“Giuliani walks into the White House with hardly a fight”

That according to Eric Rodawig from The Hoya. Read more for analysis.

Copy/paste will explain:

It is now more apparent than ever that the Republican Party urgently needs strong, charismatic leadership as it licks it wounds after the 2006 elections. Consequently, there is no better choice for the 2008 Republican presidential nominee than former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Rodawig explains his argument with the following:

Most of the liberal pundit-ocracy says Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is the favorite for the 2008 nomination, and that Rudy’s positions on social issues will prevent him from getting past a primary. But those people are wrong.

Giuliani consistently beats out McCain in polls of favorability, name recognition and potential voting in 2008. He almost always finishes number one or two in not only mainstream polls, but also, more importantly for the primary, in polls on conservative Web sites where Newt Gingrich and Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) are near the top. The base may disagree with some of Giuliani’s social positions, but they do like him as a person and a leader — something that cannot be said about McCain.

I personally think he makes a valid argument, it’s the scenario I see as most likely. However, that’s being said on November 10, 2006. A lot has to happen between now and 2008. I’m sure Giuliani’s liberal social positions could be suppressed with a more conservative running mate like Mitt Romney or a string of others.

McCain’s strength is his media backing, that’s it. He’s no “star” in the Republican Party like many make him out to be. He’s a star in the media for being a “maverick”. He’ll undoubtedly run but it will be a 2000 race all over again in my opinion. The wildcards which may hinder Giuliani’s run could be the “dark horse” candidates like Romney, Frist (yeah right), Santorum (too young?), Pataki (not a chance), or Tancredo (let’s hope).