Rudy’s Coup

Giuliani caught the spirit of Republican rage over the left-wing’s full-page ad in The New York Times. On the day Petraeus presented his report on Iraq, the ad demeaned him as “General Betray Us.” Giuliani asked: “Who should America listen to — a decorated soldier’s commitment to defending America, or Hillary Clinton’s commitment to defending”

Washington-based conservatives this week voiced approval that Giuliani was hitting Clinton instead of other Republican presidential hopefuls.

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A prominent Democrat attended the Washington fundraising reception in the downtown Sofitel hotel last week for Mississippi Republican Gov. Haley Barbour’s re-election campaign: super-lobbyist Tommy Boggs.

Barbour, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee and White House political aide, is a national figure in the GOP. Boggs, both of whose parents were Democratic House members from Louisiana, is a major contributor and fundraiser for his party.

Robert Novak