officials ask them to run, former New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani is hinting at a White House Run in ’08.
“I think I’ll return to politics,” Giuliani said in a speech to business leaders.
Called “America’s Mayor,” after his performance in leading New York City after the Sept. 11 attacks, Giuliani has spent the years since working as a corporate executive and public speaker.
…Asked if he had any “political visions,” Giuliani laughed and rubbed his forehead.
“I have some political visions. I don’t know what they are yet, they’re a little foggy,” he said.
Though he was not asked specifically about the next presidential campaign, Giuliani mentioned the 2008 race and said “it’s too far away” to make a decision.
National polls regularly place Giuliani among the most popular Republican vote-getters, and he is asked about his plans at almost every public appearance. He usually deflects the question by suggesting he would not decide on 2008 until after the 2006 congressional elections.
It will be interesting to see how ’06 goes and what Guliani decides as a result. I can’t imagine the GOP’s religious right base would exactly feature the idea of having a divorced adulterer (with a penchant for dressing up in drag) as a candidate. I would, though, love to have a front row seat to see how they take the news. If it can be delivered to Dobson, Robertson, Falwell and Schlafly all at once, I might even make popcorn.
But considering that other potential GOP ’08 candidates are already positioning themselves to the left of Bush (granted, that not very difficult), significant Democratic gains would increase the likelihood of the a rift in the Republican party, between the moderates/pragmatists/sane-people and the wingnuts. Maybe even a leftward shift for the whole party.
Oh, alright. I was getting a little carried away there.
Still, if he runs and wins, I hope Guiliani makes his post-inaugural walk to the White House in stilettos. OK. I’ll settle for a hint of blush.