Ok, maybe it's because in the eyes of many he'll forever be "America's Mayor", not right, but for now it is what it is. Yet regardless of all his weaknesses, I honestly think that Rudy's biggest strength is that when he looks across at his competition, he's sees them for what they are: pretty weak. And that's why he won last night's GOP debate with ease: he's more experienced and he comes to the show better prepared. Then too Rudy sees an opening (i.e. a field of candidates so lame that even Tommy Thompson is still hanging around) he knows how to exploit the hole and gain significant yardage:
First, he plays up the New Hampshire crowd:
I’m Rudy Giuliani. I agree with the motto of your state, “Live free or die.” And I think it would be a pretty good one for our time.
Then some straight talk on Saddam and the war on terror:
It’s unthinkable that you would leave Saddam Hussein in charge of Iraq and be able to fight the war on terror. And the problem is that we see Iraq in a vacuum. Iraq should not be seen in a vacuum. Iraq is part of the overall terrorist war against the United States.
Finally, he tells conservatives and anti-liberals like myself exactly what we want to hear about Scooter Libby's sentence:
I think the sentence was way out of line. I mean, the sentence was grossly excessive in a situation in which at the beginning, the prosecutor knew who the leak was and he knew a crime wasn’t committed.
For a transcript of last night's debate you can go here.