Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks at a press briefing about a security project which his security consulting company is undertaking Sunday Sept. 17, 2006 in Singapore. Giuliani Security & Safety LLC will serve as security planner and adviser in Casino company Eighth Wonder’s bid to build a casino resort on Singapore’s Sentosa island.
David Broder: California’s Model for The Middle
The likely victory of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in next month’s election could change the dynamics of California government and the way both national parties think about this mega-state.
Broder has it partly right.
He fails to mention the extreme leftward migration of California Democrats with the mega-influence of the public employee unions on the state budget.
And he fails to mention that most California Republicans will hold their nose and vote for Schwarzenegger because the alternative, Phil Angelides, is a far-left ideologue – a Gray Davis clone.
But, what does this all mean?
It means California will be in play for the GOP in the 2008 presidential race – the first time in 20 years. And the Democrats will have to defend the 55 electoral votes that have routinely shifted to the blue column.
Giuliani will be competitive no matter who the Democrats nominate. There are no other potential Democrat candidates that can match the stature and leadership qualities as the former New York Mayor.
Flap pictures Rudy as a GOP candidate in the mold of Pete Wilson and we all know how successful Wilson was.
When the GOP nominates Giuliani, unless there is a major GAFF, the Fat Lady has sung for the 2008 election. No one will beat him.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (C) speaks at a news conference as he is joined by Californiaâ€™s Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (L) and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca (R) in Santa Monica, California, August 17, 2006, urging California voters to support Proposition 83, Jessicaï¿½s Law on the November 2006 ballot. Proposition 83 calls for electronically monitoring sex offenders for life via a GPS system as well as allowing prosecutors to charge criminals who posses child pornography with a felony.
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