New Rudy ad: The NYT non-endorsement endorsement!

posted at 9:51 am on January 28, 2008 by Allahpundit

A brilliant last-ditch ploy to position himself to McCain’s right but it likely comes too late. Not only is he down to less than half of what Maverick and Romney are pulling in the polls, but even the early voting, which he’s banking on to shock the world tomorrow night, may not be going his way. From Byron York’s pre-postmortem:

One recent poll, from Insider Advantage, taken on Saturday, found that of 692 people surveyed, 171, or about 25 percent, had already voted. Of them, 16 percent said they had voted for Giuliani, versus the 29 and 30 percent who said they had voted for McCain and Romney, respectively. So the hope that Giuliani’s supporters had — that early voters might have chosen Rudy before his popularity began to sag so badly — might not be working out.

Per Salon, Rudy may end up being just another New Yorker who went to Florida to retire. Exit question one: He’s only two or three points ahead of Huck for third place in some polls. If he finishes fourth, does he quit before Super Tuesday? I can’t see him dropping out before then any other way. Exit question two: Why is this ad web-only? Except for Huckabee’s hyper-popular Chuck Norris spot and the infamous Christmas message spot, even highly rated web ads rarely do more than 50,000 views. Who’s going to see it except the sadly irrelevant blogosphere?


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Who’s going to see it except the sadly irrelevant blogosphere?

Fred! after he’s done reading Ace.

ninjapirate on January 28, 2008 at 9:58 AM

Allah…when we watch the video here, does it count as a view over at YouTube, or does it only count if we click over to YT and watch it?

RushBaby on January 28, 2008 at 10:00 AM

It should count.

Allahpundit on January 28, 2008 at 10:01 AM

The question for me is, who does Rudy endorse once he drops out? Fred! has shied away from endorsing anyone, but it seems a lot of his advisors are going to Romney.

There’s a natural synergy between Rudy and Maverick when it comes to national security, but Romney seems like the better candidate to endorse to me…

How sad. I really liked Rudy. Why, oh why, did he blow his whole campaign so spectacularly???

Outlander on January 28, 2008 at 10:01 AM

Dangit! I really was pulling for Rudy. But just imagine the folks he woulda brought wid him to Washington from the old NYC days.

BJ* on January 28, 2008 at 10:03 AM

Rudy will make a tough, Cheney-like Veep.

Romney-Rudy 2008.

(Bad political stratgey, Rudy, that “Wait till Floridia!” thing.)

profitsbeard on January 28, 2008 at 10:05 AM

The question for me is, who does Rudy endorse once he drops out?

Almost certainly McCain. He’s already said he’d be supporting Mac if he wasn’t running.

Allahpundit on January 28, 2008 at 10:06 AM

Yes, AP, you beat me to it. Rudy said in one of the earlier debates, in fact, that he’d be supporting Maverick if Rudy himself were not running.

I think Rudy will stay in the race till after Supahdupah Tuesday, because he will likely gain SOME delegates in NY, NJ, Calif [entering Tues he will probably have next to NONE] and in the case of a divided convention having some delegates gives him at least SOME bargaining power.

Rudy’s demise is pretty much being discussed all over the blogosphere (Ryan Sager had a good analysis in todays NY POST). The most telling line of which was: The more people in early primary states got to know Rudy the less likely they were to vote for him.

Ouch. Thats gonna leave a mark.

Always Right on January 28, 2008 at 10:12 AM

You gotta admit NOT being endorsed by the NYT is a better place to be if you are seeking the GOP nomination.

Exit question one: He’s only two or three points ahead of Huck for third place in some polls. If he finishes fourth, does he quit before Super Tuesday? I can’t see him dropping out before then any other way.

I can’t see him dropping out until after the Mardi Gras vote (aka Super Tuesday). Even if the outcome is clear, he’s likely to wait and hope for a “Hail Mary” from voters who see the race becoming a Romney v. McCain showdown.

Exit question two: Why is this ad web-only?

The man has no money and Florida is an expensive media market. His staff is working for free. Perhaps putting it on the web is the best that he could do.

highhopes on January 28, 2008 at 10:12 AM

Looks pretty grim, but I’m not counting Rudy out until he’s out. If he doesn’t make it, I hope the new administration tags him for DHS.

MikeZero on January 28, 2008 at 10:12 AM

How sucky would it be if both Rudy and Fred endorsed McShamnesty?

amerpundit on January 28, 2008 at 10:13 AM

Almost certainly McCain. He’s already said he’d be supporting Mac if he wasn’t running.

Just another reason not to vote for him in the first place.

highhopes on January 28, 2008 at 10:14 AM

How sucky would it be if both Rudy and Fred endorsed McShamnesty?

amerpundit on January 28, 2008 at 10:13 AM

Uber-sucky, my friend. Uber-sucky.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 28, 2008 at 10:15 AM

Romney / Thompson ticket with Rudy as Attorney General or Secretary of State – his pick. Just saying.

Sugar Land on January 28, 2008 at 10:16 AM

In the ad Rudy says that new citizens must be able to read, write, and speak English. Isn’t that already a component of becoming a naturalized citizen? Is that also true for obtaining visas and green cards?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 28, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Looks pretty grim, but I’m not counting Rudy out until he’s out. If he doesn’t make it, I hope the new administration tags him for DHS.

MikeZero on January 28, 2008 at 10:12 AM

DHS? Really? Sanctuary City Rudy?

He shares the same views as Lettuce Picker Chertoff.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 28, 2008 at 10:19 AM

The question for me is, who does Rudy endorse once he drops out?

Almost certainly McCain. He’s already said he’d be supporting Mac if he wasn’t running.

Allahpundit on January 28, 2008 at 10:06 AM

So what are you and the rest of the Hotair crew going to do if McCain gets the nomination nod? The guy is a total RINO and, while some of the polls suggest he’s the “only Republican” who can challenge Hillary or Obama in the general, I have to believe McCain would have a Howard Dean moment and get steamrolled.

I hate to admit it, but I’m giving serious thought to staying home on election day…and I’ve voted in 3 presidential elections and probably 6 total elections.

Outlander on January 28, 2008 at 10:21 AM

This ad is so poor. It is basically an ad for McCain showing the endorsements he got. With all the mileage that ruDe has gotten out of George Will’s ONE statement, you can’t believe that ruDe would not be overjoyed to get a newspaper endorsement – even just one.

Another endorsement that ruDe didn’t get is the governor there – that’s not in the ad, and Norman Swarzkoff – not in the ad. It is so strange to be happy that any American does not want you to be president. But to tout it in a commercial is absurd. He just promoted McCain to people who didn’t know the NYT endorsed him. All he can do is put talking points together. . . there is no vision from this guy other than ‘look how good I did for NY’.

ThackerAgency on January 28, 2008 at 10:31 AM

I don’t think a Guliani endorsement is going to help a whole lot for McCain, but I also think that Rudy will stick it out till super tuesday and after that, who knows where the race will be at.

Luckedout on January 28, 2008 at 10:34 AM

How sucky would it be if both Rudy and Fred endorsed McShamnesty?

amerpundit on January 28, 2008 at 10:13 AM

Don’t know about Rudy but I’ll bet you Fred is not endorsing because he will be on the ticket for Romney’s VP.

kcd on January 28, 2008 at 10:41 AM

Rudy Our Best Candidate!

Why Go From a Flop to the Flipper?
When you can go with Rudy who worked with the Gipper!

Chakra Hammer on January 28, 2008 at 10:43 AM

Rudy Our Best Candidate!

Why Go From a Flop to the Flipper?
When you can go with Rudy who worked with the Gipper!

Chakra Hammer on January 28, 2008 at 10:43 AM

Just like Souter, Rudy’s a Strait Shooter!

Wait a minu…

BKennedy on January 28, 2008 at 10:46 AM

DHS? Really? Sanctuary City Rudy?

He shares the same views as Lettuce Picker Chertoff.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 28, 2008 at 10:19 AM

Sanctuary City stuff he was forced into, by the negligence of the Federal Government.

The Federal Government would NOT deport the illegals sent to them, so it’s up to Mayors and local officials to figure out what to do with them..

IF you go back, and look at past statements that Rudy made when he was at the Federal Level back in 1982, you will see that he is definitely AGAINST Illegal immigration, And believes Strongly that it needs to be stopped AT THE BORDERS.

Also, obviously a new VISA/Verification systems needs to be created for guests/workers and students… bio-metrics need t be used. We need to be able to identify people coming IN and OUT of our Country.

Chakra Hammer on January 28, 2008 at 10:50 AM

Why Go From a Flop to the Flipper?
When you can go with Rudy who worked with the Gipper!

Going with a RINO instead of a straight-shooter,
Is how we ended up with jurists like Souter!!!

Romney/Thompson ’08!!!!!!!

highhopes on January 28, 2008 at 10:50 AM

Just like Souter, Rudy’s a Strait Shooter!

Wait a minu…

BKennedy on January 28, 2008 at 10:46 AM

A Romneyiet criticizing Rudy’s word?

Chakra Hammer on January 28, 2008 at 10:52 AM

Going with a RINO instead of a straight-shooter,
Is how we ended up with jurists like Souter!!!

Romney/Thompson ‘08!!!!!!!

highhopes on January 28, 2008 at 10:50 AM

Romney isn’t a Straight shooter! LOL

That Dog Dont hunt…

Chakra Hammer on January 28, 2008 at 10:54 AM

First of all, despite the hope of the Romney Koolaid drinkers here, Rudy is staying in the race to win it.

This is great ad for Rudy, too bad he does not have Romney’s cash to self fund his campaign like Romney has done.

Secondly, Romney and his surrender to the Saudi buddies at Bain Capital had/has liberal positions on amnesty for illegals (why else would he be telegraphing Jeb Bush as running mate), gay rights (“more supportive than Ted Kennedy”).

Romeny is Hillary in mens suit. He is man of low character who will say anything to get the deal done, so long as he makes out personally. He lied to voters in Michigan about bring back heaving manufacturing jobs in there: If it could be done, why did he not do it when he was at Bain????

Romney is a BS artist from Day One.

georgealbert on January 28, 2008 at 11:00 AM

Chakra Hammer on January 28, 2008 at 10:50 AM

Hang it up already- Rudy is done. Finished. Dead in the water. He can not win. You can stop with the ridiculous shilling now.

Hollowpoint on January 28, 2008 at 11:03 AM

First of all, despite the hope of the Romney Koolaid drinkers here, Rudy is staying in the race to win it.

georgealbert on January 28, 2008 at 11:00 AM

I’m pretty friggen far from being a Romney Kool-Aid drinker, but Rudy has about as much chance of winning the nomination as I do of winning the Kentucky Derby. If he stays in, it won’t be to win.

This former Fredhead had to deal with defeat- it’s time you RINO Rudy supporters did the same.

Hollowpoint on January 28, 2008 at 11:11 AM

Romney isn’t a Straight shooter! LOL

Compared to Rudy, Mitt Romney could be called “dead eye.” It’s really academic since Rudy’s strategy clearly failed but how are we supposed to trust Rudy after all his glossing over his pro-amnesty, pro-gay marriage, anti-2nd Amendment actions? Not to mention all the criminals that are part of his inner circle of colleagues.

Mitt Romeny’s position on abortion evolved. Rudy is nothing but a liar when it comes to social issues that matter to conservatives. I admire what Rudy did in the aftermath of the 9/11/01 atrocities but he can’t be trusted with something as important as the Presidency. He’s no better than John McCain.

highhopes on January 28, 2008 at 11:17 AM

Request for clarification from the NYT:

Which one are you endorsing to be Vice-President?

landlines on January 28, 2008 at 11:23 AM

Of them, 16 percent said they had voted for Giuliani, versus the 29 and 30 percent who said they had voted for McCain and Romney, respectively

a lot of that 16% would have gone to McCain I suspect, so that helps Mitt

I read on a Miami Herald comment board that absentee voters could vote again in primary if they changed their mind and their absentee vote would be voided

true?

windansea on January 28, 2008 at 11:28 AM

This former Fredhead had to deal with defeat- it’s time you RINO Rudy supporters did the same.

Hollowpoint on January 28, 2008 at 11:11 AM

agreed :-(

tommylotto on January 28, 2008 at 11:30 AM

Who’s going to see it except the sadly irrelevant blogosphere?

You’d think people would learn by now that our opinions are just as irrelevant as they are smart.

frankj on January 28, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Compared to Rudy, Mitt Romney could be called “dead eye.” It’s really academic since Rudy’s strategy clearly failed but how are we supposed to trust Rudy after all his glossing over his pro-amnesty, pro-gay marriage, anti-2nd Amendment actions? Not to mention all the criminals that are part of his inner circle of colleagues.

Mitt Romeny’s position on abortion evolved. Rudy is nothing but a liar when it comes to social issues that matter to conservatives. I admire what Rudy did in the aftermath of the 9/11/01 atrocities but he can’t be trusted with something as important as the Presidency. He’s no better than John McCain.

highhopes on January 28, 2008 at 11:17 AM

Do you Trust Romney, who actually had a close family relative that died from an illegal abortion.

He seems to personally and emotionally invested..

Also, he has shown already on multiple occasions to be a liar, if you will.

———–

Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.

-Albert Einstein
————–

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.

-Albert Einstein

Chakra Hammer on January 28, 2008 at 12:18 PM

Hang it up already- Rudy is done. Finished. Dead in the water. He can not win. You can stop with the ridiculous shilling now.

Hollowpoint on January 28, 2008 at 11:03 AM

” It ain’t over ’til it’s over ”

-Yogi Berra

——————

Yogi on the 1969 NY Mets…..” overwhelming underdogs ”

Maybe Rudy will be compared to the 1969 Mets who won the ’69 Series in 5 games.

LOL

Chakra Hammer on January 28, 2008 at 12:23 PM

Maybe Rudy will be compared to the 1969 Mets who won the ‘69 Series in 5 games.

Right now he’s more likely to be compared to the 1962 Mets who made Casey Stengel say “The have shown me ways to lose I never knew existed.”

dedalus on January 28, 2008 at 12:31 PM

Maybe Rudy will be compared to the 1969 Mets who won the ‘69 Series in 5 games.

LOL

Chakra Hammer on January 28, 2008 at 12:23 PM

Rudy is more like the ’07 Jets.

BKennedy on January 28, 2008 at 1:01 PM

Rudy could do better by attacking McCain on immigration (Juan Fernandez, Soros money, etc.) but he won’t, because it’s Florida and he wants the Hispanic votes. It’s no accident that McCain now is touting a national ID, just like Rudy. Great: now we all have to carry an intrusive Big Brother ID, and the illegals will forge them the day after they come out.

Foolish, fatal.

PattyJ on January 28, 2008 at 1:02 PM

He’s right though. The Old Gray Whore’s endorsement should be a BIG red flag, at the very least, if not the kiss of death for a GOP candidate.

Rule of thumb for the GOP: If The Times hates you, you’re doing something right. If they like you, you may as well move your desk across the aisle.

SuperCool on January 28, 2008 at 1:12 PM

Rudy could do better by attacking McCain on immigration
PattyJ on January 28, 2008 at 1:02 PM

Rudy is just as bad on immigration as McCain is, so it’s probably not a winning strategy.

However there isn’t any winning strategy for Rudy that doesn’t involve a high powered rifle or fatal accident involving McCain and Romney…

Hollowpoint on January 28, 2008 at 1:30 PM