Rudy Hints at Dropping Out of Presidential Race

Rudy Giuliani's in trouble in Florida. McCain and Romney are likely to beat him. The latest polls show him battling Mike Huckabee for third place.

The LA Times reports on a conversation Rudy had with reporters on his campaign plane Monday. He hinted he would be dropping out if he doesn't win Florida.

In a meeting in the back of his chartered plane en route to St. Petersburg, Fla., a short while ago, the onetime, longtime GOP front-runner told a small group of reporters, including The Times' Louise Roug: "The winner of Florida will win the nomination."

Other papers are predicting doom and gloom for Rudy in Florida tomorrow. I'm keeping my fingers crossed they are correct.

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    How can he stay? (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by TomStewart on Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 01:19:15 AM EST
    If Florida goes the way it looks like it will (Rudy coming in 3rd, if not 4th), then he will have to drop out, if only to escape the fate of losing his home state.

    His fate in Florida (after spending millions there) is a complete repudiation of his campaign, his betting everything on one state to boost him into Super Tuesday. If it had worked, he'd be a genius, but it didn't, and he looks like a fool. And really, this gambit had very little chance to work here in the real world. Makes you wonder about his decision making ability, and his ego.

    Now when can bid goodbye to a man who never really deserved the fame that was laid upon him, and let him fade away into the lobbying and after dinner speaking he'd so good at, surfacing only occasionally to testify at the trials of his old friends.

    Tom (none / 0) (#9)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 08:29:36 AM EST
    The prospects of losing his home state didn't bother Algore in 2000, why should it bother Rudy??

    Re: (5.00 / 1) (#17)
    by Steve M on Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 10:05:47 AM EST
    Gore got 92% in his home state in 2000.

    Steve... (none / 0) (#25)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed Jan 30, 2008 at 05:46:38 PM EST
    Study this link.

    LInk to 2000 Results.

    I take you are in a Public Middle School???


    Jim (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by TomStewart on Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 12:28:19 PM EST
    Wow Jim you're so predictable. I knew as soon as I wrote the line about Rudy and NY that you'd come back with Al Gore (two words btw). I really did. Gee, that either makes me a mind reader, or you an obvious reactionary. Hmmmm.

    Btw, we're taking primary here, not general election, and Al Gore wasn't running as a big hero who'd helped save his home state from terrorists. I sure  don't remember Gore wearing Tennessee like a cloak or a crown, like Rudy wears NY and 9/11.

    (insert snarky 'internet' joke here)


    Two words? Hehe Algore he is, Algore (none / 0) (#26)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed Jan 30, 2008 at 05:48:50 PM EST
    he will remain.

    Oh, my bad.... You're talking Primary??? Gee.

    Does anyone care???


    Maybe (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by squeaky on Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 01:21:54 AM EST
    He and Condi can run as Independents, kind of like a side show at the circus.

    In cages. (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Edger on Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 06:38:41 AM EST
    And In Drag (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by squeaky on Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 08:19:21 AM EST
    I see you (1.00 / 2) (#10)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 08:30:21 AM EST
    have both BDS and RDS.



    No RDS (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by squeaky on Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 10:05:31 AM EST
    He was my mayor and I watched lie cheat and steal on a regular basis and then watched him profit on disaster by creating a fiction that he was some kind of hero.

    NYCers know the guy, he was extremely unpopular.


    Yes we do.... (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by kdog on Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 12:33:34 PM EST
    and we have the arrest records, citations, and tickets to prove it:)

    An Example (5.00 / 1) (#22)
    by squeaky on Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 02:46:43 PM EST
    Of his using NYC to serve himself rather than to serve his constituents was the senseless policy of arresting everyone, that is everyone whose skin was a shade darker, just to exponentially boost his numbers. He called it quality of life improvement.

    I know a retired NYC detective and when I started badmouthing the Ghool he got enraged but not at me but at the very mention of his ex boss. I mentioned that the number of arrests for MJ over several years was a few hundred and when the Ghool took over, the number skyrocketed to just under five thousand. He laughed and said that the number was much higher.

    He was enraged because the Ghool pulled him and other cops off serious crime investigations and made them go to the poorest neighborhoods to arrest people for smoking weed, just to boost numbers. He also said that pre ghool, everyone used to toke up before hitting the streets, to take the edge off, (medical MJ in practice).

    It was all about the Ghool and had nothing to do with serving the citizens of NYC.



    I didn't know you lived in NO. (1.00 / 1) (#27)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed Jan 30, 2008 at 05:49:42 PM EST
    so much for your "perfect' (5.00 / 1) (#24)
    by jondee on Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 05:25:25 PM EST
    Dreamteam: the walking corpse is out (when wasnt he?) and IL Duece's on the ropes.

    Looks like all you've got left is "RINOS". So much for the legacy of Pres 30%. Maybe a better strategy next time would be to get behind someone who'll wreck the country to such an extent that there wont be any danger of an election afterwards.


    But hasn't the Left been telling (1.00 / 1) (#28)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed Jan 30, 2008 at 05:51:12 PM EST
    us that Bush destroyed the Constitution???

    So how can there be an election coming up??

    You be funny dude.


    Aren't they already in drag? ;-) (none / 0) (#14)
    by Edger on Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 09:29:01 AM EST
    ewwww (none / 0) (#23)
    by Nowonmai on Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 04:43:01 PM EST
    Condi in drag? Ooohh, you mean Rudy.  ;)

    Just make sure they get left there (5.00 / 2) (#15)
    by scribe on Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 10:05:27 AM EST
    when the show is over.

    If my spine wouldn't give me grief (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by Nowonmai on Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 02:38:53 AM EST
    I would do cartwheels up and down the street at this news.

    Why? (none / 0) (#11)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 08:32:59 AM EST
    Of all the Repubs Rudy is most likely to support social issues that you would find acceptable, and thus would be easiest for the Demos to beat.

    Are you still mad at him because he gave the money back to the Saudi Prince, or because he cleaned up NYC??


    I'm mad because.... (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by kdog on Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 09:11:25 AM EST
    he "cleaned up" NYC, and how he "cleaned it up".

    Anytime I'm in Times Square I shed a tear...and look over my shoulder.  Cops always scared me more than muggers.


    Re: (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by Steve M on Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 10:06:46 AM EST
    We all know Rudy's unstated selling point is that he made NYC safe for white people again.

    What surprises me is that that wasn't enough to get him more traction in a Republican primary.


    His strategy sucked (none / 0) (#29)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed Jan 30, 2008 at 05:54:28 PM EST
    In today's world you have to play the whole game. Both he Fred didn't think so, or else didn't think they had enough money.

    Faith in the Repuiblic somewhat restored.... (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by kdog on Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 08:33:55 AM EST
    Turns out Americans just don't like the arrogant, bullying John Law type.  Must be our outlaw tradition.

    We put up with liars, crooks, and warmongers....but we draw the line at Rudy.  At least we draw the line, eh?

    Took them for a rid (none / 0) (#3)
    by Stellaaa on Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 01:22:16 AM EST
    his donors. My, that was a lot of money for him to go around pretending he was presidential material. Well, that is that much less money for the GE for Republicans. What a racket.

    He was pandering to the older Cubans (none / 0) (#4)
    by oculus on Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 01:45:38 AM EST
    today, but that won't do it.

    What does the return of the ice cream suit graphic mean here?

    It means (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Jeralyn on Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 01:56:24 AM EST
    that's our graphic for Rudy running for President. As opposed to our graphic for Rudy the ladies' man and Rudy the Dictator.  There's also Rudy Strikes Out, which I suspect we'll resurrect when he does drop out.

    He was passing out autographed (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by scribe on Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 10:13:59 AM EST
    baseballs on the campaign plane yesterday.

    That's an old baseball tradition for players on a team that's just playing out the string of their schedule (having no chance of going to the post-season) to give each other such mementoes.

    They will do things like have everyone autograph everyone's jersey or cap, collect the whole team's autograph on a ball, or have everyone change positions every inning.  

    I once saw a minor league game where a couple of the players played every position, changing every inning.  And one of the coaches (whose resume said he'd played in the Negro Leagues for the Indianapolis Clowns) was wearing a jersey with the autograph of every player on the team.  It didn't matter because the game was the last game for the "franchise", which had been a "road" team kept in existence by the league to make sure there was a round number of teams playing.  They were far out of first, and not going to exist the next year.  Truly one of the outer circles of baseball hell.

    Nice to see Rudy's being realistic and recognizing his campaign's circling the drain.