Message to you Rudy. It’s an old song by the Specials, a UK band I listened to during my younger years. And it’s also the topic of this posting.
Rudy. Rudy. What are you and your people thinking? Do you actually have PAID advisers helping out on your now long-shot bid for the presidency? You know, it didn’t have to be this way, Mr. Mayor.
But before we get to what your campaign has done wrong, let’s take a look at what you’ve done right. You got rid of the comb over. Big props for that. Hopefully, hair challenged men the world over will now realize a close cropped head of hair beats the comb over every time. And you mention 9/11 like you’re the subliminal message guy in the old SNL skits. Predictable perhaps, but it’s been effective for you, sir. Somehow people have connected the dots from you being a good responder to the aftermath of terrorist attacks with actually being effective at stopping them. Not saying you couldn’t, Rudy, but being Churchill-like after 9/11 doesn’t prove you can actually stop anything. Finally, you and your folks should take great pride in recognizing that this year’s race, with all the shifted primaries, would be unlike any before.
And here’s where it falls apart. Yes, Team Rudy quickly grasped the primaries were set up differently this time out and you all deserve credit for factoring that change into your strategy. The problem is the strategy you chose, ignore almost all the races til Florida, was at best naive and at worst criminally stupid if you are trying to get yourself elected president.
How could you, Mr. Giuliani and your advisers not realize that:
a) momentum means something
b) people love a winner
c) press coverage follows the winner of the early races like Iowa & New Hampshire
d) And money stalks the winners too
Sure, at one point, Rudy, you could claim to hold a sizable lead in national polling. But now that’s all a distant memory along with your lead in the Florida race that you’ve pinned all your hopes on.
Rudy, you aren’t winning Florida and in fact, you will soon be joining Thompson on the sidelines commiserating about what could have been. But at least your hair will look presidential. And, take heart, that’s more than a lot of guys can say.
Bonus Picture of Rudy with Comb Over:
And now Rudy after:
Please share this with all balding men that are tempted to comb over. Thank You.
Extra special bonus pic of The Specials: