by dpANDREWS, Thu Jul 13, 2006 at 08:16:47 AM EDT
Nice to See Rudy G's ex has a new gig. Hanover handing out sex tips should make for some fun questioning during Rudy's campaign. I'm sure some of those family value voters in the south will want to know what types of tips she offered up to Rudy during their marriage.
by Scott Shields, Thu Mar 16, 2006 at 08:23:16 PM EST
In preparation for 2008, a great deal of mythology is going to be created for each potential candidate. But no candidate requires as much work as Rudy Giuliani. Most pressingly, he's got to prove to the Republican base that he is, in fact, a conservative. While he's certainly got the bad attitude and near-authoritarianism down pat, there are whole raft of other issues he and the Falwell crowd may not exactly see eye to eye on.
At The Fix, Chris Cillizza makes "The Case Against Rudy Giuliani," point out that he's got too much socially-liberal baggage -- pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, pro-gun control, etc. -- to win a Republican primary. This is something quite a few of us have been saying for a long time. But Paul Waldman of The Gadflyer takes exception to the back story Cillizza creates for Giuliani to explain these positions. I'd have to agree with Waldman -- it's pretty lame.
But being elected mayor in the Big Apple required Giuliani to adopt views on social issues -- he's pro-abortion rights, pro-gay marriage and pro-gun control -- to make himself an acceptable to his hometown's liberal-minded voters.
"...required Giuliani to adopt views"? What exactly does it mean when you "adopt" a view? Well, you take a view that's not your own, and make it your own.
Here's an idea: maybe Giuliani actually believes what he says he believes....
Now, Waldman and I come at this from slightly different perspectives. I don't think this is a case of Cillizza being cynical in assuming Giuliani "adopted" those views for political convenience. I think that's actually what Cillizza believes. After all, that's the mythology Giuliani's trying to build for himself.
Back in January, TIME documented Giuliani's efforts down South to suck up to figures on the religious right, like Pat Robertson and Ralph Reed. Last fall, Giuliani campaigned the fringe right candidate Charlie Winburn in the Cincinnati mayoral primary. After having vigorously described himself as pro-choice and pro-gay rights, that's a pretty wide swing.
Clearly, Cillizza's right that Giuliani's "adopted" some of his principles out of political expedience. Like Waldman though, it seems more likely to me the that it's the new Rudy Giuliani that's the front, not the old one. However, the most important point remains unchanged -- Rudy Giuliani has no trouble selling out his principles to get what he wants.
by Scott Shields, Thu Sep 08, 2005 at 03:11:17 PM EDT
As has been reported elsewhere repeatedly, Rudy Giuliani has endorsed extreme Christian Rightist Charlie Winburn for Mayor of Cincinnati
Republican mayoral candidate Charlie Winburn has been promising to do for Cincinnati what former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani did for his city.
In a visit to Cincinnati on Wednesday, Giuliani said Winburn is the guy to do it.
"I'm really impressed with Mr. Winburn," Giuliani said.
One wonders if it's Winburn's theories of governance such as this that so impress Rudy:
We Christians must clean up politics. It is our job to elect only born-again believers to public office. If office holders aren't Christian and refuse to obey the laws of God, we must work hard, under the law, to unseat them."
While a powerful bloc of the Republican base may think that it's their "job to elect only born-again believers," that's certainly not consistent with Rudy's history in politics. One wonders if Winburn would have supported Giuliani's candidacy for Mayor of New York. First of all, as a Roman Catholic, Rudy doesn't meet Winburn's most important born-again criteria. But some Catholic politicians like Rick Santorum certainly hew to the Christian Right's political line, so one can imagine Winburn overlooking the distinction.
Can endorsing a raft of far right candidates around the country help Giuliani erase his record of social liberalism in the eyes of the Winburn set? On the issues most important to them, probably not. In 1998, Giuliani signed into law one of the nation's first domestic partnership laws. In 1999, on CNN's 'Inside Politics,' Giuliani declared, "I'm pro-choice. I'm pro-gay rights." Those would seem to be definite sticking points.
In order to have a shot at winning the GOP nomination, this is exactly the kind of personal hypocrisy he'll need to engage in. Rather than engaging in debate about his differences with his party, Giuliani will suck up to any and every extremist candidate he can, trying to beef up his right wing credentials. Post-Bush, I'm starting to think that the Republican Party just might be willing to give him a pass if they think he can win. But this kind of flip-flopping will likely wreck his chances with moderates if he makes it to the general election.
by Colin N,
This Monday, August 21, 2006, moveon.org will be hosting a protest of John Sweeney's (R-NY-20) record on military affairs outside of his upcoming fundraiser with Rudy Giuliani at the home of corporate lobbyists Julie Chlopecki and David Fuscus in Saratoga Springs. (This diary also includes all of Sweeney's major votes against our troops and veterans)