Archive for the ‘Quotable’ Category

Romney Vexes Me

September 24, 2007

The other day the Mittster said something along the lines of “a necessary ingredient” for a GOP candidate to beat Ms. Clinton is to be able to “bring all their family together as I have to get on the campaign trail.”

First, the statement is incoherent on its face.  It just doesn’t make any logical sense.

Second, one finds it hard to imagine anyone would find it persuasive.  Either he really thinks that, which paints him as some sort of Stepford automaton.  Or it could mean he thinks GOP voters are unable to discern the statement’s dimwittery, which means he’s about as patronizing as a politician can get.

I favor the latter interpretation.  He has already shown himself to be the dirtiest GOP candidate out there with his ethically challenged slanderous anti-Thompson web site.  He has also already shown himself to be arrogant and patronizing with his transparent defense against accusations that his campaign had something to do with that site.

Seriously, about all this guy has going for him are appearances of rectitude and a nice haircut.  Does he really think that will generate a cloaking device preventing people from seeing how venal he is?

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Killer anti-Fred Quote from Rich Brookhiser

September 10, 2007

Brookhiser is a well know conservative from the “middle era” National Review:  The magazine was already mature when he made his name there, but he pre-dates the Lowry era by a couple decades.

He is also a New Yorker, so his support for Hizzoner is to be expected.  Was is a little unexpected is the stidency of some remarks he offered contra-Fred Thompson this weekend:

“Fred Thompson came to the offices of National Review some years when he was still in the Senate. I liked him fine. He has done nothing, anywhere, ever. The Hubble Telescope could not find what he has done, because he has not done it.

“It would be unwise to put such a man in the White House at this moment in history.”

1st Foreign Affairs, Now Reason

August 21, 2007

Seems Hizzoner is moonlighting as a pundit.  First he did a piece for Foreign Affairs magazine.  Now he has an op-ed up at the Reason Foundation site.  NY Post commentary here.

He works the executive competence angle at Reason, which is how the law and order mayor can win the libertarian right.  Nothing new to us, of course.  Eventually, though, people who keep saying “all Rudy has is 9/11” will notice that Giuliani rarely discusses that awful day.  Don’t those smooth-brains understand?  He doesn’t NEED to.

Rudy ’08 Releases New Web Ad

May 1, 2007

For some reason the flash player on JoinRudy2008.com wasn’t working very well — so definitely watch this on YouTube.  Overall I think it’s a good ad, though it could use some improvenents.

 1) Scrap the stock footage.  At this point in the campaign, shots of Rudy with real people should be bountiful.

2) More angles and pan-overs of excited crowds would give some much needed emphasis to the positive points Rudy is laying out. (Speaking of which, I like that this has such a positive and strongly conservative message, especially on taxes, terrorism and crime.)

3) The editing is good — but not flawless.  It flows nicely, but has a “softer” feel to it than most of the stuff campaigns are blasting out these days.  While it casts Rudy as a leader, it lacks the testimonial feel that other GOP hopefuls are using.

Maybe to get higher marks with me, Rudy needs a videographer of the Justin Germany style.  This “ad” is much different from the other web videos in that it has a professional production feel to it.  The Justin Germany school of videography is much more rough, uncut, and PERSONAL.

Now maybe it’s just my own personal bias, but I like web videos that give you a sense of what it’s like to be on the ground with the candidates.  These “introductory” videos are good for introducing people to the candidate.  And since its still VERY early in the race, and the messaging is great — I think this still earns an A.

Giuliani and Abortion Last Week: Part 784, 024 How The Absurd Row v. Wade Has Needlessly Complicated Presidential Politics

April 9, 2007

The more significant donnybrook last week was, of course, over abortion.  We all knew this was coming, and we all know this will continue.  Most Americans, I think, happen to have positions on abortion more or less exactly like Mayor Giuliani’s.  Of course, each major party also happens to have large minorities within them who’s views differ greatly from those held by the average American.

I don’t think it would be unfair of me as a Giuliani advocate to hope the campaign can help the mayor be more consistent in the enunciation of his abortion views, and better attuned to how his words on the issue will resonate with pro-life voters in the GOP.  That said, the letter below from the campaign’s political director responding to a blistering National Review Online editorial on the matter succinctly puts the case forward on why social conservatives should welcome a Giuliani presidency:

I believe that your editorial “Life Lessons for Rudy was written in good faith, but it ignored the National Review Online article of January 22 titled “Giuliani’s Choices.” Abortions declined by 16.8 percent in New York City during the Giuliani administration, according to the Center for Disease Control. And University of Alabama political scientist Michael New told your publication, “The decline in abortions in New York City under Giuliani was greater than the national decline.” Mayor Giuliani’s success in reducing abortions in New York City was further examined in your publication’s article “Rudy’s Right Record” on March 20.

Rudy Giuliani has repeatedly said that he will not seek to change current law as described in the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funding of abortions except in cases involving rape or incest, or where the life of the mother is at stake. And, given the opportunity, a President Giuliani would appoint strict-constructionist judges who will follow in the philosophical footsteps of Justices Thomas, Alito, and Scalia, and Chief Justice Roberts.

As a pro-life conservative, I may not agree with Rudy on every detail of every issue. But I respect his beliefs — as he respects mine — and I cannot argue with his results. And as mayor, he got results that true conservatives should hope their elected leaders can emulate. His policies, based on the conservative principles of accountability and personal responsibility, not only led to the reduction of abortions in New York but also a 66 percent increase in the number of adoptions on his watch. Let’s not forget that he also reduced welfare rolls by nearly 60 percent, cut or eliminated taxes 23 times, lowered the number of bureaucrats in government by 20 percent, and reduced overall crime in the city by 56 percent, making New York City the safest large city in America. If he could accomplish all that as mayor — when he was doing his best to work with an overwhelmingly Democratic city council — I look forward to what he will accomplish as America’s president.

Bill Simon
Policy Director
Giuliani for President

Giuliani w/Kudlow

March 27, 2007

Mayor Giuliani spoke with Larry Kudlow recently, a lonely voice of economic reason in the Trotskyist realm of the media. The mayor addresses one of my pet peeves: People who try to massage public behavior through minute manipulation of the tax code. Well, he didn’t explicitly call those people willing tools of the accounting industry and nascent Cromwells. But Rudy seems on the right side of that issue, too.

You see, while Hizzoner made all the appropriate remarks regarding the death tax, supply side economics and lower taxes generally, he also said of the tax code:

“I think it needs a massive simplification…if we were starting off new back at the beginning of the last century, then probably we should go with a–we probably should’ve gone with a flat tax, maybe two levels of tax, but really simple.”

Well, since Steve Forbes isn’t going to be winning any elections soon, and Phil Gramm has perhaps gone a little batty and collegial in his old age and decided to support McCain, I think that makes Mayor Giuliani the candidate of choice for people who would prefer sound economic policy unmixed with divisive social agendas.

Full transcript here.

Rudy’s Thought of the Week: March 19th

March 20, 2007

“If we try to see terrorists and dictators as basically similar to us rather than basically different, we make a lot of mistakes.  We trust them for longer than we should.”

 – Rudy Giuliani in this 2003 interview

Thanks to SVC Alumnus, a blogger in Northwest Washington (http://svcalumnus.blogspot.com) for this week’s thought.

 If you have a favorite Rudy quote, send it to rudyquote@yahoo.com.

Rudy in a Top Hat

March 17, 2007

The Gettysburg Address delivered in a thick New York accent might not come across quite the same.  And Rudy Giuliani in a top hat would look like the Penguin from the Batman comics.Rudy as Penguin

But the Kentucky-born Lincoln and Gotham’s favorite son have more in common than being, well, a little homely.

As thoughtful attorneys with social views considered by contemporaries as ‘progressive,’ President Lincoln and Mayor Giuliani each possessed a remarkable strength of character and will that in many ways defined their administrations.  Both were unlikely heroes – Lincoln from Nowhere, America rising to the presidency during one of our nation’s most trying times; the Republican Giuliani taking the reins of a city not particularly known for tough, conservative stances on crime, welfare, or taxes.

Beyond the obvious parallels, however, lies a more profound similarity.  When one examines the writings and actions of these leaders, one finds a startling likeness of mind.

Take, for example, the familiar reasoned, logical, and tough stance from Giuliani, in this instance involving the Legal Aid Society:

One group, however, didn’t think they should do their part to help.  In October 1994, the lawyers who worked for the Legal Aid Society went out on strike.

The Legal Aid Society provides legal services to the poor, including their primary mission – representing indigent defendants in criminal cases.  The city has an obligation to provide such counsel, and we contracted with the Legal Aid Society to fulfill this obligation.  If its lawyers didn’t show up for work, criminal defendants would be deprived of their constitutional right to representation.  In fact, judges can release offenders when they don’t get lawyers fast enough, or are kept in jail for too long without a lawyer.  The Legal Aid Society had gone out on strike at other times during previous administrations.  Sometimes these strikes had gone on for months, risking dangerous individuals being set free by judges because they didn’t have lawyers when they appeared in court.

When Legal Aid threatened to strike in 1994, I announced that if they carried out their threat we’d do whatever we could to cancel their contract.  This wasn’t just about the inconvenience and selfishness of their position.  Once a lawyer undertakes a case, he or she is bound to see it through to a conclusion.  A lawyer who takes on a client cannot stop representing that case without that responsibility being relieved by a judge, even if the client can no longer pay…

That still didn’t stop the Legal Aid Society from going out on strike.  I said, “Okay, in two days I will consider you to have broken your contract.  We’ll find other lawyers to do the work.  And in the future the city will not do business with any organization that includes any lawyer who has walked out on their ethical obligation.”

– Rudy Giuliani in Leadership, pg. 273-274

Compare this with Lincoln’s message to Congress on July 4, 1861:

With rebellion thus sugar-coated [leaders of the rebellion in southern states] have been drugging the public mind of their section for more than thirty years, and until at length they have brought many good men to a willingness to take up arms against the Government…

…Having never been States, either in substance or in name, outside of the Union, whence this magical omnipotence of “State Rights,” asserting a claim of power to lawfully destroy the Union itself?

…The States have their status in the Union, and they have no other legal status.  If they break from this, they can only do so against law and by revolution.  The Union, and not themselves separately, procured their independence and their liberty.  By conquest or purchase the Union gave each of them whatever of independence or liberty it has.  The Union is older than any of the States, and, in fact, it created them as States.  Originally some dependent colonies made the Union, and, in turn, the Union threw off their old dependence for them, and made them States, such as they are…

…It is now recommended that you give the legal means for making this contest a short and decisive one…

– Abraham Lincoln in “Message to Congress in Special Session,” July 4, 1861.  In The Words of Abraham Lincoln, pg. 294-295 and pg. 293

It is this shared spirit – the intense, fighting spirit of a leader committed to a reasoned position on the issue at hand and to acting on what he knows to be a necessary and right course of action – that ties these two men.

Like Lincoln, a President Giuliani would face a nation divided on ideological, economic, and social grounds.  America was rewarded with a Union preserved when it entrusted its future to a man of wisdom, tenacity, and unshakeable commitment to his beliefs.  It is again a time when our nation is in dire need of a firm, resolute leader.  A leader who understands differences and overcomes them, in the face of overwhelming odds, for the good of our nation.

Lincoln in Yankees hat

Rudy’s Thought of the Week

March 14, 2007

It’s up to a leader to instill confidence, to believe in his judgment and in his people even when they no longer believe in themselves. Sometimes, the optimism of a leader is grounded in something only he knows – the situation isn’t as dire as people think for reasons that will eventually become clear. But sometimes the leader has to be optimistic simply because if he isn’t nobody else will be. And you’ve got at least to try to fight back, no matter how daunting the odds.

– Rudy Giuliani, Leadership, pg. 298

I kept this quote on my wall in college while leading a…let’s call it ‘willful’…group of my peers. It’s always been one of my favorites.

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