Is Rudy the "Security" Candidate?

Posted: Mar 27, 2007 4:31 PM

According to conventional wisdom, Rudy Giuliani leads most national polls (for the GOP nomination) precisely because Americans view him as the best candidate to keep us safe and secure.  But his campaign continues to do things that could ultimately undermine his terrific image and positioning:

Back in January, a 140-page document outlining Giuliani's presidential campaign strategy was either lost or pilfered.

And today, the AP reported that Rudy's website had, "... a dangerous design flaw that could have allowed hackers to expose personal information submitted by volunteers." (In a related story, John McCain's MySpace page was also hacked -- although it apparently did not pose any security concerns for users).

So why is this important?  Isn't this petty? 

If the way one conducts a political campaign can be seen as a microcosm for how one might govern, Rudy's inability to secure information (both physically and electronically), should be concerning.

It is hard to imagine a more important task for a president than the ability to keep secret plans secret.