Rudy's problem in 2008 was that he placed himself above the Republican Primary electorate. He thought that as "America's mayor", he was going to tell us what was important and how we were going to decide who to vote for.
I’ve got to to think Grudy’s worst blunder, one of astoundingly colossal proportions was his bizarre, mentally deranged request to allow him to stay on as Mayor beyond his term, in the second of the two-termed limitation, in effect suspending the city’s electoral process, nullify its charter, to have him carry on in some arch-angel capacity, too fascistic for most of us.
That's because America is not New York City. They might have voted for him, but we didn't.