Jun 182008

This just gets more fun by the day.

From an AP report today:

“The Democrats want to go back to a pre-September 11th view of terrorism … The Democrats, led by Barack Obama, want to go back to being on defense,” Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor and top McCain surrogate said Wednesday, a day after McCain’s campaign claimed Obama is naive and “a perfect manifestation a September 10th mind-set.”

So suddenly Rudy Giuliani has become Johnny’s McCain’s top surrogate on national security?

Let’s go back and see what Johnny had to say about Rudy in September of last year

“I think the nation respects the mayor’s leadership after 9/11, and I do, too, and I think he displayed leadership at a time that Americans needed some steady hand, and I think that his conduct was very laudatory following 9/11,” Mr. McCain said, when asked why so many voters identify Mr. Giuliani with the issue of terrorism.

But he went on to say: “I don’t think it translates, necessarily, into foreign policy or national security expertise. I know of nothing in his background that indicates that he has any experience in it, with him or Romney.”

And we know of nothing, Senator McCain, that would indicate that you have any experience in it, either. Unless, of course, four and a half years spent in a prisoner of war camp count as national security experience. We think that’s laudatory and all, but it does not quite translate.

On another note, is it just me or is it becoming more and more obvious that Mr. McCain is having difficulty remembering what he said in the recent past? Either his memory is slipping or he’s a lying political opportunist. In either case, I don’t think we want to entrust him with the highest office in the land… particularly after we are just finishing up with another lying political opportunist in that position.

Feb 102008

Huckabee: I don’t want to be vice president

John McCain and Rudy Giuliani
John McCain and Rudy Giuliani

How does being vice president sound? Republican presidential contender Mike Huckabee on Sunday called it the office that no one would refuse but also one that he doesn’t want or expect.

“No I really don’t,” the former Arkansas governor said when asked if he wanted to be vice president — assuming that Republican front-runner Sen. John McCain won the November election.

“I’m not going to be asked. It’s pretty evident that there would be a whole lot of people on the list long before me and one of them would say yes,” he added.

I don’t think he needs to worry. It’s going to be a McCain/Giuliani ticket. No doubt about it. (McCain would do it, too, just to piss off the righties more than they already are.)

Jan 302008

Both John Edwards and Rudy Giuliani will be exiting the presidential race today. We knew last night that Giuliani was quitting, but Mr. Edwards comes as a bit of a surprise. Of the two, he is the one I am sorry to see leave. I thought he would stick it out at least through Super Tuesday.

Edwards to Quit Presidential Race

John Edwards
John Edwards

DENVER (AP) – Democrat John Edwards is exiting the presidential race Wednesday, ending a scrappy underdog bid in which he steered his rivals toward progressive ideals while grappling with family hardship that roused voters’ sympathies, The Associated Press has learned.

The two-time White House candidate notified a close circle of senior advisers that he planned to make the announcement at a 1 p.m. EST event in New Orleans that had been billed as a speech on poverty, according to two aides. The decision came after Edwards lost the four states to hold nominating contests so far to rivals who stole the spotlight from the beginning – Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.

The former North Carolina senator will not immediately endorse either candidate in what is now a two-person race for the Democratic nomination, said one adviser, who spoke on condition of anonymity in advance of the announcement. Clinton said Wednesday that Edwards called her to inform her about his decision.[..]

John and Elizabeth
John and Elizabeth

Edwards waged a spirited top-tier campaign against the two better-funded rivals, even as he dealt with the stunning blow of his wife’s recurring cancer diagnosis. In a dramatic news conference last March, the couple announced that the breast cancer that she thought she had beaten had returned, but they would continue the campaign.

Their decision sparked a debate about family duty and public service. But Elizabeth Edwards remained a forceful advocate for her husband, and she was often surrounded at campaign events by well-wishers and emotional survivors cheering her on.

Edwards planned to announce his campaign was ending with his wife and three children at his side. Then he planned to work with Habitat for Humanity at the volunteer-fueled rebuilding project Musicians’ Village, the adviser said.

With that, Edwards’ campaign will end the way it began 13 months ago – with the candidate pitching in to rebuild lives in a city still ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Edwards embraced New Orleans as a glaring symbol of what he described as a Washington that didn’t hear the cries of the downtrodden.

Remarks of John Edwards Today in New Orleans:

This second story comes as no surprise whatsoever. Rudy Giuliani was considered the frontrunner for the Republican nomination until he started campaigning and people got to know him. The more they saw him, the less they liked him.

Giuliani to Exit Presidential Race Today

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Rudy Giuliani told supporters Wednesday he’s abandoning his bid for president and backing Republican rival and longtime friend John McCain.

“I spoke with Rudy Giuliani this morning and he confirmed that he is dropping out of the race and will endorse Senator John McCain for president,” New York Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno said in a statement.

Once the Republican presidential front-runner, Giuliani suffered a debilitating defeat in Tuesday’s Florida primary.

The former mayor finished a distant third to the winner, McCain, and close second-place finisher Mitt Romney. After the results, Republican officials had said Giuliani would endorse McCain on Wednesday in California.

Jan 282008

I’m sure you’ve seen this by now:

Breaking News: Rudy Giuliani hints at dropping out

Rudy Giuliani
Rudy Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani appears to be pondering an end to his long pursuit of the Republican presidential nomination.

In a meeting in the back of his chartered plane en route to St. Petersburg, Fla., a short while ago, the onetime, longtime GOP front-runner told a small group of reporters, including The Times’ Louise Roug: “The winner of Florida will win the nomination.”

He then went on to predict he would win. And his spokeswoman, Maria Comella, said later he was speaking with confidence.

But that’s an unusually categorical statement suggesting that only a total first-place upset by Giuliani, who trails both Mitt Romney and John McCain in all major polls for Florida’s Republican primary tomorrow, will keep him in the competition, despite previous repeated vows to continue.

Giuliani’s campaign, which led in national polls when it began and stayed there for many months, is showing signs of serious financial fatigue. This month his top staffers are foregoing their paychecks so the maximum amount of money can be invested to salvage his political fortunes in the Sunshine State, which was where Giuliani’s late-state strategy was to kick into high gear.

So far, he’s yet to finish first anywhere and ended up behind Rep. Ron Paul in Iowa and Nevada.

In his meeting with reporters today, Giuliani added that, no matter what happens Tuesday, he definitely would participate in the Republican debate co-sponsored by The Times on Wednesday at the Reagan Library.

Mr. Giuliani does not stand a chance of winning the Florida Republican primary tomorrow, barring some unforeseen miracle. Miracles are, unfortunately, the domain of Mike Huckabee. Right now, it appears that Huck and Rudy will battle it out for third place.

My prediction: we’ll see a rather lackluster performance from America’s mayor in Wednesday evening’s debate followed by an announcement of his withdrawal on Thursday morning.

If Giuliani had really wanted to be President, he should have challenged George W. Bush in 2004. We are now too far removed from 9/11. His alleged heroics on that date were the only thing he had going for him. He waited four years too many.

Poor Rudy. He really thought it was his time. It wasn’t. He should have struck while the iron was hot.

Jan 022008

Televangelist and Rudy Giuliani supporter Pat Robertson has released his predictions (given to him by God) for 2008…

Evangelist mum on who’ll win 2008 race

Rudy Giuliani and Pat Robertson
Rudy Giuliani and Pat Robertson

NORFOLK, Va. — Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson said Wednesday that 2008 will be a year of violence worldwide and a recession in the United States, followed by a major stock-market crash by 2010.

Praying about events in the coming year and sharing what he believes God has told him is an annual tradition for Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network.

“The Lord was saying that there’s going to be violence and chaos in the world,” Robertson said on his “700 Club” news-and-talk show.

“We’ve just begun to see what’s going to happen, and the nations are going to be convulsed with violence,” he said, citing as an example unrest in Pakistan after the death of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Evangelism will increase because more people are going to be seeking God as the chaos develops, he said.

“We will see the presence of angels and we will see an intensification of miracles around the world, which I think is going to be a wonderful thing,” he said.

He also predicted that there will be a recession, oil will reach $150 a barrel and the U.S. dollar will continue to fall. He added that there will be a major stock-market crash in 2009 or 2010.

Robertson’s past predictions have included presidential politics; in 2004 he said God told him President Bush would be re-elected in a blowout. He declined Wednesday to say who will win the 2008 race.

“I’ll just keep that to myself and look with horror at what may be happening,” he said with a laugh.

Quite the optimist, isn’t he? It’s easy to see how he and Rudy (see previous post) can be so close.

Remember, this is the same genius who agreed with Jerry Falwell when he said that “the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians” were responsible for the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Our Republicans are just a barrel of laughs, aren’t they?

Jan 022008

Scared yet? Watch this latest TV ad from Rudy Giuliani and you will be…

Like his mentor George W. Bush, he really has nothing else. Suddenly and miraculously they both became experts on terrorism on September 12, 2001.

Bush and Giuliani want you to be afraid. It’s their lifeblood. In order for either of them to reach the pinnacle of power for which they strive, you must live in absolute fear every moment of every day.

I don’t know about you, but I refuse to live my life that way.

Dec 272007

I hope the Republicans are listening to me. Are you, Republicans? Since it is so vitally important that a Democrat move into the White House in January of 2009, I have ranked the top four Republican candidates (in my opinion) in the order in which I believe they would most easily be defeated by the Democrats (any Democrat):

  1. Mike Huckabee
  2. Rudy Giuliani
  3. Mitt Romney
  4. John McCain

I realize there are other Republicans in the running, but I don’t believe they will be after next week’s Iowa caucuses.

Number two, Rudy Giuliani, is starting a new TV campaign tomorrow. He’s returning to the only thing he has going for him, 9/11 (and he really doesn’t even have that)…

The old Republican mantra: “Vote for me or die.” Somehow I don’t think it’s going to work quite so well this time around. People, thankfully, are starting to wise up.

Dec 242007

Is it good or bad when you have to take time out of your presidential campaign to assure people that you do not have cancer?

Rudy Giuliani: I Don’t Have Cancer

Rudy Giulani
Rudy Giulani

ABC News’ Jennifer Parker Reports: Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani said Monday he has seen his medical test results and is in good health and has not had a recurrence of cancer.

“I’m perfectly healthy. I don’t have cancer,” Giuliani told reporters after reading a Christmas story to children in Harlem at New York’s Hale House, a residence for needy children.

The former New York mayor said his doctor was taking some time off for the holidays, but that he would be putting out a report about Giuliani’s health perhaps next week.

Giuliani was hospitalized in Missouri last week after suffering a headache he described as “worse than I’ve ever had.”

He was in pain so severe his campaign plane turned back less than 10 minutes after takeoff.

The former New York mayor, who had prostate cancer seven years ago, was back campaigning in New Hampshire over the weekend.

Which brings us to my choice for “YouTube Clip of 2007…”

While we’re on the subject of YouTube videos, Rudy has changed his holiday message video. He took the fruitcake out. Now instead of giving everyone a fruitcake, he wants all the presidential candidates to get along. View new video here. (One can hardly blame him for wishing that all the presidential candidates would get along after that direct hit he took from Senator Biden.)

See also: “Giuliani hits a rocky stretch as voting nears.”

Dec 202007

If you thought the administration of George W. Bush was good at keeping secrets, wait until you get a load of Rudy Giuliani’s…

Giuliani’s Mayoralty Shrouded In Secrecy

Rudy Giuliani
Rudy Giuliani

(AP) When a mayor of New York leaves office, little goes out the door but memories – unless he’s Rudy Giuliani.

Government rules discourage the city’s most powerful officeholder from departing with more than token gifts collected on the job. Ed Koch, mayor from 1978 to 1989, recalls keeping some neckties. His successor, David Dinkins, walked away with knickknacks from his desk, including a crystal tennis ball and a collection of photographs documenting his meetings with celebrities and business icons.

When Giuliani stepped down, he needed a warehouse.

Under an unprecedented agreement that didn’t become public until after he left office, Giuliani secreted out of City Hall the written, photographic and electronic record of his eight years in office – more than 2,000 boxes.

Along with his own files, the trove included the official records of Giuliani’s deputy mayors, his chief of staff, his travel office and Gracie Mansion – the mayor’s residence that became a legal battlefront during his caustic divorce…

In the name of heightened security, Giuliani all but cut off public access to the steps of City Hall, long a civic soapbox. New security cameras scanned anyone entering or leaving the building and kept watch on the grounds. Rules were eased somewhat after a judge found that the city had unfairly restricted access…

AIDS demonstrators were forced to hold a City Hall protest in a steel pen, as police sharpshooters patrolled the roof, an NYPD helicopter thumped overhead, and dozens of police kept watch on foot and motorcycles. Giuliani called the extraordinary security justified.

If you’ve enjoyed Bush, you’re gonna love Giuliani.