As was the plan even before Rudy Giuliani's Florida firewall turned to ash, the former mayor will board a plane to California Wednesday morning.
But, sources told ABC News, once there, instead of participating in the Republican debate, he will drop out of the presidential race and endorse Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
While I was fairly sure that Rudy wasn't going to make it, the nagging possibility of him actually becoming nominee, and more horrifyingly, President, did give me a few bad moments. With Giuliani as President, we could pretty much have kissed the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments goodbye. The man makes George Dubbya Bush look like a civil libertarian.
So bye bye to Rudy, the man who wanted to do for America what his NYPD did for Abner Louima.
UPDATE: Great headline in the Huffington Post: