With the third quarter coming to a close on Sunday, this is around the time that everybody starts speculating about fundraising numbers. Yesterday, we had some mixed signals from the Rudy camp. First, we learned that the campaign fired its head of fundraising, Anne Dunsmore, triggering talk that he must have had a lousy quarter. But the campaign quickly pushed back against that interpretation, insisting that the differences were about strategy, and not difficulty raising money. Giuliani himself went even further: “We’ll have a very good quarter, probably the best of the Republicans.” That’s quite a bold claim at a time when campaigns typically try to lower expectations. So I’m going to go out on a limb and predict his quarter will either be lousy, really great, or somewhere in between.