I now have a horse in this race.
My guy, Rudy Guiliani, has filed paperwork with the FEC about his campaign for the Presidency. He has said that he is "in it to win." He will be making a formal announcement soon.
I am thrilled.
I have been a fan of Rudy since we lived in New York City. In a very literal way, he is personally responsible for the dramatic drop in crime in America in the 90s. His techniques for NYC were copied by cities around the country. America was a better place to live because Rudy was mayor.
September 11 cemented his reputation as a leader in times of crises. It has been said that American Presidents are most known, not for what they campaigned for, but for how they respond to the unexpected challenges of their presidencies. Rudy has proven his ability to provide clear and confident leadership when America needs it.
Rudy can be a unifying figure, one who transcends typical political pigeonholing to build a common sense consensus from which to govern. Sure, some religious conservatives won't like him. Sure, some partisan liberals won't like him. But America does like him. And that's what matters.
Rudy '08. Somebody get me a bumpersticker.