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The Presidental Race Tightens

Two candidates abandoned their bids for the White House, today.

First, Rudy "9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11" Giuliani, who was the national frontrunner as recently as four months ago:

thank god

Some say that he ran a poor campaign, but I think the whole thing was a painstakingly orchestrated business move. Having learned, in wake of September 11th, that he could make astronomical speaking fees for being associated with disaster, he figured another debacle on his resume could only help.

And we also bid farewell to John "Wait, you're running for president?" Edwards:

Thanks, you two

Edwards said the decision to withdraw was a tough one, but he wanted to devote more time to his 2012 presidential campaign.

Posted on January 30, 2008 to Politics


Now voters will really have to decide who they want, now that these frontrunners (ha!) are out of the race.

Posted by: Kelly on January 30, 2008 12:20 PM

Honestly, who ever was head of Rudy's campaign should never be involved in politics again. Besides the beyond obvious fear campaign, who doesn't at least try to complete in the early states to gain momentum?

Do they not realize people will quickly switch loyalty after you come in 5th place over and over again?


Posted by: Mark on January 30, 2008 1:21 PM

Didn't you just post a couple of days ago that Edwards was unlikely to pull out any time soon?

Posted by: Anonymous on January 30, 2008 2:53 PM

When Giuliani's popularity began to fall off, one reporter noted that Giuliani's poll numbers fell somewhere between 9 and 11 points, depending on which poll you looked at.

Posted by: daveb99 on January 30, 2008 3:44 PM

I was expecting Giuliani's press conference announcing his withdrawl sometime between 9 am and 11 pm

Posted by: Craig on January 30, 2008 3:47 PM

Mark: don't buy-in to the official media line that Giuliani "didn't try to compete in the early states." He absolutely did! In fact, he spent between $2-3 million in New Hampshire alone. What news stories reported in December, however, was that the more he spent in NH, the lower his poll numbers dropped. So he left.

As Josh Marshall points out over at TalkingPointsMemo.com, the irony is that the "stand-and-fight" ex-mayor ran from every fight this campaign offered. He shut down and ran when it looked like he wasn't going to get the numbers he wanted.

As a New Yorker who's lived through Koch, Dinkins, Giuliani, and Bloomberg mayoralties, I have to say that he did more to destroy this city than any of them. Maybe not all of them were able to fix NYC's problems, but they didn't turn the city into a have vs. have-not cage match, with elevated racial tensions as seasoning. And if one more person says, "But he reduced crime!" I will hunt that person down and kick him or her in the 'nads. The "broken windows" theory of crime prevention was the brainchild of then-Police Commissioner William Bratton, and as soon as he started getting credit for it, Giuliani canned him. Bratton also introduced the CompStat database, which was a major crime-fighting tool. Not to mention that crime was going down all over the nation--under Bill Clinton.

As a result, I couldn't be happier to see his campaign crash-and-burn. It couldn't happen to a more deserving fellow.

If you want to read more about Giuliani's management style and leadership capabilities, go no farther than this NYTimes piece from last week:

Posted by: Karen on January 30, 2008 4:25 PM

Never commented...great caption. Wish I were a LOLcat...

Posted by: Chris on January 30, 2008 11:33 PM

Poor Edwards. Too bad he dropped out after both my boyfriend and I voted early for him.

Posted by: zeekster on January 31, 2008 6:40 AM

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Posted by: Rudy Guiliani on January 31, 2008 7:00 PM