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  • THE POPE'S POWER [Catholic Caucus]

    06/30/2017 2:26:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    First Things ^ | June 29, 2017 | Marco Tosatti
    Pope Francis was elected with a mandate to undertake institutional reform of the Vatican. But as curial reform has proved difficult, Francis seems to have made it a lower priority. Meanwhile, the corruption and inefficiency of the Curia have not prevented him from pursuing his higher priorities. Increasingly, when he has his own ends in view, Francis simply goes around the Curia—for good and ill. In four years as pope, Francis has instituted a deeply personal (some might say autocratic) regime that is without precedent in living memory. While the popes have always been absolute monarchs—at least theoretically—during the last...
  • Donald Trump Is The Next Barack Obama

    03/01/2016 5:37:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 138 replies
    The Federalist ^ | February 29, 2016 | Angerlo Codevilla
    The difference between Donald Trump and Barack Obama amounts only to whatever difference may exist between each emperor’s set of cronies.The Obama years have brought America to the brink of transformation from constitutional republic into an empire ruled by secret deals promulgated by edicts. Civics classes used to teach: “Congress makes the laws, the president carries them out, judges decide controversies, and we citizens may be penalized only by a jury of our peers.” Nobody believes that anymore, because no part of it has been true for a long time. Barack Obama stopped pretending that it is. During the twentieth...
  • Surge in Early Balloting Shifts Florida Races (Rooty's NYC liberals switching voter registrations?)

    01/28/2008 3:53:49 AM PST · by Liz · 29 replies · 154+ views
    NY TIMES ^ | January 27, 2008 | ADAM NAGOURNEY
    BOCA RATON, Fla. A flood of early ballots from Republican voters, has already exceeded the turnout in the contests in Iowa, NH and Nevada. As of Friday night, nearly 400,000 party Republicans had cast early votes, either in person or by mail......There were 3.8 million Republicans qualified to vote Tuesday. That offers a glimmer of hope to Giuliani's calculated effort to get his supporters to vote early hoping to bank a substantial number of votes before losses in other early states raised questions about his viability and his competitors arrived in the state, driving down his numbers in the polls....
  • In Matters Big and Small, Crossing Giuliani Had Price (Rudy Hits Low and Hard)

    01/22/2008 6:05:07 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 86 replies · 168+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 22, 2008 | MICHAEL POWELL and RUSS BUETTNER
    Rudolph W. Giuliani likens himself to a boxer who never takes a punch without swinging back. As mayor, he made the vengeful roundhouse an instrument of government, clipping anyone who crossed him. In August 1997, James Schillaci, a rough-hewn chauffeur from the Bronx, dialed Mayor Giuliani’s radio program on WABC-AM to complain about a red-light sting run by the police near the Bronx Zoo. ...That morning, police officers appeared on Mr. Schillaci’s doorstep. What are you going to do, Mr. Schillaci asked, arrest me? He was joking, but the officers were not. They slapped on handcuffs and took him to...
  • The Case for Rudy Giuliani

    01/22/2008 4:51:53 AM PST · by StatenIsland · 107 replies · 183+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 1/22/08 | Dennis Prager
    Rudy Giuliani may have made a great mistake by not campaigning in New Hampshire, Nevada, Iowa and South Carolina. But between Rudy Giuliani (and, for that matter, Mitt Romney) on the one hand and John McCain on the other, there is little question as to who more embodies mainstream conservative and Republican principles. But Giuliani is not merely more of a conservative than John McCain. In fact, if it is Ronald Reagan that Republicans want, Giuliani is extraordinarily close to that venerated man. Ronald Reagan stood for two great beliefs: that big government is a big problem for a free...
  • Giuliani trailing on home ground: (WNBC/Marist - NY) poll

    01/21/2008 11:16:43 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 60 replies · 206+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/21/08 | Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani is trailing in the race for the Republican presidential nomination even on his home turf of New York state, a new poll showed on Monday. The WNBC/Marist poll ahead of the February 5 primaries in New York showed 34 percent of registered Republicans support John McCain, compared to 23 percent for Giuliani. Among Republicans likely to vote, McCain kept his 34 percent support, while Giuliani was tied in second place with Mitt Romney at 19 percent. McCain's campaign has been boosted by wins in New Hampshire and South Carolina...
  • Senior Giuliani Campaign Staffers Forego Paychecks

    01/11/2008 8:11:00 AM PST · by Calpernia · 55 replies · 824+ views
    1010wins ^ | Friday, 11 January 2008 10:20AM
    About a dozen senior campaign staffers for Rudy Giuliani are foregoing their January paychecks, aides said Friday, a sign of possible money trouble for the Republican presidential candidate. "We have enough money, but we could always use more money,'' contended Mike DuHaime, Giuliani's campaign manager and one of those who now is working for free. "We want to make sure we have enough to win.'' At the end of December, he said the campaign had $11.5 million cash on hand, $7 million of which can be used for the primary. He disputed the notion of a cash-strapped campaign, and said...
  • RUDY'S GOT NO HEARTLAND; BOTTOM OF PACK IN HAWKEYE STATE (RINO flops in conservative country)

    12/31/2007 3:16:44 AM PST · by Liz · 100 replies · 255+ views
    NY POST ^ | December 31, 2007 | CARL CAMPANILE and GEOFF EARLE
    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - Giuliani's support here has plummeted into single digits....according to new surveys released yesterday. A Reuters poll shows the ex-mayor capturing just 8% of the vote - tied for fourth place with Thompson and Ron Paul. An MSNBC poll shows Giuliani tied with Paul for fifth place with a measly 5% of the vote - near the bottom of the pack. "Where has he been? He stopped showing up," said conservative activist Jamie Johnson, who runs a radio station. Giuliani did not air a single TV ad in Iowa, and his 15 trips here were far...
  • Giuliani Hits a Rocky Stretch as Voting Approaches

    12/24/2007 4:39:11 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 40 replies · 758+ views
    NY Times ^ | 24 December 2007 | By ADAM NAGOURNEY
    HAMPTON, N.H. — Rudolph W. Giuliani has entered a turbulent period in his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, marked by what his aides acknowledge are missteps, sharp shifts in strategy and evidence that reports about his personal life have hurt his national standing. A $3 million investment in radio and television advertising in New Hampshire, a belated effort to become competitive in this state, is now viewed by the campaign as a largely wasted expenditure. A Boston Globe poll published Sunday found that support for Mr. Giuliani had dropped in New Hampshire over the past month, even before any...
  • Here's why I support Giuliani, and it has nothing to do with his response to September 11

    12/20/2007 3:42:11 AM PST · by Righting · 68 replies · 134+ views
    Here's why I support Giuliani, and it has nothing to do with his response to September 11: Rudy Giuliani eliminated street crime in New York City. The conventional wisdom said it couldn't be done, and the reasons are suspiciously similar to what the same bloviators say about the war against Islamofascism today: 1. There actually isn't a problem; if you think it's a problem, you're a racist. 2. Okay, there is a problem, but it's because of white racism; to try to eradicate the problem using barbaric force without solving the root causes is useless. 3. Okay, force can in...
  • WHY GIULIANI NEEDS A MIRACLE (go ahead, Rudy--wanna try kicking so/con Repubs to the curb, again?)

    12/18/2007 6:17:18 AM PST · by Liz · 72 replies · 123+ views
    NY POST ^ | December 18, 2007 | RICH LOWRY
    --SNIP--Giuliani is finally suffering from the natural gravitational pull of his messy personal life (as mayor, he financed a security detail for his mistress) and his ideological heterodoxy (especially on social issues).......it has dragged him down to a level where it is no longer an invisible force. His supporters thought that he'd bump up in the NH polls once he started advertising. But since Nov 10 he's spent more than Romney and McCain, and Giuliani's numbers have, if anything, declined slightly. Pundits speculated that the WOT was the new social issue, more important to Republicans than abortion or gay marriage.........over...
  • Giuliani, Very Open? There’s Always a First Time

    12/15/2007 10:09:01 AM PST · by calcowgirl · 15 replies · 145+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 15, 2007 | JIM DWYER
    A few years back, a man named Russell Harding held a City Hall patronage job that came with a government credit card, which he used to steal more than $250,000. Crooks happen. What kept Mr. Harding in thievery for three years was that the city government, led by his patron, Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, slammed the door on the one person who sought the Harding credit card records, a reporter with The Village Voice who filed freedom of information requests. These requests were stalled until the next mayor took office and released the documents. Before long, Mr. Harding was packed...
  • RUDY HARD-PRESSED TO DEFEND GAL PAL'S SECURITY (irrational Rooty dodges compelling questions)

    12/10/2007 3:40:41 AM PST · by Liz · 45 replies · 285+ views
    MY POST ^ | By December 10, 2007 | DAPHNE RETTER and CARL CAMPANILE
    Giuliani stammered his way through a defense of tax dollars spent on a security detail for his girlfriend when he was New York's married mayor. "There were threats; they had to be responded to," Giuliani told NBC's "Meet the Press"....."Judith didn't particularly want it, but it was done because they took the view that it was serious and it had to be done this way." Giuliani has been dogged about how much his extramarital affair cost the city.
  • 9/11 Firefighters and Family Members Plot Anti-Giuliani Ad Campaign [MUST READ]

    11/18/2007 8:28:46 AM PST · by perfect_rovian_storm · 159 replies · 1,279+ views
    ABC News ^ | Nov. 17, 2007 | TAHMAN BRADLEY
    A group of 9/11 firefighters and victims' family members with eyes on derailing Republican Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign is close to a decision on forming an entity that would run issue ads in key early nominating states. "TV made him a hero, and we'll use TV to take him down," New York Fire Chief Jim Riches told ABC News. The final decision about the formation of an outside entity will happen sometime within the next few weeks after the group finalizes its plans at a meeting scheduled for after Thanksgiving. So far, though, under Riches' leadership, the group has sought...
  • Rudy Giuliani acknowledges flaws in first TV ad [Doesn't address Kerik or reputed mob ties]

    11/15/2007 7:25:12 AM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 34 replies · 54+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 11/15/2007 | David Saltonstall
    Okay, so I'm not perfect. But I get results. That's the soft-selling pitch of Rudy Giuliani's first presidential TV ad, which will begin airing in New Hampshire Thursday, weeks after some of his Republican rivals hit Granite State airwaves. The 60-second spot dwells on Giuliani's pre-9/11 success in driving down crime and welfare rolls as mayor. But in a veiled nod to 9/11 - as well as, perhaps, his messy personal life - Giuliani argues he has faced countless trials and still gotten results. "I've been tested in a way in which the American people can look to me," Giuliani...
  • Really really really good news for the GOP

    11/14/2007 5:27:25 AM PST · by connell · 62 replies · 75+ views
    ModernConservative.com ^ | Christopher Cook
    By Christopher Cook Let's face it folks, the country is in a weird mood right now. The left's incessant, squalling permatantrumâ„¢ has made people unhappy, jittery, and willing to consider hating whoever and whatever the left hates. That means the GOP. So, how does this anti-GOP mood play out in 2008?It may all depend on one thing: Michael Bloomberg. There were some rumors a while back that he might make a third party run for the presidency, and in my view, that would likely spell doom for the GOP. Here's how:He's an independent, which means he could capitalize on the...
  • The Charisma Of Courage (Positive article on Rudy)

    11/13/2007 9:10:14 AM PST · by Signalman · 15 replies · 402+ views
    HughHewitt/Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2007 | Hugh Hewitt
    Louis Freeh would go on to become director of the FBI in the1990s, but back then he ran the organized crime unit under Giuliani. He said, "Rudy's security was a serious issue. "We would sit down with him and sort of give him a security plan or advise him that he ought to have a bodyguard when he traveled around," said Freeh. "He would listen to us as he always did very carefully and say, 'I don't want that. Our job here is to be U.S. attorneys and prosecutors and if we are walking around with bodyguards we are sending...
  • Rudy's Adoption Agenda and Proven Effectiveness

    11/05/2007 8:00:35 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 61 replies · 190+ views
    Townhall ^ | June 11, 2007 | By David Vitter & Theodore B. Olson
    We are conservatives who are proud to support Rudy Giuliani for president. We support Rudy because he is a strong leader -- a man of action and a man of his word. And a big part of that is his proven effectiveness -- his record of actually changing things for the better in concrete, measurable ways. A perfect example of his leadership and proven effectiveness is Rudy's record on adoption. Rudy Giuliani dramatically increased the number of adoptions in the New York City system as mayor. Adoptions skyrocketed 133% over his eight year tenure compared to the eight years before...
  • Minnesota Senator [Coleman] Backs Giuliani

    11/02/2007 9:24:27 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 11 replies · 64+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 1 Nov 07 | NewsMax.com
    Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman said Thursday he's backing Rudy Giuliani for president, throwing his support behind a fellow moderate Republican and former mayor. "The shared vision as mayor of getting things done, tied in with his strong stance on security, Rudy gets that," Coleman told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Thursday. "So you tie those two together and it's a pretty powerful combination." Coleman also called Giuliani "ultimately electable," a pitch that Giuliani has made throughout the campaign. The two men got to know each other when Coleman was mayor of St. Paul, Minn., and Giuliani was mayor...
  • Rudy a Lefty? Yeah, Right.

    10/28/2007 4:43:03 AM PDT · by libstripper · 197 replies · 106+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | October 28, 2007 | David Greenberg
    You wouldn't know it from reading the papers, but the favorite to win the Republican presidential nomination is a confirmed right-winger. On issues such as free speech and religion, secrecy and due process, civil rights and civil liberties, pornography and democracy, this moralist and self-styled lawman has exhibited all the key hallmarks of Bush-era conservatism. That candidate is Rudolph W. Giuliani. As any New Yorker can tell you, the last word anyone in the 1990s would have attached to the brash, furniture- breaking mayor was "liberal" -- and the second-to-last was "moderate." With his take-many-prisoners approach to crime and his...