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Friday, July 13, 2007
The secret lives of candidates (Part 3)
Brixton Doyle
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Rudy Giuliani has turned his iconic status as "America's Mayor" into
quite a cash cow. Personal treasure from public disaster, or riding a gift horse?

Can a thrice-married, Roman-Catholic, socially left-of-center New
Yorker capture the presidency based on his 9-11 credentials?

What's your opinion?
I still don't get it - how exactly does being the Mayor of a city that received the worst terrorist attack in history qualify someone as an expert in fighting terrorism?

I don't think America is ready for a "thrice-married, Roman-Catholic, socially left-of-center New
Yorker" as President. More importantly, I don't think their in the mood for a Yankee fan!
Apologies to Mr. Doyle but this is the 3rd in the series of who really cares. The entire slate, both Democrats and Republicans is filled with the dregs of political life or the un-electable. Really, does anyone truly think he's got a shot? Come on, his connection to Bernard Kerik should rule him out. His unwillingness to work with anyone should rule him out.

Why is there never someone to vote for? It always seems like the least objectionable.
I'm not against Mr. Giuliani and I don't want to take away from his work after the 9/11 disaster. However, I don't think that will play a big role in people's minds during the next presidential election. Current issues will get the vote.
Can a thrice-married, Roman-Catholic, socially left-of-center New Yorker capture the presidency based on his 9-11 credentials?

What 9-11 credentials? That he was on TV when the city was attacked? The guy really has no such credentials, and has already burned through whatever boost he's going to get out of happening to be mayor of NY on that day. In my opinion, the only person saying anything remotely interesting is Ron Paul.
I lived in New York City for over 20 years, and as 9/11 began to unfold and the buildings began to burn I wondered, "Where's the mayor?" It took him a while to show up because he insisted, against his experts' advice, that his emergency command center be located in the World Trade Center. Then, next day, he wowed the media by suggesting that we get on with our lives, go shopping etcetera. That he should be called a 9/11 hero is on a level with Kissinger getting the Nobel Peace prize. His record is one of right-wing, faux law & order, anti-democratic bullying. I'd say he has a great chance.
Former mayor and federal prosecutor Rudy Giuliani may be riding the top of the polls now on his 911 carpet, but I hope Americans, and Republicans in particular, will see through his monotone message before the primaries. Mr. Giuliani is a crass opportunist, evidenced as early as his switch to the Republican party, on the coattails of Reagan popularity, in order to get his federal appointment. Avoiding service on the 911 panel to garner millions of $$'s, is OK, but that's not the kind of person I want as president. If lying/cheating to a person one has sworn to love, honor and respect, where does that leave the rest of us? If one is a christian, can one accept that or his wiggly stand on abortion? How about gun control? Do you think NRA'ers could endorse him? He still wants to pursue the same foreign policy as we have now. Really? Given his embattled administrative record in NY City Hall, do we want another divisive four or more years of a gov't stymied, merely passing unbinding resolutions, yet not dealing with immigration, SS, etc.? I think Americans are smarter than that. I think Americans see through the fa├žade of Rudy, and all the front runners. The lights are on and the microphones are hot. Activist are moving now. The rest will activate when their busy daily lives allow them, just in time for the primaries and caucuses. And the surprise winner will be Liberty. And he has two first names.
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