In an interview with me yesterday, John Podhoretz mounts the best defense that Rudy has: That was then. This is now. The problem has grown much worse:
[L]ook, basically, the situation is when he said whatever it was that he said that people don’t like about illegals, it was 1995, 1996, something like that. I mean, you know, the influx of 12 million had not yet happened. So to be fair, these are different times. Different opinions can be expressed in different times. And also, if, as you’re saying about Romney and abortion, the facts on the ground change, and a candidate decides that it is in his interest to move toward a place where the popular opinion of his party has gone, that is the nature of representative democracy.
J-Pod, author of Can She Be Stopped?, also gave Hillary’s “invisible” ad very high marks:
JP: I think this is a great commercial. I mean, I think everything she’s saying is balderdash, but I mean, that is a commercial that precisely and perfectly appeals to the people that she needs to be enthusiastic about her in January in Iowa. And remember…
HH: You’re right. They’re victims, the victim class.
JP: And remember, the thing about Hillary is if she wins Iowa, it’s over.