The Politico has something interesting:
Sensing weakness, Sen. John McCain and Rudy Giuliani have formed an unspoken alliance to try to torpedo Mitt Romney just as many voters are tuning in to the Republican presidential race.
â€œI’m not going to con you,â€ McCain said Monday on ABCâ€™s â€œGood Morning Americaâ€ when asked about Romney. â€œItâ€™s important to be honest with people.â€
The two are teaming up at a time when the heat is escalating in both nominating contests. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) started attacking Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) by name last week after resisting for months in the service of his â€œnew kind of politics.â€
On the Republican side, Romney must figure out how to retain his strength in Iowa and New Hampshire now that loyal Republicans are hearing a lot more about him than the soothing messages they were getting from his heavy schedule of television commercials.
I don’t know who this would hurt more, Romney or Giuliani? Seriously, McCain is not in the best graces with many Republican voters, I don’t see how this kind of alliance is good for Giuliani. I also can’t see how this will really hurt Romney.
Romney aides see they are facing a fight and are pushing back hard. Kevin Madden, Romneyâ€™s national press secretary, said: â€œOther campaigns will flail about and try and attempt to launch angry attacks on us, and weâ€™re prepared for that.â€
â€œAngryâ€ is aimed at one of Giulianiâ€™s big vulnerabilities â€“ his volatile temperament and the mixed view that New Yorkers had of him when he was mayor. The Romney campaign plans to push that idea â€“ at first subtly and perhaps later overtly â€“ in coming days.
Giuliani and his campaign moved ruthlessly to capitalize on Romneyâ€™s statement in last weekâ€™s debate that a president should â€œsit down with your attorneysâ€ in deciding whether congressional authorization was needed to strike Iran.
What this does tell me is that all three campaigns are discounting Fred Thompson. Could this create a window where Thompson grows stronger as Giuliani, Romney, and McCain are all embroiled with each other? Anything’s possible and this is starting to get interesting. McCain is a desperate man in my opinion, he’s got nothing to lose at this point by secretly partnering with Rudy hoping for the eventual VP slot.
I have Romney’s interview with Neil Cavuto on the new FOX Business Network, I’m working on getting it uploaded shortly.