The Rudy Calculus

We have now reached the point when it is considered non-news each time another poll is trotted out that shows Governor David Paterson trailing by more than 40 points in a prospective Democratic primary match-up with Andrew Cuomo.   Still, the Quinnipiac University survey released on Wednesday, which contained the obligatory Paterson-Cuomo questions (they measured the gap at 45 points, for the record), did produce a surprising finding: Rudy Giuliani now only trails Cuomo by six points in a prospective general election match-up, 47 to 41 percent.   That would seem to represent significant progress for the former mayor and presidential aspirant, who has generally lagged between 15 and 20 points behind Cuomo.

The Rudy Calculus