NH Manchester Union-Leader’s Pro-Rudy Editorial


Well, look at this.  As soon as other candidates [ahem, Rudy Giuliani] start dumping resources into IA and NH at even a fraction of the pace of Mitt Romney has been burning bonfires of venture capital cash, the Mittster’s lead is revealed as thin at best.

I thought it was Giuliani who was supposed to have fickle and ill-informed supporters?  MSM pundits stunned again, Bloggers for Rudy grow bored with their predictable failures.

Now, on the heels of those polls the influential Manchester Union Leader writes:

Giuliani wants to use the power of free markets to reduce health-care costs and make insurance more affordable and more widely available.

“America’s health-care system is being dragged down by decades of government-imposed mandates and wasteful, unaccountable bureaucracy,” he said. “To reform, we must empower all Americans by increasing health-care choices and affordability, while bringing accountability to the system.”

Giuliani’s health care proposal has some familiar ideas, such as expanding Health Savings Accounts, reforming medical liability laws and offering a tax credit for health insurance not purchased through an employer. Each of these sound ideas has been pushed by the Bush administration.

It also has some less familiar ones, such as bypassing state coverage mandates by allowing people to purchase basic health insurance through interstate markets.

Giuliani’s plan is innovative and, if implemented, would achieve much of what the Democrats want, but for less money and with greater individual freedom.

It should be noted that he is not the only Republican candidate touting market-based health-care reform. But he is doing so more aggressively, directly challenging the Democrats on the issue. (Mitt Romney has done this to a lesser extent.)

Other Republican candidates need to follow Giuliani’s lead and play up their market-based approach to health-care reform. Socialized medicine is a terrible idea. But it will be the only idea if its opponents don’t challenge it more aggressively.

Pundits keep saying things like “All Rudy has is 9/11”, “Giuliani’s appeal is largely based on name-recognition and will dissipate”, and “National polls are meaningless, what is really significant is that Romney leads in IA and NH, and McCain in SC.”

They’re like some of the marketing people I work with.  They keep making judgements with their guts and don’t seek out– or ignore– outright data.  All the data available to us is that Americans love Giuliani, and his positions most closely match those of the voters.  I guess mundane things like facts are irrelevant to them, and I should craft a macro that writes out “MSM wrong again.”


One Response to “NH Manchester Union-Leader’s Pro-Rudy Editorial”

  1. LUTHER C. HARDY Says:

    Dear Karlub:

    Once again you and I are completely in sync! Below is a RudyGram I sent to my RudyGroup just yesterday! The article to which I refer is a piece entitled “Elite Media Fears Giuliani as GOP Nominee” written by a Russ Smith. It appeared on RealClearPolitics this past Tuesday, 31 July 2007. Because of space considerations, and because I don’t like Mr. Smith’s attitude, I won’t reproduce it here. Nevertheless, I think you’ll get the idea. In any event, if you do want to read it, you can find it in the RCP archive (http://www.realclearpolitics.com/).


    Mes Confrères:

    In the article below, the author displays — indeed, even admits — a bias against Rudy, at once supercilious and precious, to the point where I would like to strangle him. Well then, you ask, why do I send it to you? The reason is summed up in the article’s concluding sentence:

    “In reading both the Harper’s and Rolling Stone exercises in revisionist paranoia, however, it’s clear that Bush-despisers are petrified that Giuliani might be the GOP nominee a year from now.”

    Read the whole article; forewarned with knowledge of the author’s own bias, you won’t be disappointed. Though one may question the author’s lumping together of Rolling Stone and Harper’s as fellow members of the “elite media” — he also refers to tem as “left-wing magazines” — he nevertheless uses pieces from those two organs to make exceedingly well his ultimate point.

    As long-time readers of my RudyGrams know, this is a tub I have thumped since no later than April, 2006, and the fear and loathing of Rudy by the Liberal/Elite Media, and indeed Liberals in general, is a phenomenon I have commented upon since no later than Hizzoner’s 1993 campaign for Mayor. It has reached something of a fever pitch, however, since Rudy became America’s Mayor and it became clear that he has a real shot at the White House.

    Indeed, as I have demonstrated many times with distributions and commentary to this RudyGroup, the point that such palpable fear exists can be made just as effectively through examples from the “real Liberal/Elite Media”, e.g., The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, CBS News, NBC News, etc., etc., etc. These news organs do, however, express their biases with far more class, and far more subtlety, than does Rolling Stone. Not only does the fear exist, but it affects blatantly the ostensibly “neutral” assessments of, and predictions for, the 2008 race for the White House and Rudy’s campaign by reporters and commentators from these organs.

    Please forgive me for flogging it yet again, but here it is: The Liberal Media, and Liberals in general, fear Rudy with a primordial fear in the pit of their collective stomach because they know — know even beyond verbal expression, they know — that President Giuliani will do to them on a national scale just what Mayor Giuliani did to their fellow travelers in New York. President Giuliani will give the lie — in a way so obvious as to be undeniable — to everything they stand for. He will do just the opposite of what they advocate, and he will make it work — just like he did in New York!

    My ultimate conclusion: Run Rudy Run!

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