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“The Mayor Who Should Be President”

May 18, 2007

Interesting editorial from today’s Boston Herald:

It Was Rudy In A Runaway: The Mayor Who Should Be President
Boston Herald

By Michael Graham

May 17, 2007

[L]istening to Texas Rep. Ron Paul … legitimize the 9/11 attacks as the rational, anticipatable reaction to America’s foreign policy, Rudy Giuliani delivered the smackdown Americans wanted to hear:

“That’s an extraordinary statement, as someone who lived through the attack of Sept. 11, that we invited the attack because we were attacking Iraq. I don’t think I’ve heard that before, and I’ve heard some pretty absurd explanations for Sept. 11.”

It was the mayor’s moment, and he seized it. It wasn’t that Giuliani said anything the other candidates didn’t also believe, but it highlighted that he is the right person to say it. … it looked really, really good.

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Re. The Debate

May 7, 2007

I didn’t get a chance to watch it, as I was too tired from fishing on Thursday morning.  Besides, I elect to not let cable television into my house.  I’ve seen the allegedly mishandled abortion questions, though, and I don’t think it was mishandled at all.

Giuliani was a pro-choice Mayor of New York City.  There’s no getting around it.  What pundits accuse him of is hemming and hawing on the abortion issue.  They are wrong.  He is being entirely consistent, and avoiding appearing as a flip-flopper.  Most importantly, he is expressing a strong Federalist agenda while simultaneously acknowledging that if the Supreme Court overturns Roe the country would have to deal with it.  That is a bald challenge to pro-choicers, as it is far more likely a court with another Roberts or Alito on it would overturn Roe than support it.

Importantly, during the debate Brownback– a man with impeccable social conservative street cred– said he would be comfortable supporting Giuliani.  We’ve heard similar things recently from Tancredo.

I do agree Giuliani could stand to be a little more feisty.  Part of his appeal, to paraphrase John Derbyshire, is he may be an SOB, but he would be our SOB, working for us.  People may want to see a little more of that back alley scrapper that broke the mob.

Personally, I think the whole abortion thing is a red herring.  Hizzoner should master his answers on the issue so he can make his state’s rights case more succinctly, then move on.  We know everything there is to know.  Personally opposed, but not going to lead the charge to ban abortion in San Francisco.  Will appoint strict constructionists to the bench.  There’s really no more to say.

What he should be concentrating on instead is coming up with a comprehensive and detailed plan for the War on Terror to provide specifics to buttress his natural strength there.  On the social specifics he should just have about 12 different versions of an answer that says “That’s between you and your local legislators as far as I’m concerned.  Call them.  I am running to be Commander in Chief of the whole nation.  Here is what I will do to help protect the Republic so in the future your local legislators can do their jobs without having to consult Sharia law.”

The Debate

May 5, 2007

So a lot of pundits were eager to call the debate last night.  I think in the rush to do that, they took Rudy’s performance and wove it into a zero-sum narrative.

Sure, the Mayor might not have been on top of his game, but it’s not like he imploded either.  Romney, Huckabee, and McCain all had pretty good nights.  In fact, I think McCain’s comments about OBL “to the gates of hell” really stole the show.

I can definitely see how some “social issues conservatives” might have been turned off.  Rudy needed to give definitive answers, instead he left the door open on things like Roe v. Wade, and elsewhere.

Then again, I might be biased.  What do you think?  What could the Mayor improve on?  What was strong/weak about his performance?

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?