Archive for the ‘9/11’ Category

NH Manchester Union-Leader’s Pro-Rudy Editorial

August 1, 2007

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.”

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Attack Ad from NY Firefighters Snipes at Rudy

July 12, 2007

From the NYT’s Caucus Blog.  I’ve heard this “9/11 profiteer” meme–and hey, Rudy did make some bucks by doing a few motivational speeches, but to claim Rudy mis-managed the 9/11 response is just plain ludicrous.

Pajamas Media On Rudy’s 9/11 Narrative

June 23, 2007

Much in the same vein of this Rolling Stone article I highlighted, a recent Pajamas Media blogger noted that Rudy may face the long knives from those on the Left when it comes to 9/11. While on the same topic, this Pajamas Media article is definitely much more objective, and looks at the real or imagnined weaknesses and blind spots that Team Rudy should be looking to shore up.

As the Mayor who brought New York, and some would indeed argue the nation, through 9/11, is all of this criticism fair? Or should I say, fair game? I don’t think so–but I’m curious to hear what others think. I could certainly see this develop as the counter-narrative to Giuliani.

Rolling Stone Article Blasts Rudy as “George Bush III”

June 11, 2007

I happened to pick up a copy of Rolling Stone magazine this week, and read the marquee article, “Giuliani: Worse Than Bush.”  One of the more venomous hit-pieces out there to be sure.  Read & discuss.