Giulliani: The Worst Candidate For America

Who would support Rudy Giulliani?

I know he tends to do rather well in the polls, but seriously.  This man is substantively worse than Bush.  That takes a lot.  Whether you look to the right or the left, he seems to have more than his share of detractors.  Sometimes these are high profile detractors who absolutely tear him into the shreds he’d make of our constitution (Matt Tiabi of Rolling Stone via Century of the Common Iowan):

Rudy giuliani is a true American hero, and we know this because he does all the things we expect of heroes these days — like make $16 million a year, and lobby for Hugo Chávez and Rupert Murdoch, and promote wars without ever having served in the military, and hire a lawyer to call his second wife a “stuck pig,” and organize absurd, grandstanding pogroms against minor foreign artists, and generally drift through life being a shameless opportunist with an outsize ego who doesn’t even bother to conceal the fact that he’s had a hard-on for the presidency since he was in diapers. In the media age, we can’t have a hero humble enough to actually be one; what is needed is a tireless scoundrel, a cad willing to pose all day long for photos, who’ll accept $100,000 to talk about heroism for an hour, who has the balls to take a $2.7 million advance to write a book about himself called Leadership. That’s Rudy Giuliani. Our hero. And a perfect choice to uphold the legacy of George W. Bush.

Wow that’s harsh!  And its all the better since it is dead on accurate.  But wait, there’s more!

Yes, Rudy is smarter than Bush. But his political strength — and he knows it — comes from America’s unrelenting passion for never bothering to take that extra step to figure shit out.

This one line is a blistering criticism of American politics.  And its aimed right at one of its most deserving beneficiaries.

Those supporters he does attract buy right into the fearmongering Rudy has implemented in place of a campaign strategy. (The Amboy Times):

Clinton didn’t “get it” after the first WTC attack, and today’s dems still don’t get it after 9/11. While the President tries to focus on fighting AQ, the left has focused on Gitmo, undoing the Patriot Act, surrender in Iraq, and sensativity towards Muslims. The Dems want to stop terrorism, they really do, but they’re not willing to risk losing any troops, opposing Islamic dictatorships, or basicly offending anyone.

Rudy Giuliani said if a Democrat is elected president in 2008, America will be at risk for another terrorist attack on the scale of Sept. 11, 2001.

But if a Republican is elected, he said, especially if it is him, terrorist attacks can be anticipated and stopped.

One should expect such grade A bullshit from a front-runner, but even so!   If Fred Thompson is Bush’s heir apparent, Giulliani is the rabid younger prince straining for the throne.  Given his abysmal record on civil liberties, the war, and by extension our national security, a Rudy candidacy would be one in which we’d expect a lot of blood.  The blood of protesters.  The blood of our soldiers.  The blood of those our nation invades, tortures, and kills.

More than any other candidate, Rudy Giulliani is the Caligula in this race.  While other candidates may have positions you disagree with, Rudy fundamentally represents the anti-thesis of American democracy (Glenn Greenwald) :

Now, NR‘s Rich Lowry, who attended a Giuliani event in New Hampshire last night, reveals statements made by Giuliani explaining his views of presidential war powers that are at least as extremist and disturbing as the ones revealed this weekend:

Rudy to Bush: Ignore Congress? Rudy was asked about the Iraq supplemental. He said he finds it “irresponsible and dangerous.” Then he began to muse about, after a veto, “would the president have the constitutional authority to support them [the troops], anyway?” He said he’s a lawyer so he wouldn’t offer an opinion “off the top of his head,” then he proceeded to do just that.

He seemed to suggest that Bush could fund the Iraq war without Congress providing funding, but it was confusing. In an interview with a New Hampshire TV reporter after his remarks, he seemed more categorical and said, since the war had been authorized by Congress, the president has “the inherent authority to support the troops.” But he added, “You have to ask a constitutional lawyer.”

It really should go without saying that (as even Bush supporter Rich Lowry recognizes) these comments ought to be a major media story. One could even argue that, standing alone, they are office-disqualifying. Particularly in light of Giuliani’s belief in process-less arrest of American citizens, this really is a complete repudiation of how our government works, of the most basic and unquestioned constitutional principles of our republic. Literally.

The Giulliani candidacy might as well make its slogan “America, you’re under arrest“.

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6 Responses

  1. I cannot read enough negative commentary on RG. Seriously, who’s supporting this guy? Although, honestly, if he did, by some freak anti-miracle get elected, I don’t think most of America would sit back and abide his fascist policies the way thaey sat back and swallowed all the crap that Bush shot us. Much of Bush’s “success” was based on the political savvy of the boys and girls he hired to advise him: the Rumsfeld’s, Cheney’s, and Rove’s. As a congressperson you _might_ have been wise to give some leeway to a Bush. You don’t have to bend over for a Giuliani.

  2. Read the spin on this guy when we had a sign wave in NH recently which may explain the illusion that he has support:

    http://campaignsandelections.com/NH/articles/?ID=382

    Here is what I wrote to the reporter:

    “Ron Paul Has Small But Devoted Following” by Beth LaMontagne

    Beth put a little bit of spin on that, since there are far more than 10 supporters in NH of Dr. Paul. We usually can get up to 400 out at any one time, as we did for the debate on June 5th, more than any other candidate, R or D. CNN cut us out of their picture of the rally goers of course.

    Paul in fact won the last straw poll here with 65%, with none of the others even coming close. He also has surpassed McCain in general fundraising and leads everyone in NH fundraising on the GOP side.

    She also failed to mention that those well-dressed people going into the Giuliani event were only in about the number of 20, which is just about what Rudy got on the straw poll.

    That puts the 10 sign wavers in a bit of a different perspective when you consider that sign waves are short notice, weeknight events.

    Isn’t it amazing what a bit of twisting the press can do to color the real facts?

    The title should have been, “Ron Paul Has Large and Devoted Following”.

    Please refer to this YouTube video:

    Conclusion: Ron Paul has large, devoted following
    The media are nothing but liars working for an agenda

  3. He just has a lot of money, so people (old media turkeys) think he’s “credible.” And it’s been sadly true that he who has the most money generally wins.

    I love his quote, “Freedom is about authority.” It’s like he is made of Anti-matter, he is an Anti-American. I would not mourn his loss, that is for certain – perhaps his next incarnation will do better.

  4. JimPanzee,
    I doubt he would have trouble finding people to package his fascism into patriotic little bites for America to swallow. I do have a hunch that much of the time, where Bush does, he wouldn’t even bother to spin. He’d just act.
    I hope he never gets close to winning, but if he does, that we the people are strong enough to oppose what will surely be the most egregious power grab in US history. And I’m saying that with George W Bush in office!

    NH,
    Playing with rally numbers is an old media game. The media is spinning Ron Paul down, and Rudy up. Perhaps because a Rudy run would be incredibly entertaining and lucrative from their point of view. I mean, the skeletons in this guys closet that we’ve found just up to this point. If I were an investigative reporter, I’d be drooling.

    (Of course, that article you linked to mentions Giuliani *twice*, and Ron Paul four times. Its largely about Ron Paul (as is your comment).)

    Bret,
    Its not just the money. He successfully sold himself as “The Mayor of 9/11”. Now people are paying attention to what he did before 9/11, what he did during, and what he is doing and saying now. Thompson is going to bite into his support, badly.

    That is a choice quote! Far far better than “There ought to be limits to freedom” from Bush, and a great representation of how far beyond Bush down the authoritarian line Giuliani stands.

    I hope he does lose in the election, but after that, he’ll have a hell of a time reinventing himself if he chooses to pursue another public office. Good people will continue to hold his feet to the fire.

  5. Have you seen “Giuliani Time?” Rent it or get it from Netflix if you haven’t. As far as the Constitution goes, he’s worse than Bush.

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