[…] Giuliani's core weakness may not be any of those most widely discussed: the fact that he supports legal abortion and gay rights, his divorces, his strained relations with his children. His real problem is that his discourse is still rooted in the immediate post-Sept. 11 period, even as the country has moved on.
Yup. Sounds about right to me. Hard to believe it, but the Republicans may be about to put forward, for the second time in a row, a man whose raison d’être as a presidential candidate is his connection to a single day, already over five years past.
The times, they are a-changin'. For years it was the Democrats who couldn't warm to any of their front-runners, who seemed only able to hawk up the same nominees with the same tired strategies, whose hearts leapt every time some unlikely (and wildly improbable) "savior" candidate appeared from beyond the usual circles and flirted with a run. Now it's the Repubs who seem to be struggling while the Dems seem fairly comfortable with their top-tier candidates.