James, you raise an interesting point as it relates to Rudy. I pointed out the three candidates who won Ames but never got the nominaiton and you pointed out the closer correlation between winning Ames and winning the Iowa caucus. That points to Rudy’s efferts to upset the latter trend. We assumed for awhile that he was mouthing platitudes about making a run for the caucus despite bowing out of Ames. This week’s activites which I mentioned convinced me he is serious. Whether it will work is always another story but clearly he is trying to leave a good impression with Iowa voters. If between now and January Romney fades, Rudy would be in an excellent position to win or be highly competitive in the caucus. Looking at his schedule with regard to both New Hamsphire and Iowa lead me to believe he is not relying soley on a Florida and Super Sunday strategy but really is going to make a stab at New Hampshire and Iowa. He certainly is in South Carolina (where Romney is running very poorly so far) although Fred Thompson’s entry will complicate things considerably.
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