udy is back in the news. He has been a frequent presence on the cable news shows since the Bhutto assassination, reminding voters of the need for American strength against terrorists. Banking that Huckabee’s gaffes and Romney’s bland cliches are leaving voters concerned he’s making a push to re-establish his presence as the debate turns from religion to meatier policy issues. His “Freedom”
ad released last week hammers home the theme of determination in the fight against terrorists. Today he has this piece
out making the case for his own ability to not only achieve homeland security but close the border. His campaign also is going on the offense, making the pitch
that his Florida strategy remains entirely viable given that only 78 delegates will be chosen before Florida and 1039 between Florida and February 5. What would have to happen? Romney and Huckabee bloody each other and help convince voters neither has the foreign policy credentials to be president while Thompson fades after a disappointing finish in Iowa. (So far this seems entirely plausible.) Then McCain and Rudy duke it out, the latter with superior resources to go through February 5. Like British foreign policy of the 19th century it depends on a careful balance of opposing powers, making sure no rival gets the upper hand. Hey, it wouldn’t be the strangest thing to happen this election cycle. UPDATE: Linda Chavez
lays out the same case.