Look, this inside-outside Washington debate is a diversion. I would support an inside the beltway conservative over an outside the beltway liberal every time. And by the way, Giluliani brags a lot about his time at Justice and advising Ronald Reagan on judicial appointments (which he didn’t, by the way, as I was involved in that process). He apparently spent some quality time inside the beltway. As for lobbying, that isn’t a distinguishing characteristic between Thompson and Giuliani as they have both been paid lobbyists. If we want to talk about personal flaws, we can do that. If we want to talk about polls, that’s fine. I am more than happy to defend Fred Thompson, or criticize him, based on any or all of this. I stipulated on McCain-Feingold, but Rudy’s weakness on four of the amendments to the Constitution, among other provisions, was not countered. And I could add Kyoto and illegal immigration. But I digress. Back to the point of my post. Will is applying a standard to Thompson that Giuliani flunks. I didn’t question his motives, because I don’t know what they are. As for Bob Novak, for all I know he felt snubbed because Thompson didn’t return a call. But who knows – or cares.