Friday, August 10

Political Potpourri

It has started.

The campaign of Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards accused former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) of taking “every opportunity to exploit the memory of 9/11 for political gain.”

The statement from Edwards’s campaign manager David Bonior, a former congressman from Michigan, came in response to Giuliani’s statement that he “was at ground zero as often, if not more, than most of the workers."

“Evidently, Rudy Giuliani has taken a break from reality,” Bonior said. “It is outrageous for Giuliani to suggest, in any way, shape or form, that he did more at ground zero or spent more time there than the brave first responders who worked tirelessly around the clock for many months during the rescue and recovery operation.”

The Giuliani campaign reacted with an equally strong statement.

“For John Edwards to lecture Rudy Giuliani about September 11th is laughable at best," said Katie Levinson, Communications Director for the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee. “This is, after all, the same guy who thinks the War on Terror is simply a ‘bumper sticker.’”

Isn't that a classic case of the kettle calling the pot black? The swiftboats are swooping in and have just landed. Not a minute too late, I should add.

Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani said Friday that he misspoke when he said he spent as much time, if not more, at ground zero exposed to the same health risks as workers combing the site after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The former New York mayor struck a nerve with firefighters and police officers when he said Thursday in Cincinnati that he was at ground zero "as often, if not more, than most of the workers."

"I have a real problem with that statement," said Battalion Chief John McDonnell, head of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association in New York. "I think he's really grasping and trying to justify his previous attempts to portray himself as the hero of 9/11."

Does Rudy have anything other than 9/11 on which to run a campaign? Not really.

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Tomorrow is the big Ames Straw Poll for the presidential candidates. Historically whoever wins it goes on to do well. It doesn't have any official consequences, but a few of the candidates that take the bottom spots are expected to pull out of the race and lighten the field.

The big candidates, McCain, Guiliani, and Fred Thompson aren't actively out in Iowa, only Mitt is. I'm sure the Iowans will remember that when the time comes. If you go on his website, his campaign, to which he gave $9 million, will buy you transportation and a $35 ticket to vote in it. In contrast common folk people are buying Iowans tickets to vote for Ron Paul.

I hope Ron Paul at least places in the middle; he might get as high as 2nd, behind Mitt. I guess what people don't understand is that he's trying to help you, not himself like most other politicians nowadays. A Ron Paul government would want to neither run your life nor your money. He's got a 20 year congressional record backing him up. He's hasn't flip-flopped and he's never voted to raise taxes. The lobbyists don't even bother trying to sway him. Since he's against the war he's the black sheep of the GOP, but does anyone think that a pro-war candidate can actually win the election?

Who will drop out? It's definitely make or break for Tommy Thompson. I hear he's spent all of his time there campaigning from county to county. Overall, he's making a surprisingly little splash. I think this might be the last hurrah of Hunter and Tancredo. Huckabee's been doing well, but still not good. Brownback is somewhere in between them. Nothing out of the McCain camp lately...

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Congratulations! Your money is worth less today!

Since some people at some banks made some bad loans the Fed had to throw money at them today so they don't start to tank. Today it "infused" just an emergency $38 billion into the markets today, after $24 billion yesterday. According to the Fed there's already approximately $783.5 billion floating around out there. That's a total of 7.9% over the last two days. Expect inflation as this extra money works its way through the market.


Tim said...

Does Rudy have anything other than 9/11 on which to run a campaign? Not really.

I think this comment on Giuliani Mike is heresy. Arguably, he is probably the most accomplished politician in the race from either party.

*welfare rolls went down 58% in NYC over his tenure
*turned a 2.3 billion dollar deficit into a surplus
*cut/eliminated 23 taxes
*most importantly, pissed off liberals in the city all the time

If you don't like the way he politicizes 9-11 and how some of his policies could be seen as violating civil are not alone. But I do not think you should dismiss his candidacy. Face the facts, Ron Paul won't be a major contender in the primaries or general election, no matter how great he would be in the White House. I think Giuliani could be a great leader as well as help reduce bureaucracy and size of govt.

Mike said...

He ought to play up those things then instead of terrorism.

Regardless, I still support Ron Paul. We're early in the season--14 months away. If people are just going to cling to the most popular person from the beginning, then what's even the point of this drawn out process?

Tim said...

Understandable, I'm not a fan of the politics of fear either...whether it be terrorism, global warming, or whatever cause.

If Paul gets significant support and finishes in the top 3 in either IA or NH, I will vote for him...but if he doesn't like I expect, I'm most likely either going to vote for Giuliani or Romney.

Erik Opsal said...

Tim, Mike is right. Rudy doesn't have anything to run on besides 9/11. And considering he was on a committee for the 9/11 Commission and failed to show up for any of the meetings (he had speaking engagements) and was then forced to resign, I can't see how this is legitimate.

Add in this case where he "misspoke" and it's obvious he's stretching this. Too many people have been coming out against him and the way he handled 9/11 for him to ultimately succeed.

He said he lowered crime in NYC? Well guess what Rudy, crime went down everywhere when you were mayor, so don't feel so special.

Mike said...

I blogged about why I don't like Rudy back in July. It's mainly because he's said stuff like this: "We see only the oppressive side of authority. Maybe it comes out of our history and our background. What we don't see is that freedom is not a concept in which people can do anything they want, be anything they can be. Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do."

That is most definitely not what freedom is. Tim, I don't mean this as a personal attack but your zeal for him doesn't add up. You list yourself as a libertarian (I do as well) and having majored in economics on facebook and, as far as I can tell, he's the most authoritarian candidate out of the Republicans. As I remember he would have gone down as a mediocre mayor but 9/11 happened in his final months and turned everything around for him.

Tim said...

You list yourself as a libertarian (I do as well) and having majored in economics on facebook and, as far as I can tell, he's the most authoritarian candidate out of the Republicans...

I think we're talking two different aspects of libertarianism here. First off, Rudy does trend economically libertarian. He supports supply-side tax cuts, he eliminated govt payroll in NYC by 19% (he proposes to cut federal civil servants by not rehiring), and also is a strong advocate of educational vouchers. He also supports fairly open immigration. He may not be talking about getting rid of whole departments (Paul) but he is talking major reductions in the size of the federal government.

Personally, I am mainly an economic libertarian though I do generally support civil libertarian measures as well (just not w/ as much vigor). I feel that the govt's role in our society is much stronger on the economic side than social/civil side.

Rudy is not really a civil libertarian. He advocated fairly intrusive measures, advocated censorship (pornographic art) on occasion, and supports a national ID card for immmigrants.

Rudy however is fairly socially libertarian given his support of civil unions, his support of abortion rights (libertarians do differ on life issues), etc.

You may believe the Rudy is authoritarian in some respects. I agree with you guys. However overall, I belive that he is fairly libertarian on a number of issues.

Disagree with his rhetoric Mike. I am not telling you to agree with it. Just remember, his record in NYC is one of reducing bureaucracy and taxes, reducing welfare, and cutting crime rates (all of this in NYC). He was not a mediocre mayor by his record.

If you guys need another libertarian leaning individual who does at least respect Giuliani, talk to David L.