Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Giuliani's Playbook Fumble

You think the person that "mis-placed" this document is going to get reamed?
It's clearly laid out in 140 pages of printed text, handwriting and spreadsheets: The top-secret plan for Rudy Giuliani's bid for the White House.

The remarkably detailed dossier sets out the budgets, schedules and fund-raising plans that will underpin the former New York mayor's presidential campaign - as well as his aides' worries that personal and political baggage could scuttle his run.

At the center of his efforts: a massive fund-raising push to bring in at least $100 million this year, with a scramble for at least $25 million in the next three months alone.

The loss of the battle plan is a remarkable breach in the high-stakes game of presidential politics and a potentially disastrous blunder for Giuliani in the early stages of his campaign.

The document was obtained by the Daily News from a source sympathetic to one of Giuliani's rivals for the White House. The source said it was left behind in one of the cities Giuliani visited as he campaigned for dozens of Republican candidates in the weeks leading up to the November 2006 elections.

Talk about a screw-up. It's one thing to have someone provide analysis on you, it's another thing to hand it to them on a silver platter.

Personally, I don't like Giuliani on a few specific topics, especially gun control. But I don't honestly see him getting the Republican nomination. I'm sure that I'll like him less as the information on him comes to the surface, but considering what the Dems are offering for '08 I'm not sure he won't get my vote if he gets the nomination.

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