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A Message to Rudy Giuliani and His Supporters (VANITY)
Self | February 23, 2007 | Alberta's Child

Posted on 02/23/2007 7:45:02 AM PST by Alberta's Child

There have been quite a few threads posted on the subject of Rudy Giuliani’s prospective candidacy for the Republican nomination in 2008, and the endless back-and-forth on these threads has reached a fever pitch at times. I’ve refrained from posting extensively on these threads in recent days because they’ve started to get someone repetitive and tiresome, but also because I’ve been compiling a lot of material to include in a thread of my own. I post my comments here without any “cross-dressing” photos or “Rudy trading card” images (though I do appreciate them, folks!), and without any personal animosity toward anyone, though many of you may know me as one who has strongly opposed his candidacy for quite some time.

I don’t post vanities here very often (and usually only when I’m looking for advice!), so I think my comments here are worth a read.

The “pro-Rudy” arguments typically fall along these lines:

1. Rudy Giuliani is really a conservative. Freepers who use this argument will often cite examples -- sometimes accurate, sometimes exaggerated, but occasionally even downright false -- of cases in which his mayoral administration in New York City pursued a particular course of action that most of us would agree is conservative from a political/philosophical standpoint. His well-documented track record as mayor of NYC offers plenty of such examples, some of which would include his administration’s success in fighting crime (for all his baggage associated with this, as described below), improving the business climate in the city, etc. The biggest flaw in this approach is that his track record is only “conservative” if you focus entirely on these specific issues and ignore the rest of them. I believe this specific view of Giuliani’s background has been sufficiently debunked by substantial, accurate references to his public statements and actual record in public office.

2. Rudy Giuliani is not a 100% conservative, and it’s unrealistic for anyone to think a 100% conservative could be elected president in 2008. The underlying point here is valid in general, but the argument is usually accompanied by accusations that opponents of Rudy Giuliani are "100-Percenters" who insist on a candidate’s fealty to the entire conservative agenda. This would only be a legitimate argument if applied to a candidate who is conservative on, say, 70% of the issues -- but it is awfully silly when used to support a candidate who is conservative on about 20% of the issues -- especially the "defining issues" for so many conservatives. Calling someone who refuses to support a liberal candidate a "100-Precenters" is comical -- and certainly isn’t going to get a candidate any more support among conservative voters.

3. Rudy Giuliani is not a 100% conservative, but he’ll be relentless in the "war on terror" (whatever the heck that means) and therefore he’s the best GOP candidate in 2008. This is basically a corollary to Point #2, in which a Giuliani supporter who knows damn well that he’s conservative on only 20% of the issues will try to transform him into a hard-core conservative by pretending that one issue is somehow weighted disproportionately to the others and therefore this 20% is magically transformed to 80%. That doesn’t fly with me, folks. Basing your support of a candidate on your own assertion of "the most important issue" is silly, especially when you consider that most voters may not necessarily agree with (A) your presumption of the most important issue, or (B) your view of which candidate is in the best position to address this issue.

4. Rudy Giuliani may only be 20% conservative, but that’s better than Hillary/Obama/Stalin/Pol Pot/etc. At least this argument is based on an honest assessment of Mr. Giuliani’s political philosophy, but this is no way to win elections. Yes, a "20% conservative" is better than a "10% conservative," but then pneumonia is a terrible affliction except in comparison to tuberculosis, too. Supporting an unabashed liberal candidate is basically a complete abdication of our principles on the altar of "pragmatism," and while this is one thing when we’re talking about the minutiae of tax policy, entitlement reform, etc., it is entirely different when we are dealing with political principles that serve as the underlying foundation of our political views.

THERE ARE A NUMBER OF REASONS WHY I HAVE BEEN ADAMANTLY OPPOSED TO GIULIANI’S CANDIDACY FOR SO LONG. I’LL LIST THEM ALL HERE, AND THEN FOLLOW THEM UP WITH A MORE GENERAL PERSPECTIVE AT THE END.

Reason #1: The Pro-Life Issue

Rudy Giuliani’s background and public statements on this issue have been well-documented here on FreeRepublic in recent months. It’s bad enough that legitimate conservative opposition to him on this issue is dismissed so readily by lumping it together with “social issues” (as if the protection of human life is nothing more than a social construct and not at the root of any functioning culture that intends to survive over a long period of time), but what is particularly preposterous is that Giuliani’s views on this issue represent a radical, left-wing extremist position that even many pro-abortion Democrats find completely unacceptable (Joe Biden, Patrick Leahy, and Tom Daschle were three of many Democrats in the U.S. Senate to vote in favor of the Federal late-term abortion ban in 2003). Some people right here on FreeRepublic -- for some reason that baffles the hell out of me -- have even go so far as to suggest that his obfuscation on this issue makes him something of a “sort of pro-life” candidate. His track record particularly with regard to the issue of late-term abortion illustrates how utterly absurd this is.

Keep in mind that the Republican Party has not had a pro-abortion presidential candidate since Gerald Ford ran and lost in 1976 -- which means no pro-abortion GOP candidate has ever won a presidential election. In fact, much of the party’s success at the voting booth over the last 30 years was attributable to its ability to capitalize on pro-life Democrats who had become utterly repulsed by their own party’s stand on this issue. The Republican Party ought to think long and hard about turning its back on the pro-life movement right now.

Reason #2: Illegal Immigration

This issue has been a hot topic of discussion over the last 12-18 months in the mainstream media as well as right here on FreeRepublic, and any candidate who ignores it does so at his own peril. Unfortunately for Giuliani, it is impossible for him to reconcile his track record with anything other than the most permissive open-borders policy imaginable. While mayor of New York City he was an unabashed supporter of illegal immigration, and even went so far as to maintain a “sanctuary city” policy regarding illegal immigrants in direct violation of those provisions in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 that specifically outlawed this type of crap. His actions with regard to that Federal law were particularly disgraceful in light of the fact that he himself had been a Federal prosecutor at one time, and with this one issue he has effectively exposed his "law & order" reputation -- which people might otherwise consider a strong asset -- as a complete fraud.

It also made him terribly weak on other issues -- especially in the aftermath of 9/11. If the mayor of New York City could take it upon himself to blatantly ignore key provisions of this Federal law, would it be acceptable for a mayor or governor to knowingly and egregiously violate terms of the Patriot Act for purely political reasons? Would it be acceptable for the mayor of Dearborn, Michigan to harbor militants from Hamas and Hezbollah in his city? Would it be acceptable for mayors of other cities to ignore the various Federal laws that Rudy Giuliani himself called for incessantly when he was the mayor of New York City?

Reason #3: Gun Control

That last statement is a perfect lead-in to my third point. I thought the pro-life movement would be the most difficult hurdle for a Giuliani campaign to overcome, but the backlash among gun owners here on FreeRepublic to his recent appearance on Hannity & Colmes was pretty shocking. Watching Giuliani twist himself into knots while engaging in that pathetic display of political gymnastics even made me embarrassed for him. As with the pro-life issue, this is one in which his background and well-documented track record cannot possibly be rationalized from a conservative standpoint.

And for all the silly nonsense I’ve heard about how “tough” Rudy Giuliani would be against terrorism, the reality is that he has an extensive track record of opposing the most effective means of protection Americans have at their disposal against the kind of “terrorism” they are most likely to encounter in their lives -- e.g., a couple of homosexual Muslims driving around the D.C. suburbs shooting people at random, some loser Muslim from Bosnia shooting people at random in a Salt Lake City shopping mall, an Iranian-born jack@ss driving his car onto a crowded sidewalk in North Carolina, etc.

And in the one specific case before 9/11 where Rudy Giuliani had to deal with a terrorist attack as mayor of New York City -- the case of the Palestinian malcontent shooting people on the observation deck of the Empire State Building in 1997 -- Giuliani was complicit in the media cover-up of the incident (in which the perpetrator’s political motivations were brushed aside, he was portrayed as a mentally unstable loner, and the gun he used became the primary culprit). His public statements in the aftermath of that attack contained no mention of terrorism at all -- and in fact he went so far as to use the attack to support his public anti-gun campaign. His statements in the days and weeks after the incident have been posted here a number of times, and ought to be a shocking, disgraceful warning sign even for his strongest supporters here.

“Tough on terrorism,” my @ss.

Reason #4: If You Can Make it There, You’re Disqualified

In one sense, Giuliani’s approach to law enforcement, gun control, etc. was perfectly acceptable when he was the mayor of New York City. But it was for all the wrong reasons when it comes to presidential politics. In some ways his no-holds-barred approach to law enforcement (selective as it was, as I have pointed out above in Reason #2) and blatant antagonism toward the Bill of Rights would appeal to some folks the same way they would find the streets of Tokyo or Singapore safe and clean, or the same way they might be quite comfortable with Alberto Fujimori’s strong-arm tactics against the Shining Path militants in Peru. But Tokyo is not an American city, and Peru is not the United States . . . and nor, quite frankly, is New York City. People who walk around New York City can take some comfort in the notion that there are 40,000 police officers in that jurisdiction, and that few of their fellow pedestrians are permitted to carry guns. The city is just a place to do business, and for all intents and purposes these people aren’t even Americans anyway (Rudy Giuliani himself formally acknowledged this when he climbed his pedestal as an unabashed champion of illegal immigration) -- so who really cares? New York City might as well be an international protectorate, and the political climate there is such that anyone who can win an election in that city has no business leading this country. Conservatives ought to be no more willing to trust this man to uphold basic principles of constitutional law than they would trust Michael Bloomberg.

It’s no coincidence that there hasn’t been a New Yorker on a successful national ticket since a nearly-deceased FDR won for the last time in 1944 -- a period that now exceeds 60 years even though New York has been one of the three largest states in the U.S. in terms of electoral votes for that entire time. Most of the issues that occupy the minds of voters in New York are completely alien to ordinary Americans -- which is why the Big Apple has been at the forefront among big cities in almost every recent story involving the intrusion of a big, nanny-state government into the personal lives of its residents . . . from smoking bans, to laws against trans-fats, to the latest half-baked idea to hit the airwaves: the prohibition against the used of cell phones by pedestrians.

None of this should come as any surprise to us, since New York City has long been detached from reality when it comes to American culture and politics. The American Revolution was fought throughout most of the Thirteen Colonies, but was won largely the South -- New York City having remained in British hands throughout most of the conflict. Mass immigration from Ireland and Wales made it a “foreign” city even as far back as 160 years ago, and the Eastern European immigration of the early 20th Century introduced an element -- radical secularism and (later) communism -- that has only grown stronger over time. Almost every rabidly anti-American ideology at work in this country can trace its roots to New York’s academic and cultural institutions.

Today, much of Rudy Giuliani’s media support is coming from big-city, cosmopolitan “neo-conservatives” who have a long history of supporting interventionist foreign policy (I would have to devote an entire thread to this one issue), but have never been much for supporting traditional American values and often give some pretty clear indications that they have never even read the U.S. Constitution (the New York Post has a long-held editorial view in favor of gun control, and have the words “Second Amendment” or the phrase “right to keep and bear arms” ever been printed in the Weekly Standard?

These people have an agenda that is not mine, and any lapdog in the neo-conservative media -- and that includes Rupert Murdoch’s mouthpieces at Fox News, the New York Post, etc. -- who goes out on a limb to support such a radical left-wing candidate (that means you, Sean Hannity and Deroy Murdock) has basically lost all of his/her credibility as a conservative commentator.

. . .

What this all comes down to is that each and every one of us is either a Republican or a conservative. Because the Republican Party platform has been quite conservative (and downright hard-core right-wing, in comparison to the Democratic platform) in recent decades, we’ve managed to delude ourselves into believing that ‘Republican” and “conservative” are always synonymous. Rudy Giuliani’s prospective candidacy for the GOP nomination in 2008 should put this tenuous relationship between party affiliation and political philosophy in the proper light. We are either Republicans first, or we are conservatives first -- there is no middle road here.

Regarding one other item related to Rudy Giuliani’s campaign that pops up on these threads repeatedly (I’ve steadfastly tried to avoid mentioning it, but it cannot be overlooked) . . .

Anyone who has the time to do some research on Rudy Giuliani might want to sit down and do an extensive search through old newspaper articles, internet articles, etc. -- and try to find any such article where Mr. Giuliani is doing something that anyone would consider “manly” in any normal sense -- and by this I mean engaging in physical activity, playing a sport, or doing just about anything that most normal people would associate with manliness. I’ve looked long and hard for this, and I simply can’t find one. I mean, even something staged as a photo-op for PR purposes -- like Ronald Reagan riding a horse or chopping wood on his California ranch, George W. Bush clearing brush on his ranch or driving around Crawford in that big white Ford F-350 Super Duty truck -- is nowhere to be found.

If the “cross-dressing” photos of Rudy Giuliani aren’t necessarily bothersome in and of themselves, they raise some serious warning flags in light of the points I’ve mentioned above. I suspect this is what Giuliani’s own campaign staff had in mind when they referred to the “weirdness factor” as a potential stumbling block in an election campaign. And it’s very important to note that this warning was documented all the way back in 1993, not 2007 -- which means it dates all the way back to his second mayoral race in New York City. Anyone who comes across as “weird” in New York City would be a bizarre freak according to the standards of at least 95% of the people in this country.

Call me paranoid, and call me judgmental, but something about this whole thing just ain’t right. Run down the list of all those things that ought to be setting off warning bells in the minds of normal, decent people . . . the cross-dressing . . . the public statements extolling the work of Planned Parenthood and eugenicist Margaret Sanger . . . the enthusiastic support from NARAL . . . the hosting of those Gay Pride and Stonewall Veterans Association events . . . those bizarre marriages.

Perhaps Freud had it right when he postulated that “a fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity.” (General Introduction to Psychoanalysis, 1952)

The last thing this country needs right now is an effete, dysfunctional weirdo from New York City serving as its chief executive.

And lest anyone think I’m an unreasonable man, I’d like everyone to take a look at the article posted below. I wrote it in the turbulent aftermath of the 2000 election, and posted it here on FreeRepublic when the election results were finally certified in mid-December of that that year. (The link below is a re-post of that article from 2004).

The Triumph of Little America

You can be sure that the passionate (but also extremely objective) conservative who penned those words in December of 2000 will never support Rudy Giuliani in 2008. I’ve traveled across this country too many times -- and know too much about what this country is really all about -- for me to support a big-government, liberal globalist from New York City in a presidential race, regardless of his party affiliation.

And anyone here who works for the Republican Party in any capacity -- and anyone regularly browses through various threads here on FreeRepublic on behalf of a GOP candidate or a GOP media outlet -- should heed this message . . .

IF YOU’RE TRYING TO SELL A PHONY CONSERVATIVE, THEN THIS FELLA AIN’T GONNA BE YOUR CUSTOMER.


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To: RinaseaofDs

Hunter's having a huge fundraiser breakfast tomorrow morning in SD.
$250 per plate.


401 posted on 02/23/2007 1:32:40 PM PST by b9 ("America is great because America is good." ~ Duncan Hunter)
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To: Alberta's Child

..did anyone see Ann Coulter on FNC refer to one Republican candidate as "the magnificent Duncan Hunter"?


402 posted on 02/23/2007 1:41:22 PM PST by WalterSkinner ( ..when there is any conflict between God and Caesar -- guess who loses?)
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To: don-o
I'll do the courteous thing foryou and ping the Freeper you mentioned by name.

Thank you, Miss Manners. I hardly think is was necessary.

403 posted on 02/23/2007 1:42:54 PM PST by Glenn (Annoy a BushBot...Think for yourself.)
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To: RinaseaofDs
I did read yours.

If I were invited to dinner and the vegetables were Brussel sprouts and turnips, I would not eat the vegetables, because I do not like Brussel sprouts and turnips. I would not tell the host that I wanted mashed potatoes and green beans, because that is not what was on the menu. It would be rude.

However, the political process is different. Citizens are supposed to be allowed a voice in what is on the menu. Preliminary news is that they are planning to serve up candidates that I don't like. First step in getting someone I do like is to let them know that the planned menu is going to be a flop.

There is plenty of time to plan for a successful event.

404 posted on 02/23/2007 1:44:02 PM PST by don-o (Fight, fight. fight to drive the GOP to the right!!!!)
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To: HairOfTheDog
He'll be fine and hold the respect of most Americans if he just remains true to who he is

That means he'll appeal to somewhere near half of the country.

Too bad he's running for REPUBLICAN president, since the "half" he will appeal to are largely in the LIBERAL BLUE STATES.

405 posted on 02/23/2007 1:45:37 PM PST by DocH (Gun-grabbers, you can HAVE my guns... lead first.)
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To: DustyMoment

I agree that my message was a hodgepodge of issues, because I was responding to a hodgepodge of issues, and you are quite right to reply to only those that interest you.

I really love the idealism of the Statue of Liberty, which is effectively an invitation. "Bring us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to be free". I think of that as a great and grand value, perhaps America's greatest gift to the world.

So when you say illegals are not invited, you're replacing the noble words on the Statue of Liberty with a fence and an iron door slammed in people's faces. I prefer the older, more hospitable conception of America.

Besides, we have issued them another kind of invitation. We are hiring them to do work, and we're paying them, and that's effectively an invitation. You know that if we did not do this, they would not come.

I have a hard time really thinking of a country as "my home" to which I should restrict entry to people. After all, it's the home of many people I would not want to invite, if given the chance to not invite them. Would I rather have an illegal here or Al Sharpton, for example? Would I rather have an illegal here than a worker I regularly deal with, a native-born American citizen, whose fondest desire is to sleep all day?

And perhaps above all, I really hate the language many of the anti-illegal people use. "Invaders" "Cockroaches", etc, etc are only some of the names I've seen. And yet when I look at them, I just see poor people trying to make a living as best they can. It's really hard for me to feel negatively about that kind of spirit, particularly when many native born Americans, as you have noted, seem to be lazier and less enthusiastic about doing great things than ever

Perhaps I feel that the illegals live up the American spirit better than many of us do, and that makes me sad that so many of us yearn to push them out. To me, it just doesn't feel like the good thing to do.

D


406 posted on 02/23/2007 1:47:18 PM PST by daviddennis (If you like my stuff, please visit amazing.com, my new social networking site!)
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To: don-o; Glenn

I won't be supporting Rudy. He's waaay too liberal to be president. Does nor respect the constitution or our rights. He's toast.


407 posted on 02/23/2007 1:48:35 PM PST by Jim Robinson (It's "originalists" not "constructionists.")
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To: Jim Robinson
I won't be supporting Rudy.

Hooray, then.

Unfortunately, I'm afraid you'll get the chance to prove it, given the attitude and mindset of many.

408 posted on 02/23/2007 1:53:27 PM PST by Glenn (Annoy a BushBot...Think for yourself.)
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To: don-o

Your metaphor only works for dinner parties. And then only for small ones.

Campaigning to be Leader of the Free World requires enormous organizational and financial planning, and as such, it asks people to assume risk. People are asked to commit.

The only other conservatives that will get in at this point with the organizational or fund raising capability, even this far out, have to be either Governors or Gingrich, and may be General Franks. Rice or Powell, not interested.

Its amazing that Senators even bother. People can't stand them, and they don't have the executive experience that people are looking for in a President. Senators are much more followers than they are leaders. Leaders run for executive offices, retired lawyers run for representative office.


409 posted on 02/23/2007 1:57:49 PM PST by RinaseaofDs (Ignorance should be painful)
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To: Alberta's Child


GO DUNCAN HUNTER!!!!!


410 posted on 02/23/2007 1:58:52 PM PST by Paperdoll ((on the cutting edge ))
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To: Alberta's Child; dirtboy; Spiff; Liz
Excellent post, and thanks for the ping.

Its nice to see someone think through and lay things out as you have done...this is the kind of FR stuff that puts this place on the notable political Internet sites...one that other analysts and commentators go to for 'raw material'.

Id like to add some more fuel to the fire. ;0)

Ive seen others such as dirtboy question Guiliani's 'judgment', and Spiff and Liz lay out Guilianis real record on abortion, most notably partial birth abortion, an act of brutality and barbarism that cannot, IMHO, be tolerated nor countenanced by an aware moral person.

There's a number of these valid questions...but let me take it one step further.

I question his psychology, and his character to be President....and this is coming from someone who was a big fan of Rudy back in 2000 when he initially ran against Hillary.

I dont question his ability to be....

An effective Federal prosecutor..he was one.

An effective mayor of the largest and most complex city in the US...he was one.

A successful business partner and leader...he apparently is one.

In fact...I dont question his leadership qualities per se, he wrote a book about it.

Let me also put aside, for arguments sake only, other specifics as to whether he is a liberal, the strict constructionist issue, 2nd amendment rights etc...what it comes down to ...for me...

I don't think he has that 'special skill set'; i.e, that peculiar combination of qualities of leadership, toughness, experience base, intelligence, AND...those personal and moral qualities that we need at this time, to lead this country through some potentially very tough times ahead.

I think a hard fought primary and general election campaign, whereby all of Rudy's dirty laundry gets aired, and where he has to perform and compete up against Duncan Hunter, Mitt Romney, and Newt, and then whomever the Dems nominate, will convince other people of this; enough, in fact, so as to make him unelectable.

Nobody's perfect in all categories (except perhaps Washington!), I could compromise in some areas if I absolutely have to..but I think basic character, integrity, and judgment issues are nonnegotiable for me.

An honest man can change his positions over time, happens all the time, a DISHONEST man WILL change his positions in time, (when it is required in order to get what he really wants), but a person cannot easily and readily change who they really are .
411 posted on 02/23/2007 2:05:17 PM PST by Dat Mon (Apply the same standards to THIS Justice Department as you once did to the Clinton Justice D.)
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To: wolfcreek

I realize this. My point was that it's a relatively new issue many of us in the Northeast.


412 posted on 02/23/2007 2:08:06 PM PST by joylyn
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To: RinaseaofDs
Can't disagree. General Franks...Hmmmmmm.

The Pubbies damn well better find somebody. Giuliani will lose in McGovernesque numbers.

413 posted on 02/23/2007 2:16:31 PM PST by don-o (Fight, fight. fight to drive the GOP to the right!!!!)
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To: Alberta's Child

Very, very eloquent piece, AB. I am sorry we have to have these divisions from time to time. I believe you speak for thousands of FReepers, myself included.


414 posted on 02/23/2007 2:17:13 PM PST by Lexinom ("That fence is going to be up, that back door is going to be closed." -Duncan Hunter)
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To: daviddennis
I really love the idealism of the Statue of Liberty, which is effectively an invitation. "Bring us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to be free". I think of that as a great and grand value, perhaps America's greatest gift to the world.

The American people never got to approve that statement. It was rammed through by some wealthy liberal socialite with too much time on her hands looking for a cause to justify her existence. Look it up.

415 posted on 02/23/2007 2:19:04 PM PST by metalurgist ("For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?" No to Rudy)
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To: Dat Mon

BUMP ~ wonderful post


416 posted on 02/23/2007 2:20:20 PM PST by b9 ("America is great because America is good." ~ Duncan Hunter)
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To: You Dirty Rats

Considering the way most of the New Yorkers voted and the way they responded to Bush - I'd have to say reggrettably you are right. New York is almost a foreign city.


417 posted on 02/23/2007 2:27:53 PM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: Glenn
Here are some of the negatives we've learned about Rudy recently:

- pro abortion
- pro partial birth abortion
- pro taxpayer funded abortion
- pro taxpayer funded embryonic stem cell research
- pro gay unions (gay marriage)
- pro gay rights
- pro gay agenda
- pro gun control
- pro suing gun manufacturers
- pro illegal alien
- pro sanctuary cities
- pro environmentalism
- pro human caused fixable global warming (pro Kyoto?)
- pro McCain-Feingold - wants to close loopholes to make it stronger


Additional suspicions:

- experience as a government prosecutor makes him pro government
- fights crime by restricting rights
- says he's a problem fixer - suspect he'll use BIG government solutions
- suspect he's pro developer vs private property rights - eminent domain
- suspect he'll be eager to please his liberal friends, press et al (there goes the war)
418 posted on 02/23/2007 2:34:02 PM PST by Jim Robinson (It's "originalists" not "constructionists.")
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To: Alberta's Child

AC- Great post, it did nothing but reinforce my opposition to Rudy for President. I am interested in which candidate, announced or not, you are supporting for the Republican nomination in '08. I currently am leaning toward Hunter; he seems to be the most conservative candidate out there, pending a decision from Newt. I would like to see a similar type post naming your 'best' candidate, as well as a list of the positive and negative baggage that candidate would bring to the primaries.


419 posted on 02/23/2007 2:43:06 PM PST by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: wolfcreek

haven't been able to read all the messages yet. I guess it depends on what side you're on.


420 posted on 02/23/2007 3:02:15 PM PST by merry10 (http://joinrudy2008.com)
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To: Dat Mon
An effective Federal prosecutor..he was one.

I never vote for former prosecutors. Too sleazy, expedient.
421 posted on 02/23/2007 3:06:58 PM PST by George W. Bush
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To: Alberta's Child
try to find any such article where Mr. Giuliani is doing something that anyone would consider “manly”

Rudy's a metrosexual? So if the Shepard Smiths of the world outnumber the hard right he would potentially have the votes? Interesting......

422 posted on 02/23/2007 3:08:23 PM PST by somemoreequalthanothers (All for the betterment of "the state", comrade)
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To: trisham

Thanks!


423 posted on 02/23/2007 3:11:35 PM PST by Mr. Silverback ("Logic" is as meaningless to a liberal as "desert" is to a fish.--Freeper IronJack)
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To: Hydroshock

I oppose Giuliani on many issues. Probably the same ones you object to. However, he is not "Liberal slime." He stood up to the slime Lieberals in NYC for 8 years. He was called "Adolf Ghouliani" and compared to Hitler for saying that taxpayers money should not go to support the Christian bashing art exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. He stood strong for law and order when the NY DemonRats fought against it. He opposed honoring Arafat at a time when the bloody red carpet was rolled out for him by gutless politicians in Washington. He cleaned up Times Square which had been a human sewer for years. Those things were Conservative policies which he managed to accomplish in the face of extreme opposition from real "Liberal slime." It's ironic that Giuliani is being called a RINO, a "traitor to the cause," yet he did more to advance the cause of Conservatism in NYC than any Mayor in recent history. The thanks he gets is to be called a RINO and a Liberal slime. I oppose Giuliani's Liberal policies on abortion and gun control, but I will never treat him with the kind of disrespect that many of my fellow Conservatives are doing now.


424 posted on 02/23/2007 3:12:28 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY ((((Truth shall set you free))))
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To: Mr. Silverback

Anytime! :)


425 posted on 02/23/2007 3:13:46 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Alberta's Child

The rudy supporters will paint over all of this with a hitlery brush, but these statements of facts will continue to bleed through. Will not get my vote whatsoever. How any conservative could vote for this LIBERAL is beyond me.


426 posted on 02/23/2007 3:15:27 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: TonyRo76; All

Thanks so much. I will be replying to everyone on this thread who posts a reply to me, so it might take some time to get back to all of you.


427 posted on 02/23/2007 3:17:07 PM PST by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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To: WalterSkinner
You said, "One would have to be comatose not to recognize the cultural war raging within the GOP--the next couple of years could be the death of the Grand Old Party.

With Rudy, it will continue (at an accelerated rate) the 'morphing' from the conservative 'Grand Old Party',,,,to,,,,the liberal 'Gay Old Party'.

428 posted on 02/23/2007 3:17:58 PM PST by stockstrader ("Where government advances--and it advances relentlessly--freedom is imperiled"-Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: LtdGovt
I will get back to you on this, LtdGovt.

Another Freeper and I went through a list of 10 specific issues a while back, and I came up with a "conservative score" of 1.5 out of 7 -- with 3 incompletes -- on these 10 issues. That translates to about 21%.

429 posted on 02/23/2007 3:19:15 PM PST by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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To: LtdGovt
The difference between those who would vote for Rudy in the general election and those who would not, is that the former group understands the importance of the war on terror.

If you are going to make a statement like that, you have to come up with one or both of the following: 1) a list of specific measures Rudy Giuliani has either implemented or proposed that are aimed at winning the so-called "war on terror," and 2) clear evidence that Rudy Giuliani is the only one with the ability and/or desire to win this "war."

430 posted on 02/23/2007 3:21:39 PM PST by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
Post of the week!!

Thank you kindly. :-)

431 posted on 02/23/2007 3:22:20 PM PST by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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To: Alberta's Child
Actually sounds plausible, especially as a SWAG.

Did you run the same numbers against Hillery?, Obama?

If so, how did they rank?

My guess about 5%.
432 posted on 02/23/2007 3:28:15 PM PST by NathanR (Après moi, le deluge.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I have no respect for liberals.


433 posted on 02/23/2007 3:38:48 PM PST by Hydroshock (Duncan Hunter For President, checkout gohunter08.com.)
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To: Lakeshark
Honestly, will you support Hillary rather than him if he wins the nomination?

Just in case this wasn't made clear in my "screed" . . .

If the two major candidates in 2008 turn out to be Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani, then I really don't give a rat's @ss who the next president is.

434 posted on 02/23/2007 3:39:06 PM PST by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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To: Pistolshot
Awesome post. All the Rudybots will go off on you now.

Thanks, Post . . . I'm ready for 'em! LOL.

435 posted on 02/23/2007 3:40:47 PM PST by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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To: Alberta's Child
If you are going to make a statement like that, you have to come up with one or both of the following: 1) a list of specific measures Rudy Giuliani has either implemented or proposed that are aimed at winning the so-called "war on terror," and 2) clear evidence that Rudy Giuliani is the only one with the ability and/or desire to win this "war."

I'm not talking about the primary, but about the general election. I don't need to prove that Rudy is better than, let's say, Romney on the WOT. I just need to prove that he is better than Hillary, which is not uncontested.
436 posted on 02/23/2007 3:41:06 PM PST by LtdGovt ("Where government moves in, community retreats and civil society disintegrates" -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Beagle8U; sitetest

Thanks, folks. Nothing like a dull Friday to stir up the pot, eh?


437 posted on 02/23/2007 3:42:19 PM PST by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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To: Spiff

Thanks, Spiff. You've been "working in the trenches" on this one for a long time yourself.


438 posted on 02/23/2007 3:45:53 PM PST by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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To: conservatrice

Thanks, conservatrice!


439 posted on 02/23/2007 3:47:07 PM PST by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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To: Unmarked Package

Thanks so much, Unmarked Package. Your letter is right on, too.


440 posted on 02/23/2007 3:49:21 PM PST by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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To: Sabramerican
Having been a witness to NYC pre Giuliani, and the miracle he performed, I believe he is uniquely what America needs today.

Did you feel Rudy Giuliani was a solid Republican presidential candidate in, say -- August of 2000, or April of 2001? Be honest now!

Conservative principles will have to take a back seat to competence dealing with huge international and economic issues- the nuts and bolts of a Presidency.

1. What experience does Rudy Giuliani have in dealing with huge economic -- and, more importantly -- international isses?

2. I believe anyone who doesn't base his dealings in "huge international and economic issues" on conservative principles ain't worth a damn.

441 posted on 02/23/2007 3:53:38 PM PST by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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To: NathanR
Those purges drained half of the blood from this forum.

And most of the brains.

442 posted on 02/23/2007 3:55:52 PM PST by Wormwood (Your Friendly Neighborhood Moderate)
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To: Sabramerican
Promises could be extracted from Giuliani today. On abortion, gays and guns.

LOL. Yeah, right.

The lasting legacy of the David Souter, Anthony Kennedy and Harriet Miers nominations will be that NO PROMISES WILL EVER MEAN ANYTHING ANYMORE when it comes to constitutional law.

443 posted on 02/23/2007 3:56:46 PM PST by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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To: Restore

Thank you, Restore!


444 posted on 02/23/2007 3:58:00 PM PST by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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To: Alberta's Child
Thanks for your work 'in the trenches' too!

I agree with virtually everything you have said about Rudy--and we (conservatives) owe you a debt of gratitude for your efforts to help many understand the 'WHOLE RUDY STORY'!

Liberal Republicans, like Rudy, are more dangerous than liberal democrats,,,,

because liberal Republicans BLUR THE DISTINCTION between liberalism and conservatism,,,,

making liberalism MUCH MORE ACCEPTABLE.

445 posted on 02/23/2007 3:59:11 PM PST by stockstrader ("Where government advances--and it advances relentlessly--freedom is imperiled"-Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Hydroshock

He's not a Liberal. He accomplished many Conservative things while in enemy territory. I live in enemy territory in NYC and have fought all my life for right-wing beliefs. It's easy being a conservative in friendly territory where you're surrounded by like minded people. Giuliani paid his dues to the Right by fighting the Left for 8 years as mayor of NYC. Law and order issues are not Liberal. Supporting capital punishment is not Liberal. Opposing Christian bashing is not Liberal. Standing up to Islamic terrorists is not Liberal. He did many other things that were not Liberal. He was on the battlefield fighting Liberals for 8 years. He deserves respect for that.


446 posted on 02/23/2007 3:59:26 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY ((((Truth shall set you free))))
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To: pissant

Rupert Murdoch basically runs a "neo-conservative" media empire. That's why so many of the prominent figures in that political movement get lots of air time on Fox News and column space in his newspapers.


447 posted on 02/23/2007 3:59:41 PM PST by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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To: Reagan Man

Thanks, Reagan. Very good points there.


448 posted on 02/23/2007 4:02:02 PM PST by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He is as liberal as they come.


449 posted on 02/23/2007 4:02:45 PM PST by Hydroshock (Duncan Hunter For President, checkout gohunter08.com.)
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To: jjm2111
Well reasoned, well argued, and well written. My hat's off to you.

Thanks, jjm!

450 posted on 02/23/2007 4:03:19 PM PST by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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