Rudy Giuliani has filed papers to start an exploratory committee for a possible 2008 Presidential bid, as he is widely expected to do. This step does not commit him to running, but it is the first step towards that decision. Giuliani is saying that he will make the final decision to run sometime next year.
I’ve been supportive of a Giuliani run for some time. Granted, Giuliani’s pro-choice and anti-gun positions are deeply problematic, but that’s nothing that can’t be fixed by Giuliani saying that he will appoint judges who will interpret the constitution rather than legislate from the bench. Despite all the declarations that social conservatives would reject him, Giuliani is almost certainly the most popular candidate with the Republican base right now.
I’m quite convinced that the CW on Giuliani is wrong. He can win in the primaries by focusing on his stance on illegal immigration and national defense. The American people trust Giuliani right now, despite his sometimes checkered past. He’s one of the few candidates who can reach beyond the 49-51% divide between the political parties and attract voters on both sides of the aisle. There’s a whole lot to be said for a politician in that position, and only a few are capable of pulling that off.
Giuliani may not yet decide to run, but if he wants the Presidency, he’s got a good shot at taking it — if not the best shot of anyone in the country.