Ed Koch, the pugnacious former New York City mayor whose political imprimatur was eagerly sought by Republicans and Democrats alike, has died.
In October, introducing Rudy Giuliani before the Republican Jewish Coalition, philanthropist Sheldon Adelson said of the former New York City mayor, "Time after time Mayor Giuliani not only said the right things about Israel, which is easy to do, but he took the right actions as well."
Expand that beyond Israel and Mr. Adelson has quite effectively outlined the driving rationale behind Rudy Giuliani's bid for the presidency: Other candidates might say the right things, but Rudy actually does them. And he has for years.
U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Rudy Giuliani come in first and second in approval ratings in a poll of American Jews.
Each of the leading GOP presidential candidates to some degree has run away from the Bush legacy. But this week they made their case before one of the president's most loyal constituencies: Republican Jews.
With California's early primary bringing unusual recognition to the Golden State, the Republican candidates are heading out West. They met in debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley on May 3. Do these Republicans have a shot at winning Jewish voters over in 2008?