We expect the NH Gang of 15 might make a note of this. We know Harry Levine will.
Rudy Giuliani was a strong supporter of New Hampshire's First In The Nation Primary, as his comment to the advocacy group Victory NH demonstrates:
The primacy of the New Hampshire Primary is a hallowed American tradition that should be preserved and protected... Time and time again, New Hampshire has served as a launching pad for underdog candidates and also to winnow out front-runners who took a Granite State victory for granted."Winnow out front-runners who took a Granite State victory for granted"?
Prophetic words from Hiz Honor?
From today's Adam Nagourney story on the presidential campaign strategies for dealing with the new '08 primary calendar:
Mr. Giuliani’s aides suggested they might not spend as much time and money in Iowa and New Hampshire as other candidates, given his potential strength on Feb. 5 in places like California and New Jersey, two states with a more moderate electorate than Iowa and South Carolina.Which is sort of like saying, "Since Mr. Giuliani is the current front-runner go F yourself New Hampshire!"
“We have the ability to play the game a little differently,” said Mike DuHaime, who is running Mr. Giuliani’s campaign. “It’s not a matter of saying the early states aren’t important, because they are. It is just a matter of realizing that, unlike past primaries, there are many more states this year that will help decide the nominee.”
We love New Yorkers.