White House quaking over another White House bid by Rudy the adulterer

It is not April 1. This is real:

The hosts of Fox News’ Fox & Friends have offered up a theory as to why the White House got personally involved in the New York governor’s race and asked Gov. David Paterson not to run again: They believe he would be vulnerable to a challenge by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and a gubernatorial win by Giuliani would set the Republican up for a White House challenge in 2012.

“When you put the name Rudy Giuliani in the mix, you wonder if that’s exactly what they’re worried about,” co-host Gretchen Carlson said. “Because if Giuliani were to run he probably would win a this point, and then that would launch potentially another presidential bid by Rudy Giuliani.”

The New York Times reported Sunday that the White House had asked Paterson, through an intermediary, not to run for re-election. Paterson, who became governor of New York last year after then-Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned in a sex scandal, recently garnered a 21-percent approval rating from New Yorkers.

The same poll showed that, in a theoretical match-up, Giuliani would take 60 percent of the vote to Paterson’s 34 percent. However, the poll also shows that New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, would beat Giuliani 53 percent to 43 percent. Sixty-seven percent of respondents wanted Cuomo to run, compared to 58 percent for Giuliani.

Carlson also echoed a talking point from GOP Chairman Michael Steele, who on Sunday questioned why the White House would get involved in the New York race when Democratic New Jersey Governor John Corzine’s “numbers are about the same” as Paterson’s.

However, Corzine doesn’t seem to be polling quite as badly as Paterson — recent polls show him at around 30 percent, trailing Republican challenger Chris Christie by nine points.

Near the conclusion of the segment, co-host Steve Doocy exclaimed: “They picked a governor. They have essentially picked the next governor of New York, this White House has.

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