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Why Giuliani is a Candidate Worth Considering

At Townhall today I list a few reasons Rudy Giuliani is at the top of my list of candidates for 2008.

One of the biggest problems we face in America today is the willingness of too many to accept defeat and to blame America for the world's ills. On the subject of Iraq and the war on terror, this country is embroiled in a battle of wills and of philosophies unlike anything we have seen since The Cold War, and before that, the Vietnam War. Whether we decide to continue the fight or we decide to accept defeat will depend in large measure on whom we choose to lead for the next decade. The next presidential election will be incredibly pivotal.

There are a few traits the next president will need to possess to effectively lead. Rudy Giuliani has already exhibited many of them, having a proven track record, not only as the mayor of New York City, but also as a prosecutor.

Update: I am with Right Pundits on this one:
Lastly, let's give Rudy credit for NOT announcing his candidacy on YouTube! I'm sick of that gimmick already. No, John Edwards and Hillary Clinton, YouTube does not make you cool. It makes you look a little childish and entirely un-presidential. No more bubble gum hipsters during the War on Terror, please.

Update II: Newt has some good things to say about Rudy too.


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Perhaps you missed one of G... (Below threshold)
freetoken:

Perhaps you missed one of Giuliani's best strengths - his willingness to *engage* others in debate. He has appeared willing to work at changing the hearts and minds of others, to convince them of his positions. That is something Bush has always lacked - G.W.B. tends to state or decree, rather than build arguments and challenge his opponents' positions. Giuliani's experience of having to argue in front of court is a great asset in difficult times.

The problem will be those w... (Below threshold)
goddessoftheclassroom:

The problem will be those who will sacrifice the good in search of the perfect.

As long a Rudy promises to appoint conservative judges, I don't care what his past stance on abortion is.

With an anti-war Bush fatig... (Below threshold)
robert the original:

With an anti-war Bush fatigue climate, 2008 will likely be a very hard one to win.

The battle will be about the war and about the gender gap. With female gap voters, the choice/life issue is a main one and Hillary will exploit this to maximum advantage.

Against Rudy she will be less able to whip up fervor over "those patriarchs who are trying to control your life, girls. Are you with me?". I can almost hear it now.

On the war, the mainstream will still want someone to fight the terrorists, and Rudy is that.

freetoken,Good point... (Below threshold)
Lorie Byrd:

freetoken,
Good point. I could have included that in my paragraph about being a good communicator. The skills built arguing cases is definitely a huge asset, beyond just being a good speaker.

Giuliani is definitely a ca... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

Giuliani is definitely a candidate I will be watching. What I like most about him is that he is a straight forward man of action. I witnessed that first hand living in New York City throughout his mayorship.

Anyone know the last time t... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Anyone know the last time the United States elected an unemployed person as President?

freetoken:What are... (Below threshold)
haerer:

freetoken:

What are Guiliani's positions? Pro Gay Rights. Pro Choice (let's see how much he holds to the "promise" of appointing conservative judges to the Supreme Court). Make no mistake, Rudy Guliani is an East Coast liberal in conservative clothing. I find it really funny that the right is clinging to him as their best hope in '08 - it shows how much clout the far right has lost since the mid-term elections in November.

Like all candidates today (of either party), he'll say and do whatever it takes to get elected. That's called flip-flopping.

Rudy,as America's mayor, is... (Below threshold)
aRepukelican:

Rudy,as America's mayor, is mostly a dog and pony show. As Michael Atkinson writes, "After 9-11, a sick, scandalized lame-duck mayor became a national hero for simply keeping his composure on TV"

Jimmy Breslin writes, "And Guiliani walks on. He walks from his bunker, up Barclay Street and went on television. Went on and announced his heroism and then came back every hour or so until he became a star, a great figure, a national hero, the mayor who saved New York.
Most of this comes from these dazed Pekingese of the Press...Giuliani was a hero with these news people. He did not pick up a piece of steel or help carry one of the injured off."

Apart from the above, when the nation gets a look at Rudy's controversial history as NYC mayor and his rather seedy life style, the conservative base will choke hard over the thought of voting for this charlatan.

Why we need an alternative ... (Below threshold)

Why we need an alternative to Giuliani:

He favors gun control.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070211/ap_on_el_pr/on_the2008_trail

I see some trolls here. <br... (Below threshold)

I see some trolls here.
1) The fact that Rudy served in the Reagan Administration Justice Department will allow him to talk about the "legal" issues of the war on terror.
2) The fact that he took on the mafia, the liberal media, and the hustlers like Jackson and Sharpton show he won't back down from a fight.
3) He did govern in a conservative fiscal fashion a city that is larger than 7 states in the Union.

4) The fact that <a href="h... (Below threshold)
Lee:

4) The fact that he housed New York City's emergency command center in the World Trade Center, despite the earlier terrorists' attack on that complex, shows that he's not bright enough to be President.

I think we can say with som... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

I think we can say with some certainty that no one would have ever considered, nevermind planned for, the fact that the World Trade Center would be nothing more than a large pile of debris at 10AM on Septemeber 11th 2001.

Did you see that coming Lee? Neither did all the people that continued to work in that building despite the 1993 bombing and died for it. Not very bright people, eh?

Lee,Just to clarif... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

Lee,

Just to clarify, my last statement was a little cheap. I'm not trying to infer that you think those people weren't smart, just illustrate the point that most people hadn't considered that possibility before it happened.

LOL, heralder - usually you... (Below threshold)
Lee:

LOL, heralder - usually you are on fairly top of things, but you must be hanging out in Republican bars a lot lately.

Think about it - New York City's command center - and it's housed in a building complex that was in 1993 the single largest terrorists attack target in the U.S. what - the last century?

Rudy must have thought they'd never strike the same target twice. If so, Rudy is not very bright.

But I have no doubt that SOMEONE in Rudy's administration raised their hand and said -- "uh, Mr. Mayor - do you really think that's the best plan?"

Which would suggest that Rudy is really, really not very bright for ignoring the glaring and obvious.

The people who continued to work in the WTC ignored or dismissed the likelihood and potential for a return attack. Their choice.

We need a President who is smarter than that. Rudy ain't it.

They have Republican bars?!... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

They have Republican bars?! Not in New York City

:(

I'm reminded of a line from Good Will Hunting:

"So this is a Harvard bar? I though there'd be equations on the wall and shit."

Anyway, I disgree that it was a patently foolish plan. I'll meet you in the middle and go with "momentarily lacking foresight".

I'm not blind to Rudy's many downsides, but I did see a huge improvement here in the city during his mayorship...so I'll be watching him to see how he handles his campaign and what his broader views are.

One of the biggest probl... (Below threshold)
Brian:

One of the biggest problems we face in America today is the willingness of too many to accept defeat and to blame America for the world's ills.

No, one of the biggest problems we face in America today is the willingness of too many to recast criticism and opposition as wanting "defeat" and "blaming America".

On the subject of Iraq and the war on terror, this country is embroiled in a battle of wills and of philosophies unlike anything we have seen since The Cold War, and before that, the Vietnam War.

Yes, isn't that a wonderful thing?

Whether we decide to continue the fight or we decide to accept defeat

More false dichotomies from the right. Though I notice that "winning" isn't even one of your choices anymore. Now it's just all about "continuing the fight". At least you're finally admitting your true desire.

Rudy- The Great Humanitaria... (Below threshold)
aRepukelican:

Rudy- The Great Humanitarian--OINK! OINK! Check the vid at the link-

"Giuliani fee for speaking at tsunami charity: $100k, private jet "

"some are criticizing Giuliani for collecting speaking fees from charities. CNN reports on one appearance at a 2005 tsunami fundraiser for which Giuliani received $100,000, and also mentions a contract stipulation that the former New York City mayor be given the use of a "private aircraft -- must be a Gulfstream 4 or bigger."

I didn't know he lived wit... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

I didn't know he lived with 2 homosexuals for a year after divorcing his wife (not that there's anything wrong with that! Just a link teaser!) http://www.takimag.com/blogs/article/rudy_giuliani/

Wow, had marital problems, ... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

Wow, had marital problems, charged money for services, says things the left doesn't like? (to sum up the previous three posts)...what a slimeball.

Regardless of what you dig up, I'll say again: I've lived in the city in which he was a mayor and felt he did a good job of it. So he is a candidate I'll be watching.

Everyone have a good long weekend, see you on Tuesday.

If Giuliani is the best Rep... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

If Giuliani is the best Republican candidate then I'm going to become a Democrat for the primaries so that I can have some piddly say in who the next president is going to be. I doubt that Giuliani could beat anyone on the left who's currently in the race for the presidency. Rice would be a good candidate, but she's not interested in subjecting herself to the process, which proves how smart she is. If Republican want to keep the Presidency the rank and file are going to have to do the work and draft Rice. She'll automatically neutralize both the woman and black novelty advantage Hillary and Obama are relying on and she'll outsmart either or both of them in debates. If we can't get Rice then we should try talking Lieberman into running as an independent.

Mac Lorry: Novel idea! Jac... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Mac Lorry: Novel idea! Jack and Jill Negro meets Jewish Ham; hilarity ensues!




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