The fact that the press is even buying into Rudy’s “Florida Strategy” is unbelievable.

Have we looked at his “performance” so far? He has spent millions in the early states, campaigned in them, been before the voters for a year and just how has he done?

Here is how he has placed: sixth in Iowa, fourth in New Hampshire, sixth in Michigan, sixth in Nevada and sixth in South Carolina. I totaled up the percentage of the vote he was able to garner in these five states — a grand total of 18.9 percent (respectively, 3.5, 8.5, 2.8, 4 and 2.1 percent). Ron Paul has beaten the pants off Rudy Giuliani, let alone McCain, Huckabee, Romney, even Thompson.

His national numbers have plummeted in the polls. His negatives have skyrocketed.

So why is Florida such a big deal? And why have we basically ignored his dismal performance so far? Hard to fathom, but this is important because the press and pundits say it is important. Or is it?

What is it about a Florida win that will catapult Rudy into Super Tuesday? Even if he squeezes out a narrow victory, he has tanked so badly in other states that I question whether he should even be taken seriously.

As many of us said earlier in the year, Rudy Giuliani peaked the day he announced. As Joe Biden said, all he had was a noun, a verb and 9/11 in every sentence. Now he’s an expert on the economy? I don’t think so.

Isn’t it time Rudy was held up to the same standards as the other candidates — when you lose, you lose, and in his case, when you lose big, you really lose big.

It is time to say bye-bye to Rudy G.