Rudy played off Hillary and for awhile held the role as the candidate most adept at taunting her. Her slide has deprived him of a helpful foil. Maybe something else is at work also. I wonder if the same factors aiding Obama's rise are also aiding McCain. McCain is making one argument explicitly-- that only he is competitive with Obama for key Independent voters. But perhaps GOP voters are more willing to have a nominee who has worked with Democrats, sometimes to the annoyance of the base, and someone who offers less strife and gridlock. Maybe bipartisanship is in.
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