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January 21, 2008

Eulogizing The Fred: "The Mycroft Holmes of the Republican Party"

Baseball Crank delivers a post-mortem.

Fred and Rudy have a similar problem. When you're ahead, when you're winning, virtually any strategy will work. Fred entered the race as a front-runner; Rudy had long held that position.

But what works when you're ahead -- and anything does, really -- probably won't work when you're behind and need to do something to change the dynamics of the contest. Neither Fred or Rudy seemed to have a two-minute offense practiced, no real strategy besides "get out to an early lead and then sit on the ball." So when their opponents went ahead, they continued with the same sort of prevent defense.

I doubt Rudy can rally at this point. But if he's himself to have any chance of surviving until Mega Tuesday, he has to recognize he's now behind by 12 points in New York of all places and he's going to have to start being a lot more aggressive and opportunistic against McCain. Otherwise he might as well drop out now and let Mitt Romney try to peel off his support.

I'm kinda liking Romney at this point. He seems to be the only Republican in the race, apart from McCain, who really wanted this damn thing.

Via Hot Air, which is speculating about Fred Thompson serving as McCain's VP. I don't know -- why would Thompson give up a lucrative and interesting career in Hollywood to take the thankless job of VP? The only guy in the field who I can see being interested in that position is Huckabee.

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posted by Ace at 05:14 PM

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