November 25, 2007


Thompson Woos Gun Rights Contingent (MARC SANTORA, 11/25/07, NY Times)

Joe McCormick, a burly man over six feet tall, a World War II-era Mauser rifle at his side, said he was frightened.

“Giuliani scares me,” Mr. McCormick said of Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination. “What does a mayor of New York know about guns?”

Fred D. Thompson, who was about 30 yards away — just past the “Confederate Cutlery” collection of knives, fingering an M-1 rifle at the Land of Sky Gun Show here Saturday — was more his kind of candidate. [...]

While many of those interviewed here had not made up their minds, and could say little about where Mr. Thompson stood on issues beyond gun rights, there was a reservoir of good will for the fellow Southerner.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 25, 2007 6:12 AM

While Gov. of Arkansas, Huckabee was AGAINST proving citizenship in
order to register to vote. He called those who were in favor of this

Huckabee fought hard to kill an Arkansas bill which would have cut off
social services for illegal aliens. Huckabee called the bill,
“anti-Christian” and “un-American”...

Huckabee supported in-state tuition for illegal aliens...

Posted by: Bill Foster at November 25, 2007 11:46 AM

Ridiculous - Rudy is no more going to be a gun-grabbing President than Bill Clinton was a tax-cutter.

Going against the party on a fundamental issue (after election) is a quick way to political death - ask 41. Now 43 has had lower approval ratings for years (it seems), but he is in a much stronger position than his father ever was, no? In fact, he is stronger now than he was in 2005/6, when the GOP supposedly had a majority in Congress.

Is that flop-sweat we smell from Hanover?

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 25, 2007 2:10 PM

Exactly. Once elected Clinton reverted to form. As it happens, he's more conservative than Rudy.

Posted by: oj at November 25, 2007 3:01 PM

So where's the evidence that The Mayor will take any intitiative on any issue to do with guns? All he has to do is say that he'll oppose what the Dems cook up, based on the assumption that they'll go too far and assume he's one of them (as it appears the yahoos in New Hampshire already have) and he's in the clear. Its clowns like Huckabee or Keating-McCain, who once in office will take the intiaiative in trying to push for their expansionist pet projects who bother me.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 25, 2007 4:19 PM

He has a totalitarian personalty, such is always threatened by power in the hands of others, which is what guns provide.

Posted by: oj at November 25, 2007 6:26 PM

A totalitarian personality? Sounds like one of the psychiatrists who "analyzed" Goldwater in 1964.

But surely he is no more totalitarian than Hillary Clinton.

Which reminds me, if Rudy's raison d'etre is based on one day, so is hers - the day she said "I do". Everything else is just feather-bedding.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 26, 2007 1:29 AM

Absolutely not. Il Duce is an authoritarian personality, not a totalitarian. Big difference.

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 26, 2007 5:46 PM

Were he authoritarian he'd be a conservative. He's a totalitarian because he believes only in self.

Posted by: oj at November 26, 2007 8:34 PM