We all know in our hearts why Rudy lost. Consider:
Republicans admire and respect WORK; Dhimms admire sloth/welfare. Republicans despise sloth.
Republicans value a full, vigorous fight; Dhimms admire cleverness and shortcuts.
Republicans appreciate fairness; Dhimms hate fairness, and bend or run over the rules whenever they can.
Rudy openly wrote off THE FIRST FIVE STATES, because...well, because he COULD. And it would be to his TACTICAL ADVANTAGE.
I'm not a golfer, but I know what a mulligan is. Almost no-one has a problem with someone taking a mulligan in a friendly game. But imagine a bunch of Republicans were watching a big golf tournament, and one of the golfers declared he'd found a way to win by taking a mulligan on each of the first 5 holes...How would those Republican spectators feel about the "brilliant" strategy?
Republicans all honor "the man in the arena," as TR called him. Rudy's plan was to let the other men bloody each other in the arena for 5 fights, then charge in and slay the exhausted battlers. His plan was anathema to Republican sensibilities, hence his campaign's implosion. C'est tout.