4 years ago, Rudy Giuliani appeared to be a shoo-in for the Republican presidential nomination. He had high name recognition, lots of money, and a big lead in the polls. I knew from the get go that he wouldn't get the nomination, but I was wrong about what brought him down. I knew that Republican voters wouldn't like his socially liberal positions. I knew that people of all political stripes would hate Giuliani if they knew that he blamed the troops for the 380 tons of stolen explosives in Iraq in an October 2004 Today show interview while shilling for Bush's re-election.
I was SHOCKED to learn that Rudy Giuliani as mayor was having an affair with a mistress and then had the NERVE to charge the related expenses to New York City taxpayers. I was even MORE SHOCKED to learn that Rudy Giuliani chose to build the emergency command center INSIDE the World Trade Center (instead of in Brooklyn as suggested by his advisors) SOLELY for the convenience of having wild, orgasmic sex with his mistress.
I knew from the get-go that Giuliani wouldn't get the nomination, but I was wrong on the reason. I was hoping that he would get the nomination, because he would have been the easiest Rethug to beat. The conservatives would have hated him for his socially liberal positions, and that would have given rise to a Third Party right-wing kook. Footage of him blaming the troops for the stolen explosives in Iraq would have led to across-the-board hatred of him. If Giuliani had been the nominee in 2008, he would have lost in ALL 50 states, including Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Texas. He would have had trouble winning a single county, even the 90%+ Bush counties of the Nebraska panhandle. The third party right-wing kook would have had more votes.
I think Mitt Romney is the Rudy Giuliani of 2012. Everyone thinks he'll be the nominee, but I still feel certain that he won't get it. Romney isn't as loathesome as Giuliani, but I thought Giuliani was the most loathesome of all of the 2008 Rethug candidates. At least Romney hasn't bad-mouthed our troops, and at least Romney didn't cripple emergency response so he could have wild. orgasmic sex with a mistress.
I want Mitt Romney to get the nomination. This would guarantee a right-wing third party candidate. Romney's relentless flip-flopping is the worst of both worlds (for Rethugs): he won't fire up the Tea Party or the religious right, yet he also won't appeal to moderates. It would be so much fun to watch the Rethugs try to reconcile their 1988 and 2004 talking points about Massachusetts with the case for electing Mitt Romney. They'll have to admit that Massachusetts is part of Real America and isn't a corrupt and lawless state where married gay couples lynch heterosexuals, every street corner has a drive-thru abortion clinic, and everybody has wild, orgasmic sex in the middle of the street. It would be John Kerry's revenge! Romney would win Utah. If he's lucky, he could win Idaho as well. Like Giuliani, Romney is one of the few Rethugs who would have difficulty winning in the Nebraska panhandle.
Alas, I feel certain that Romney won't get the nomination, which means that Obama won't stand a chance of winning Wyoming, Nebraska (other than one or two districts), Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, or Alabama.
The big question: What will be Romney's "Sex On The City" factor (not necessarily a specific scandal) that will bring him down and prevent him from getting the nomination?