Archive for April, 2007

Fred Thompson Alludes to Need for Giuliani

April 30, 2007

UPDATE: WA for Rudy here.  This is officially our 100th post!!!  Congrats to Ohio for Rudy! 

…or so it seemed to me.  As the Cinderella story unfolds, Thompson comments, “Ronald Reagan believed in something. How much we need that today. He showed what can be done if you have the will to push for tough choices, and the ability to ask the people to accept them.”

Are we to believe that a man with no executive experience is the man with that will and ability?  Who embodies the ‘will to push for tough choices’ and ‘the ability to ask the people to accept them’ more than Rudy Giuliani?

Fred Thompson may prove to be a solid candidate, but the comparisons to Reagan are a bit much.  Yes, Reagan was an actor before running for the presidency, but he was also the governor of an enormous and tremendously diverse state.  He was more than a party operative.  He had more than a strong jaw and commanding voice.  He was a proven leader.  Rudy Giuliani is a proven leader.

When the clock strikes midnight, Rudy will still be there, ready to lead.

Rudy Calls Out Dems On Healthcare

April 29, 2007

Giuliani Sees Socialism in Democrats’ Plans, Washington Post, April 28, 2007.

Former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani pulled out the S-word to criticize universal-health-care plans advocated by Democratic presidential candidates.

The Republican hopeful said in a visit to Raleigh, N.C., that Democrats who urged “mandatory” universal health care at a debate Thursday night were “moving toward socialized medicine so fast, it’ll make your head spin,” according to the Associated Press.

Giuliani instead advocated for a private solution. “When we want to cover poor people, as we should, we give them vouchers,” he said.

PA, FL, and OH Groove on Giuliani

April 27, 2007

I have posted at a bit more length about this recent Quinnipiac poll here.

The upshot is awesome for Giuliani, though.  Fred Thompson has pretty much been making all the appearances of running for a month now, but he appears to be doing little to erode Hizzoner’s support among Republicans.

Furthermore, in Pennsylvania, Florida, and Ohio Giuliani is the only potential GOP nominee who handles all potential democrat nominees.

As I’ve noted elsewhere, political pundits would do well to speak to some actual voters, and think about where Giuliani actually stands on certain issues, before coming up with opinions like “Giuliani is too liberal for the GOP base” or “If Fred Thompson enters the race he will take away a lot of Giuliani’s support.”

Seriously, something tells me a pundit could make a lot of money seeming like the sage of middle America if he or she just lived somewhere besides New York, DC, or Los Angeles.

Keith Olbermann Goes Off the Deep End, Again

April 26, 2007

UPDATE III: Blogger News Network gives a good roundup of the news coverage over Rudy’s purported “9-11” comments.  BNN also makes the case that Rudy might not have actually said what so many Democrats have rebuked him for. 

UPDATE II: Thanks for the link Olbermannwatch.com

UPDATE: PJM has links and commentary on the crux of Rudy’s argument: namely that the nation would be safer with a Republican in the White House.

Don’t watch this if listening to the tinfoil hat brigade leader, Keith Olbermann, makes you sick to your stomach. He’s really outdone himself with this long winded tirade against Rudy, and the GOP.

Olbermann’s comments sound like something off a MoveOn.org “truth sheet.” He might think he’s excoriating Rudy in this “cat in a stovepipe hat” riddle session, but he’s really just proving how much of a ranting Dhimmicrat fool he is. Well, that, and how terrible he sounds as he works himself into a spitting rage.

UPDATE: A reader emails that Olbermann’s ravings sound much like those of discredited 9/11 “Truther” Ward Churchill. What do you think?

The Run on Thompson Futures Does Little to Erode Giuliani’s Support

April 25, 2007

It can be difficult properly citing things here in the blogosphere.  This is from MSNBC’s “First Read” via the Hotline via NRO:

The newest Wall Street Journal / NBC national poll shows Giuliani still leading the pack, even during the Spring of Fred Thompson.  You’ll recall conventional wisdom– the same conventional wisdom that says social conservatives don’t really know the Mayor and will not like him when they learn– says Fred Thompson will seriously erode Rudy Giuliani’s support.

Well, Giuliani still stomps the field with 33%, to McCain’s 22%.  Thompson comes in third at 17%, and Romney is consistent if nothing else, falling last again amongst frontrunners with 12%.

A similar poll in March had Giuliani at 37%.  So he’s declined 4 points during the month Fred Thompson has been pitching more woo than a frat boy at a kegger.  Has any one else noticed he has a national op-ed every freaking day?  Four points, I would suspect, is pretty close to the margin of error.

So yet again it looks likes conventional wisdom is right about as often as phrenology.

Values Voters for Rudy…

April 24, 2007

And therein lies a startling aspect of Giuliani’s candidacy: Nationwide, he is the No. 1 choice of white conservative Christians for the Republican nomination. A Times poll this month found 26% of them favor Giuliani — more than double the portion supporting either of his top rivals, John McCain or Mitt Romney.

  – see this article from the LA Times

NRO on Rudy’s Enviro Record

April 23, 2007

My friend Deroy Murdock has an in-depth lookat Rudy’s record on the environment up at National Review Online.  His conclusion: Rudy has impeccably conservative credentials on the environment.

PA Leadership Conference Straw Poll; Gingrich Remarks

April 22, 2007

Just got back from the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference, and I have some posts about it up at PA For Hizzoner.

Some background will be necessary to put those posts in context for those unfamiliar with PA politics.  In our Commonwealth conservative activists are very dissatisfied by the state GOP leadership.  So at the PALC, moreso than in similar ones in other states, insiders are thin on the ground.  There are also marginally more Blue Dog Democrats there than at similar confabs.  Make no mistake, though:  This is where traditional conservative activists conspire in our state.  The raison d’être there, though, is as much to sack bad Republicans as it is to defeat Democrats.

So, keeping this in mind, Giuliani’s showing in the straw poll is great.  In this group Republicans who have had the luxury of NOT having had to accept any endorsements yet from the PA GOP machine showed very well.  Here are the figures for the top four, from memory, so I may be off a point or two here.

1)  Fred Thompson:  35%

2) Giuliani and Newt: 16%

4)  Romney:  12%

Keep in mind that Newt was a speaker here.  So if you take out the votes of those literally in his employ, Rudy is sole possession of the second slot.  McCain scored only a point or two, losing to the Huckabees and Hunters of the world.  I think he was tied with Ron Paul.  McCain, you may be interested to know, seems to be the favored candidate of the state GOP machine.

The other development of note, as far as I was concerned:  Newt’s talk would have needed very little revision to read as a Giuliani endorsement.  I’m not implying that’s what he meant.  I’m just saying it was so.

Personally, I think Thompson won’t ultimately hurt Giuliani all that much.  People are bound to eventually realize that Thompson may have played a tough DA on TV, but Hizzoner actually WAS that guy.

Rudy’s fundraising: A Closer Look

April 20, 2007

At the end of the first quarter, Rudy

  • raised $14.8 million
  • had $11 million in cash on hand
  • held 36 fundraising events in the month of March
  • received money from 28, 300 individual contributors
  • only spent $5.7 million (less than half of what Romney spent)
  • New York, California, and Texas were all major sources of Rudy’s campaign contributions (all 3 states carry a lot of votes and influence in the super tuesday primaries next year)
  • Average contribution: $492

And here’s the really interesting piece of info:

  • 64% of Rudy’s contributions were under $100

This fact just confirms that Giuliani enjoys broad support among the electorate and has energized the grassroots.  Average, hardworking Americans are looking for a candidate in ‘08 they can trust and this early on, they’re voting with their pocketbooks.

Texas A Cash Cow for Rudy

April 18, 2007

The Dallas Morning News reported on Monday that Rudy has raised $2.2 million in the Lone Star state.

Mr. Giuliani benefited from being a name partner at the Houston law firm Bracewell and Giuliani (whose Texas partners gave $47,000) as well as having one-time Texas Republican moneyman Roy Bailey as his national finance chief.

As a result, he raised as much in Texas as his GOP competitors combined.

“Rudy had a great team,” said Dallas businessman and long-time Republican Richard Collins. “They got motivated and decided they were going to take charge and it shows in their success.”