May 12, 2007


Giuliani Takes On G.O.P. Orthodoxy on Social Issues (MARC SANTORA and ADAM NAGOURNEY, 5/12/07, NY Times)

Rudolph W. Giuliani directly challenged Republican orthodoxy on Friday, asserting that his support for abortion rights, gun control and gay rights should not disqualify him from winning the party’s presidential nomination.

He said that Republicans needed to be tolerant of dissenting views on those issues if they wanted to retain the White House.

People like him are the threat to Western Civilization that al Qaeda is not.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 12, 2007 12:00 AM

Huh???? If Republicans wanted liberal policies they'd vote Democrat.

I predict that Rudy will soon be replacing McCain as the MSM's favorite Republican.

Posted by: ray at May 12, 2007 9:25 AM

I've gotta echo Ray. What is it about the Stupid Party leadership that thinks that by offering to go halfway that they'll attract away from the Dems voters who want to go all the way? And not repel those who don't want to head in that direction at all? Who, exactly, is this supposed to appeal to?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at May 12, 2007 11:11 AM

Rudy is suffering from a New York style liberal wife and unless he wants divorce #3, he will toe the line on their holy of holies -- abortion.

Posted by: erp at May 12, 2007 11:46 AM

Wife? If he thought it would cure his cancer he'd rip the fetuses out and eat them.

Posted by: oj at May 12, 2007 12:02 PM

Ok, now you're just doing the South Park 'Chris
Reeve' parody. Rudy is partial to cops and guns, something his successor and suggested presidential
candidate Bloomberg (seriously what are they smoking; it can't be legal)clearly doesn't have.
He's closer to La Guardia than Lindsay, thank God; with a touch of Col. Strong (the last
authoritaritarian mayor of the 19th century.
Props to Caleb Carr's The Alienist.

Now McCain has a really checkered history with the pro-lifers (voting to censor their speech)
he's done an equally stupid thing restricting aggressive battlefield interrogations (something the troops clearly disagree with; with all due respect; General Petraeus)He's been good on the
Cuba issue, maybe because one of their Cuban
agents published his confession in Granma (republished by Cockburn, of course; hey isn't
that a violation of the Geneva conven. . .) but his attention span is a little unfocused. If he
floats Rudman for any of the top posts I'm
bailing out, for what it's worth. Thompson, seems
to talk a good game, but then his Knox Pooley,
Admiral Painter, and CIA Director Marshall seemed
real too.

Posted by: narciso at May 12, 2007 6:50 PM

There's a winning slogan: At least I'm better than Bloomberg!

Posted by: oj at May 12, 2007 9:57 PM

Kudos to "The Alienist"

Posted by: Phil at May 12, 2007 10:02 PM

Rudy has foundered, which is somewhat of a surprise. I read somewhere that he never talks to Republicans at large - that seems as good an explanation as any. If he really wanted to be President, he might have spent his time better touring the South, going to Baptist and Presby. churches, going to VFW posts, meeting with locals.

It seems he knows how to stuff the NYT, but he can't handle Chris Matthews and the rest of the screaming punditry.

Regarding OJ's comment - Rudy does remind one of Arlen Specter, doesn't he?

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 13, 2007 10:21 PM


Posted by: oj at May 14, 2007 6:34 AM