Dismissing his views on gays, guns, wives and abortion, a Washington Post poll sees Republicans turning to electability as a major attribute in 2008 and electability is another word for Giuliani.
The Post’s principal political reporter, Dan Balz, reports today that there is a “broad-based perception” among Republican true believers that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is the most electable candidate and being electable has suddenly become more important than being pure.
The poll gives Giuliani a commanding 37 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents in the large field that has only two others attaining double digits, John McCain and the unannounced Fred Thompson at 16 and 15 percent. The only other first tier occupant, Mitt Romney, comes in with a not too potent eight percent.
It gets worse. If McCain drops out, Giuliani would pick up a good chunk of his support.
This is frightening because Giuliani is running as almost a single issue candidate. He’s the tough guy who stood up to the terrorists as mayor on 9/11 although exactly how he did it remains lost in myth. A terrorist attack between now and the election could only enhance his position and impress the most impressionable voters and we would find ourselves with the prospect of electing another George W. Bush — without the charm.