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The Giuliani Concession

I think Giuliani — whom I trumpeted as the best Republican candidate for 2008 in my book, Can She Be Stopped? — looked relieved and happy as he delivered what is surely the final speech of his campaign as a candidate. I think, with no inside knowledge, that he figured his goose was cooked after the story in the New York Daily News in November about his then-mistress being driven around in NYPD vans. His campaign didn’t know how to address the matter, and every time it said something, there was another story in the News advancing it. Even the correcting stories a few weeks later that indicated the whole thing was just an accounting quirk couldn’t help him regain his footing. Rudy was in a reduced condition from that moment forward, and he has now been released from two months of fatalistic anxiety. That has to feel good.

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