September 1, 2004


Giuliani, McCain give Bush what Kerry sorely lacks (LYNN SWEET, September 1, 2004, Chicago Sun-Times)

Rudy Giuliani's GOP convention stemwinder, a stirring argument to vote for President Bush and a blistering critique of John Kerry, was a coming of age for the former New York City mayor, thrust into the international limelight for his leadership following Sept. 11.

Giuliani electrified Madison Square Garden, commanding the stage Monday night after another one of the Republicans' most effective speakers, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), offered his testimonial to Bush, his 2000 presidential rival.

Bush is blessed to have two of the best political communicators in the business on his side.

Kerry, the Democratic Massachusetts senator, does not have the equivalent superstars in his party whom he can send anyplace in the United States and not worry that they may alienate more voters than they woo. Polls show that McCain and Giuliani are among the most popular political figures in the United States.

Some talking head was pestering Ralph Reed last night about how conservative Christians could stomach letting the moderates speak. He explained that when you're the majority party you end up containing diverse viewpoints. This is the fact of our politics that has yet to be processed--the Democrats have lost the majority status they enjoyed for seventy years and are now a narrow ideological rump group, held together--to the extent they are--only by kowtowing to special interest groups. This is best seen in the fact that, as Ms Sweet says, there is no moderate Democrat of any national repute to speak on Senator Kerry's behalf.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 1, 2004 10:56 AM

I'm sure Bill Clinton would, if he can just find an opening in his schedule. You know how it is now days with the Presidential library and book deals etc. Visit to the manicurist needs to be fit in. Some Dental work has been postponed, way too long.

But sure, soon as there is an opening.

Posted by: h-man at September 1, 2004 11:35 AM

Jim Bohanan asked Newt Gingrich the same question and pretty much got the same response Reed gave.

Posted by: Bartman at September 1, 2004 12:46 PM

I don't think Bill is really a moderate; he could pretend to be moderate pretty well, but he could just as quickly pretend to be a rabid socialist if he thought it would play well.

As to what he really is, well, that all depends on what the meaning of "is" is.

Posted by: Roy Jacobsen at September 1, 2004 3:29 PM