Someone accused me of not being a Republican in the comments here because I didn’t think Libby should be pardoned. I hate to tell you, pal, but by that logic Rudy’s not a Republican either.

Actually, Rudy isn’t really a Republican. So maybe our commenter had a point.

Mayor Giuliani is cool to the idea of an immediate presidential pardon for I. Lewis Libby Jr., a position that puts him out of step with some conservatives who say President Bush should not wait to grant the convicted former White House aide a legal reprieve.

“The pardon power is a very, very important power that the president has, and it has to be exercised very judiciously and very carefully,” Mr. Giuliani told reporters in Washington yesterday. “You certainly shouldn’t speculate about it while a criminal case is still ongoing.”

He added: “It seems to me you let it go through the process.”

69% of Americans agree.

Chin up. He also said he agreed with the D.C. Circuit Court’s ruling last week on the Second Amendment. Welcome news, except it seems to contradict what he told Sean Hannity back in February where he distinguished between gun ownership in rural areas versus densely-populated cities. Watch the first clip; it comes at about three-quarters of the way through. Federalism is all well and good, but I don’t know he can take that position and then say he supports the D.C. ruling finding an individual right to bear arms. If a federal constitutional right exists, it exists everywhere. The states have nothing to do with it.

Still, a sound enough position for him to pick up the Dennis Miller endorsement.

Exit question one: With fully 19 months to go until the election, should this concern us? Quote: “Just 34 percent of all respondents said they had a favorable view of the Republican Party, and that is the lowest it has been since December 1998. By contrast, 47 percent of respondents said they had a positive view of the Democratic Party.” Note the numbers for flexibility vs. commitment in Iraq, too. Exit question two: Doesn’t this put added pressure on the GOP to nominate a moderate and try to snatch back some of those blue-trending voters?