IN THE SUMMER of 2004, when the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attacked John Kerry with a series of ads challenging his service in Vietnam, the hapless candidate had a defender across the aisle: John McCain. Shortly after the ads hit the airwaves, the Arizona senator called the smear campaign “dishonest and dishonorable” and urged President Bush to condemn it.
Are we heading toward a Newt-Rudy alliance? Last week I noted the op-ed Giuliani and Gingrich co-wrote for the Wall Street Journal. Now I see that Giuliani has signed up former Iowa Congressman Jim Nussle as a campaign adviser. Nussle had a bunch of Republican presidential wannabes--including Gingrich, Giuliani, and McCain--come through Iowa last year to stump for him in his ill-fated gubernatorial campaign; but he's said to be particularly close to Gingrich.