USA Today Reporter Glows Over Rudy

What is a sentence like this doing in a national news article on Rudy Giuliani's Iowa campaigning? Reporter Jill Lawrence writes:

Suffice it to say Republicans have never had a presidential candidate like this — half Woody Allen, half Rambo and 100% cerebral.

Via Media Matters which is tracking the media's reporting on Giuliani (and others).

Ms. Lawrence is also in need of a reality check.

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    How about this... (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by desertswine on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 03:22:46 PM EST
    from the same article...

    "On a trip here last week, Giuliani, 63, was thanked time and again for his leadership after the 9/11 attacks and almost as often for making New York a livable city."

    Talk about fawning, and this is in New Hampshire.

    My entry would be that Rudy is half-Mussolini, half-Ferengi, and all weasel.

    I want to apologize... (none / 0) (#6)
    by desertswine on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 05:05:11 PM EST
    to all the Feringis in the world, and universe.

    I'm sorry.


    Aren't Mordoc and Kayron (none / 0) (#7)
    by Edger on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 05:11:32 PM EST
    backing Ghouliani?

    I don't think so... (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by desertswine on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 05:31:06 PM EST
    but this guy finds Ghouliani a soul-mate.

    At least Ming got along with his daughter.


    nah, (none / 0) (#1)
    by cpinva on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 03:16:14 PM EST
    she's just faithfully toeing the party line, with respect to "saint rudy of the pit".

    i wonder if his woody allen half dated his g/f's adopted, 18 year-old daughter? or, would she only have been 9?

    Cerebral compared to who? (none / 0) (#3)
    by Edger on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 04:10:27 PM EST
    It doesn't take very much to impress Jill Lawrence apparently.

    I'm still trying to figure out how (none / 0) (#4)
    by oculus on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 04:12:57 PM EST
    Rudy bested Hillary Clinton in a recent poll in Colorado.

    If only (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by Jeralyn on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 11:49:21 PM EST
    all of Colorado was as sensible as Denver...but don't despair, we're getting there.

    If Colorado is in line with national numbers (none / 0) (#10)
    by Edger on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 11:58:09 PM EST
    that 51.7% of the vote that was credited to Bush in 2004 should equal 60-70% for whoever the Democratic nominee is by 2008.

    If you mean (none / 0) (#5)
    by Edger on Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 04:36:21 PM EST
    this one it was a Rasmussen Poll. Rasmussen has always had a Republican or at least a Bush bias.

    Here is another analysis of Rudy's prospects.

    Rudy Giuliani's Poll Numbers Are Worse Than Reported

    Giuliani Dropping Significantly in 12 States. But as for the other states, Giuliani has dropped by double digits in 6 states and dropped significantly in another 6 states.

    Hillary Clinton is Not Dropping Like Giuliani. The drop in his poll numbers may be a bit inflated for a couple of reasons: his poll numbers shot up after announcing his candidacy as would be expected. And as these states become more familiar with other candidates, they become willing to vote for someone else. But using that argument, you would assume that Hillary Clinton's poll numbers would drop as well but the contrary is true. Hers have remained stable.

    Giuliani's core supporters may still remain stable but the average Joe that previously said they would vote for him out of sheer name recognition no longer do so.

    2004, in Colorado

    In the 2004 Presidential election, Colorado was a swing state, and voted for the incumbent President George W. Bush by a margin of less than 5 percentage points with 51.7% of the vote

    oh really? (none / 0) (#11)
    by cpinva on Fri Aug 24, 2007 at 12:22:53 AM EST
    Giuliani's core supporters may still remain stable

    by comparison to what, the san andreas fault?

    I think they meant his numbers have bottomed out (none / 0) (#12)
    by Edger on Fri Aug 24, 2007 at 12:30:21 AM EST
    Or maybe flatlined? I don't think it was a psyche evaluation, was it?

    I think (none / 0) (#13)
    by netsmith on Fri Aug 24, 2007 at 07:32:20 AM EST
     that there was an edit missed, that elided the end of that sentence:  "ly-challenged".

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