American politics

Pundits think Rudy Giuliani's cross-dressing, gay-roommating, Planned Parenthood-donating past will doom his presidential campaign. But is he pointing toward the future of the Republican Party? How America's mayor scrapped his way to the top of the least popular fraternity on his college campus: An excerpt from America's Mayor, America's President? The Strange Career of Rudy Giuliani. Mr. Home-Wrecker Goes to Washington: Why shouldn't we judge Rudy by his disastrous home life? Six years ago, Judi Giuliani was the other woman. Today, she’s the ostentatiously adoring wife of the front-runner for the Republican nomination. The Yankees' Clean-Up Man: Rudy went to bat for the Yanks, and look what he scored.

Bill Keller on how a vote for Mitt Romney is a vote for Satan. Pulp affection: What Romney's taste for science fiction really means. David Frum has some advice for three leading Republicans. Why rank-and-file Republicans might opt to send a protest message by throwing the '08 fight with a statement candidate. From MySpace to NoSpace: For Republicans, campaigning on the Web hasn’t leveled the 2008 playing field.

Welcome to the age of YouTube politics, where everything you have ever said will be used against you. MySpace Gets Political: Global Empire to host presidential town hall sessions. Here are ideas for improving the presidential debates, but what's wrong with a clutter of candidates? The case for 10-man presidential debates. Michael Bloomberg has fueled speculation that he will run for president by sharpening his national profile and delivering speeches across the country. Let’s face it: This country needs a president. And only one man is fit for the job: Stephen Colbert.

An interview with Frank Rich on the culture of politics. The Matt Drudge primary: How professional political operatives secretly control the news you read about the 2008 campaign. Hint: It involves the Drudge Report.

From NYRB, How Democrats Should Talk: Michael Tomasky on The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to Katrina; Words That Work: It's Not What You Say, It's What People Hear; and The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation. A review of Talking Right and George Lakoff's Whose Freedom: The Battle over America’s Most Important Idea. More on The Thumpin': How Rahm Emanuel and the Democrats Learned to Be Ruthless and Ended the Republican Revolution

From Radar, running wild with Mike Gravel: A long-shot candidate has his media moment (and an interview). From The Black Commentator, here are questions for Candidate Obama. From Bloomberg, a look at how Obama's economic brain trust breaks with the status quo. Clay Risen on Barack Obama, hedge-fund candidate. Obama is the only who isn't being forced to spend vast amounts of time and energy these days trying to convince voters of his authenticity.

Senator Clinton’s Strategist in Chief: Bill Clinton is the master strategist behind his wife’s candidacy, but there are potential pitfalls. How can Hillary maintain her populist credentials when Mark Penn, her chief pollster and campaign strategist, also represents the interests of some of America's largest corporations? Bruce Bartlett on conservatives for Hillary (and more) and a look at the problem with Bruce Bartlett's conservative case for the Democrats. And strange but true: Social conservatives prefer Clinton to Romney