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Newsflash: Giuliani's Opponents Oppose Giuliani

2:39 PM, Nov 19, 2007 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
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This Reuters dispatch is easily the silliest thing I've read in a while. It's headlined "Giuliani Style Evokes Concern Among Critics." Um, wouldn't the story be worth reporting if Giuliani's style didn't provoke concern among critics? Aren't critics supposed to be concerned with those whom they are concerned about? And you've got to love this piece of shoe-leather reporting:

Type the word 'scary' and names of Republican candidates for president into a leading database of articles. The name of the former New York mayor will get the most hits.

Now that's some rigorous analysis. If Google says it, it must be true. We're supposed to take this seriously?

Fred Barnes has a rule of politics: The press falls in love with one candidate every cycle, and that candidate usually loses. Giuliani doesn't have to worry about being the candidate with whom the press falls in love.