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Giuliani Entering the Race?

So says Bill Kristol. Having learned, Bill says, from the disastrous mistakes of 2007, he will recalibrate his strategy and go all out for New Hampshire this time, with the thought that if he can knock off Mitt Romney he will have the momentum he needs in climes more hospitable to him. It is, as Bill notes, implausible that Giuliani can be the nominee given how poorly he performed despite his star power last time, “but it’s an implausible year.” More to the point, his interest in the race seems more suggestive of something else—that the field is far from fixed and that if you combine Barack Obama’s cloudy future with the general sense that Republicans are looking hungrily for another option or two, he won’t be the last guy to get in. Remember that Fred Thompson got in the race toward the end of the summer in 2007, and it seemed like the clouds had parted for a minute and the sun had at last begun to shine on a dreary contest—until it became clear that Thompson didn’t really seem fully committed to the effort and, with the exception of a brilliant debate performance, never caught on. But the Thompson approach could work for somebody else…


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