Here’s a great summary of why the (increasing!) popularity of Rudy for Prez has the Mainstream Media and the Narrowvisioned Leftists scratching their heads. (h/t – Instapundit).
What Does Guiliani’s Popularity Say About Conservatives? – Shots Across the Bow
Conservatism has never been dominated by the religious right the way liberals have always pictures them to be. Fiscally conservative socially liberal conservatives are a dime a dozen. It just doesn’t make for good campaign fodder for either side to recognize their existence.
Hey, my ideal candidate is one who is strong on defense, a champion of the balanced budget, and believes that the best government is the smallest government. Show me a candidate like that, and he’s got my vote no matter what letter comes after his name.
Or her name for that matter.
And here is the Washington Post article that prompted this discussion.
Rudy’s strength in recent national polls and some state polls has already prompted many strategists, including some in rival camps, to reexamine their long-held assumptions about a party that is approaching not only its first nomination battle since the terrorist attacks but also the first since the 2006 midterm elections, which put Democrats back into power in Washington. With President Bush’s approval ratings still low, Republicans are looking for a winner.
For many months, McCain has been seen as the closest thing there is to a front-runner in the Republican contest. But Giuliani has emerged not only as the popular choice for the GOP nomination but also as the Republican candidate who is currently most highly regarded by the American people — Republicans, Democrats and independents alike.
The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll showed Giuliani leading McCain 44 percent to 21 percent, with former House speaker Newt Gingrich at 15 percent and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney at 4 percent. A month ago, Giuliani’s lead was much narrower: 34 percent to 27 percent. Without Gingrich in the field, the most recent poll showed Giuliani’s margin over McCain was 53 percent to 23 percent.
Conservatives and moderate Republicans know that the stakes in our world are much higher than the issues that may have driven us before. Rudy knows that too.
(Side note: The universal and speedy condemnation of Ann Coulter by America’s conservatives also flies in the face of the “they are hatemongers” mantra by the Left.)