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Giuliani: Why Are You Asking Me About Policy? I’m Just Running For President!

Iraq may get better; Iraq may get worse. We may be successful in Iraq; we may not be. I don’t know the answer to that. That’s in the hands of other people. But what we do know for sure is the terrorists are going to be at war with us a year, a year and a half from now. ~Rudy Giuliani

Via Yglesias

So apparently he thinks that, whatever happens, the next President will not have to worry about Iraq at all.  

Giuliani seems interested in testing the limits of the generally true proposition that voters choose candidates based on personality and identity politics rather than in actual policy positions.  He seems so convinced of the truth of this proposition that he has decided not to have any policy positions.  It’s a bold (read stupid) move.  Let’s see how that works out for him.

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Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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