The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll, like other polls, has Rudy Giuliani on top. (Story here; full results here). In the poll, Giuliani is at 34 percent, McCain is at 26 percent, Gingrich is at 12 percent, and Romney is at just 5 percent. Giuliani also had the highest favorability rating of any politician in either party, at 67 percent. Interestingly, “Romney had the worst ratio: 22 percent favorable to 24 percent unfavorable,” which is odd, because most people don’t know much about him.
For years I’ve been hearing that a) Rudy has no shot b) his 9/11 leadership will be forgotten by the time the primaries roll around c) he won’t even run anyway. Yet, the reality is that a) poll after poll shows him either tied or in the lead for the GOP nomination b) more than five years after 9/11, he’s still the most popular politician in America, and c) he spent the year zig zagging around the country for Republican candidates, forming an exploratory committee, and now hiring big names.
I think Deroy Murdock put it well: “Rudolph W. Giuliani has achieved the impossible: He’s a front-running underdog.”