"On the Republican side, Rudy Giuliani and Sen. John McCain 'typically vie for the lead in Republican preference polls, but a greater percentage of Republicans say they would find Giuliani acceptable than say this about McCain (73% to 55%).' In fact, 4 in 10 Republicans 'say they would not find McCain to be an acceptable GOP presidential nominee.'"Interestingly, saw Chris Matthews pick Giuliani as the candidate he thought most likely to be the next President, on Leno last night (was this a repeat? don't know, but still). Said he wanted a "guy" who's there, on the ground, not a detached Bush-like "guy" who takes a few days to get it right (Bush in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 and Katrina)...that is, a "guy" on the ground as Giuliani was on 9/11.
I wouldn't count out the McCain people, however, they're likely to engage in a death match with Giuliani. McCain wants this, bad.
I think there may be something to this...given the instability the world over, people may still be looking for a leader in 2008 who is perceived to be someone who will provide security...I don't yet see who on the Democratic side might be this equivalent person. Not to say that I'm in any way favouring Giuliani or am at all as quick as Matthews is to anoint this strange man. Giuliani has notable weaknesses as a candidate, consider his serious case of foot-in-mouth disease and tendency to overstate his abilities, qualifications. Oh, and he married his cousin a while back (annulled, I believe). As for the 9/11 halo, well, Bush used to have that aura and that has all but disappeared since...events change so quickly, no one's a shoe-in. So anyone jumping on the Giuliani bandwagon, best of luck. He's not Secretariat.