So what is Rudy’s claim to fame? He was a great leader during 09/11. Sure, there’s his record on crime and taxes, but 09/11 is what made him TIME MAGAZINE’S “Person of the Year.”
Sure, he was on the scene during New York’s (and America’s) darkest moment. He gave plenty of moving speeches at plenty or press conferences.
At the risk of sounding snide, I have to ask, so what?
If that’s the criteria, then New York’s fire chief, police chief, or even a street cop would qualify for the presidential nomination. There were countless heroes in New York on that horrible day, but most of them didn’t have the ability to call press conferences and preen before news cameras before a worldwide audience. If anything, I personally resent the fact that Guilliani is exploiting 09/11 to seek a higher political office.
Just what is wrong with today’s conservative Republicans? In the 1990’s, they looked upon Bill Clinton with contempt for his extra marital activities in the oval office. And they should have. But now the Republican front runner for ’08 is a known philanderer who cheated on his wife with a woman who worked for him. Liberals will point out the obvious hypocrisy here, as well they should. Conservatives who try to defend him will end up looking ridiculous for doing so.
But all is not lost. Amanda B. Carpenter of Human Events noted Rudy’s silly performance at the most recent CPAC conference. It’s delightful to know that someone important is speaking the truth about this man:
So, who did Rudy spend his whole speech talking about? Duh, Ronald Reagan. Without reviewing my notes there were at least 5 direct quotes. “Peace through strength” was the Reagan line Rudy kept regurgitating.
He didn’t talk about marriage, he didn’t talk about abortion and he didn’t talk about judges.
Namely, he stayed far, far away from everything conservatives question him about.
Much can change between now and the Republican primaries.
Let’s hope that Rudy slips down… and eventually out.
–Chad E. Rogers