Rudy Giuliani can rejoice in a little bit of revenge.
When Mr. Giuliani was running for president in 2008, he thought he had the support of Florida Governor Charlie Crist. Mr. Giuliani, as you might recall, was counting on a strong showing in Florida to boost his flagging campaign, and thought Mr. Crist’s endorsement would be a shot in the arm. But the endorsement never came; Mr. Crist elected to stay neutral for most of the race, before endorsing John McCain just before the primary.
So, a few weeks ago, Mr. Giuliani endorsed Mr. Crist’s Republican rival for a Senate seat–upstart Marco Rubio–saying it went beyond “whether Charlie Crist broke his word with me on several occasions; he did–that’s the reality, that’s the truth–he did break his word.” Clearly, the snub had not been forgotten.
There are, of course, plenty of other factors for why Mr. Crist is trailing by 30 points in the polls. But still, it must please Mr. Giuliani at least a little that Mr. Crist has called an afternoon press conference, where he’s expected to bolt the party and give it a go as an independent.