Rudolph Giuliani never counted on winning in Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina next month. Instead, he’d set his sights on Florida, hoping a decisive win there on Jan. 29 would set the stage for a big sweep on Feb. 5, when 22 states hold primaries, including his home state of New York and California, where he calculated that his liberal-Republican affinity with Gov.Arnold Schwarzenegger would trump his campaign’s failed attempts at dirty tricks and deliver a win.
One astute observer of Republican nefariousness suggested that the “miracle” he’s expecting is similar to the sort of vote-rigging “miracle” that handed Florida, and the presidency, to George W. Bush in 2000.
But in the wake of a new poll that showed him in third place in Florida after Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney, Giuliani gave a
speech in Tampa that pundits say was intended to reset his campaign that featured this telling formulation:
“Iâ€™ve met adversity before [9/11]. Iâ€™ve led in situations that seemed hopeless [9/11] and dire [9/11], in need of a miracle,” he said. “I don’t just hope for miracles. I expect miracles.”
One astute observer of Republican nefariousness* suggested that the “miracle” he’s expecting is similar to the sort of vote-rigging “miracle” that handed Florida, and the presidency, to George W. Bush in 2000.
In any case, Giuliani, the cousin-marrying serial adulterer, shouldn’t get his hopes up for divine intervention because it appears that Huckabee — who recently claimed that God Himself is directing his surge in popularity — has cornered the market where miracles are concerned.
There was one moment of cultural dissonance that must have been amusing up close:
Naming several issues, he suggested the American call was to “get it done,” to which he answered “and we will.”
…The speech was reminiscent of Giulianiâ€™s first inaugural address as mayor in 1994 — made famous by a young Andrew Giuliani lingering at the podium, waving to supporters — in which Giuliani repeatedly said: “It should be so, and it will be so.”
(It also reminded at least one person of the Larry the Cable Guy catchphrase, as one supporter yelled “Git-R-Done!” amid Giulianiâ€™s speech.)
No word from the Giluiani campaign on whether the former New York City mayor is a fan of Larry the Cable Guy — or if he had ever heard his catch phrase before Saturday.