The highlight of Novak's column today -- his recognition of how well Rudy played the MoveOn/Petraeus conflict:
Rudy Giuliani scored a hit with conservative activists by getting ahead of his Republican presidential competitors in blasting Sen. Hillary Clinton for not denouncing MoveOn.org's attack on Gen. David Petraeus.
Giuliani caught the spirit of Republican rage over the left-wing MoveOn.org's full-page ad in The New York Times. On the day Petraeus presented his report on Iraq, the ad demeaned him as "General Betray Us." Giuliani asked: "Who should America listen to -- a decorated soldier's commitment to defending America, or Hillary Clinton's commitment to defending MoveOn.org?"
Washington-based conservatives this week voiced approval that Giuliani was hitting Clinton instead of other Republican presidential hopefuls.
If the nomination went to the candidate who demonstrated the most tactical shrewdness, it would probably be Giuliani. From his debate slam against Ron Paul for supposedly suggesting that the US brought on the 9/11 attacks, to the request to the NYTimes for discounted ad rates, to his critique of Hillary for not standing up to MoveOn, Giuliani has been very good at seeing opportunities and taking advantage of them.