It was like a flashback to three decades ago when I read that Sen. Kit Bond had endorsed former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani for president.
It remains to be seen whether Missourians will go along with that choice, or if they will go the way of Gov. Matt Blunt and Sen. Gary Nodler and support former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, or Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, who is supporting former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, or the growing number who are backing former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (or even some other candidate). One thing that does seem obvious is that Guiliani's views on many social issues and his well-documented behavior in his personal life seem out of touch with views expressed by state Republicans in the past.
However, Kit Bond has never been one to along with the crowd. One of the turning points of his career came in the mid-70s when he bucked the majority of state Republicans, who were backing the insurgent candidacy of Ronald Reagan, and supported Gerald Ford for president. That decision cost Bond the governor's mansion, when he was defeated by Joe Teasdale. Of course, Bond defeated Teasdale four years later and has not lost an election since.
Bond will be one of four national co-chairmen of the Giuliani campaign:
"Rudy Giuliani has shown his leadership," Bond said. "He is an accomplished executive. And in these difficult times, we need somebody who knows how to manage a large organization like New York City. He has the right vision for America."