Former New York City mayor and Republican Presidential contender Rudy Giuliani today ended speculation that he would run for the Senate
next year: he will not. Giuliani, who will be in Rio De Janeiro consulting for the 2016 Olympics
was seen as a strong contender against Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, who
filled Hillary Clinton's seat when she left to become Secretary of
State. Flouting hopes of a much-anticipated 2010 campaign, Rudy once again inspires the strongest--and strangest--reactions from
people. Here, what people think about the latest Giuliani news.
- Why Do People Take Rudy Seriously? Balloon Juice's DougJ sighs,
"Let’s just stop pretending that Rudy has a future in politics at the
state or national level." He explains, "I talk to a lot of New York
State Democrats and (1) no one thought
there was any chance that Rudy would run and (2) no one thought that,
if Rudy ran, he’d have a chance of winning. [...] Rudy is a terrible
who tends to poll well early on in races because of warm memories of
the days when he was America's mayor. I thought everyone knew this
after the 2008 Republican primary."
- Good News For Gillibrand! Talking Points Memo chief Josh Marshall says
this should bring a "Big Sigh of Relief for NY-Dems." He writes that it
"is pretty good news for the NY Dems and Sen. Gillibrand since he was
running way ahead of her in the early polls."
- Bad News for Gillibrand! A Talking Points Memo reader dissents. "But in a drawn-out race, she couldn't wish for a better opponent. She's
no more popular this morning than she was yesterday. But suddenly, [with Rudy out] she
faces the prospect of running against a Republican who could grow more
popular as the public gets to know him, instead of one weighed down by
decades of baggage. There's no one who should be more disappointed by
today's announcement than Kirsten Gillibrand."
- The End of Rudy's Career Salon's Alex Koppelman makes the case. "Things can change down the line, of course, but for now this seems
to be the end of Giuliani's career in politics, and the obituaries are
being written. He did seem to have a shot at becoming
either senator or governor, but at the same time he also had quite a
bit of baggage to deal with, including the recent guilty plea of his
friend Bernie Kerik. And certainly any hope he has of being influential
in the political world from the private sector would have faded if he
suffered another embarrassing loss like the one he faced in the
Republican presidential primary last year."
- 'A Blow To Republicans' Weekly Standard's Matthew Continetti is mourning. "Giuliani's decision doesn't mean the Republicans have no chance of
taking the seat once held by Hillary Clinton. But it does mean they
have less of a chance, and they've lost a potential national Senatorial
spokesman for an assertive foreign and counter-terrorism policy."
- Rudy Has Other Interests Gawker's Ravi Somaiya explains: "Giuliani To Concentrate on Cross-Dressing, Having Affairs."
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