This won’t work for them as well as it did last time, when Bush I got the deer-in-the-headlights look when he saw the electronic scanner at the supermarket. They used that incident to contrast him with sax-playing McDonald’s fanboy Bubba Clinton, but Rudy’s no more or less common than anyone else in the field. Wake me when you see Hillary or the Breck Girl pushing a wagon at Pathmark.

Still, embarrassing:

Campaigning in Alabama on Tuesday, the former New York City mayor portrayed himself as a fiscal conservative and an aggressive fighter of terrorism who has a lot in common with the Deep South state.

But when asked about more mundane matters — like the price of some basic staples — Giuliani had trouble with a reporter’s question.

“A gallon of milk is probably about a $1.50, a loaf of bread about a $1.25, $1.30,” he said.

A check of the Web site for D’Agostino supermarket on Manhattan’s Upper East Side showed a gallon of milk priced at $4.19 and a loaf of white bread at $2.99 to $3.39. In Montgomery, Ala., a gallon of milk goes for about $3.39 and bread is about $2.

With geometric logic, the Kossacks complain that this proves he’s out of touch because he obviously hasn’t been briefed by his handlers on supermarket prices the way those salt-of-the-earth Democrats with their people-powered entourages surely have been.

In other Rudy news, libertarian and social con critics are each trying to get traction from his Schiavo comments, without much luck. America’s tired, boys.