Why Is Rudy Smiling?

Sure he's a misfit in the G.O.P. But he has been preaching his own special gospel of success, and so far, it's working

Joe Pugliese for TIME

Rudy Giuliani

Yes, the political rule book says a pro-choice former New York City mayor married to wife No. 3 cannot possibly win the Republican presidential nomination — not as long as the G.O.P. remains the preferred party of small towns and social conservatives.

However, the political rule book has been stuffed into a shredder this year. Come summer of 2008, one or both parties will likely fire it from a confetti gun. A million fluttery pieces of conventional wisdom will swirl around a nominee or nominees once thought to be impossible: a woman, a black man, a guy in...

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