Giuliani’s Rather Late Epiphany
Via the Political Wire in regards to his 2008 bid for the GOP nomination:
“I didn’t build a good enough campaign in any one state to win a primary. I had a great national campaign, a terrible primary campaign. And it should be reversed. You’ve got to win primaries in order to get nominated."
This is, of course, the case. Indeed, it has been the case for, well, decades. I am constantly amazed how ostensibly smart people fail to recognize and grasp basic elements of the way our political system works. How is it possible to be a major politico and not understand the fundamental truth that the road to either party’s nomination starts in Iowa and is a step-by-step process? And yet, here we have an admission that the basics were wholly misunderstood.
It reminds me of the major error made by the Clinton campaign in 2008 when they went into the California primary thinking that the delegate allocation was done by winner-take-all rather than via a proportional process (see here).