He’s counting on McCain to bear the brunt of the backlash if Iraq goes bad (which is why it’ll be interesting to see if he hedges a bit tonight on the surge), but I think he’s kidding himself. He’s been stumping for the war since before it began. If Petraeus can’t turn it around, then he, St. John, and My Man Mitt are competing to see who gets to lose to Hillary in the general election.
Update: He’s leading McCain across the board and has been since December. Eh, that’s because people have had to live with McCain’s immigration compromises and “torture” sanctimony for the past year; those polls are less pro-Giuliani than anti-Mac. Plus, Rudy’s still wearing his halo from 9/11. Wait until the mudslinging starts.
Update: McCain actually led Rudy by a few points in a Time magazine poll taken two weeks ago, but that result hasn’t been replicated.
Update: McCain’s stockpiling Christians.