Friday, September 14, 2007

Rudy Raises Money and Eats Red Meat in Tulsa

Republican presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was in T-Town today, eating red meat at Steak Stuffers and raising money at the Summit Club.

Continuing the "red meat" theme, Channel 2 reported that America's Mayor criticized fellow New Yorker Hillary Clinton. According to the station, Giuliani "accused Clinton of attacking the character of Iraq War Commander General David Petraeus."

Well of course. There's nothing Oklahoma Republicans like more than beating up on Hillary.

But one of the Tulsa Republicans might want to ask Rudy to explain how his views on abortion and immigration square with those of the local party. Last time we checked, Rudy's views were far to the left of the Tulsa County Republican Party.

Somebody's got some explaining to do.


Tulsan said...

James Fallows in the Atlantic on Larry King's post-speech show with Giuliani:

"He looks like a man who is crazy. Making no clinical diagnosis here, just talking about his affect as it comes across on TV. I am sure this is partly just my unfamiliarity with his tic of stressing a point by opening his eyes so wide you can see the whites all the way around. He does that a lot, and at first glance it's odd. But beyond that is the eerie sense of how strongly he resembles the earlier, cockier G.W. Bush of two or three years ago.

"That Bush - the one who hadn't yet lost the Congress, who hadn't yet seen Rove, Gonzales, Rumsfeld, et al driven from his inner council, who hadn't glimpsed the tragic possibilities for his dreams in Iraq -- combined certainty of bearing with sketchiness of factual information. That's just how Giuliani comes across if you haven't seen him for a long time. Great certainty about 'staying on the offense' against terrorism; zero displayed knowledge of what that means or indeed what he was talking about at all."

Digby comments:

"He reminds the wingnut hordes of Bush during the glory days, back when he was da man, a swaggering, arrogant, stupid prick. They were on top, too, burning piles of Dixie Chicks CD's and wearing purple heart band-aids and American flags like a bunch of teen-aged bullies. These adolescent morons ran the world for a minute and Rudy seems like the guy who can get it back for them.

"Except, of course, he's nuts. But as Tom Friedman famously said about Rumsfeld, that's what they like about him."

Dan Paden said...

...Rudy's views were far to the left of the Tulsa County Republican Party.

They certainly are. Rudy's one of those candidates that probably wouldn't have a chance at the Republican nomination were it not for the fact that some in the party are, frankly, so darn afraid of Hillary that they think nominating a candidate who's unabashedly against abortion, illegal immigration, and homosexual marriage will cost them the presidency. They seem not to realize that nominating Rudy would greatly sap their support from the "religious right," as it's often called.

Bad as Rudy is on some issues, though, the concept of voting for the lesser of two evils is still valid, and it'll be a cold day in the nether regions before I vote for Hillary, who, Tulsan, I think looks and sounds considerably crazier than Rudy ever dreamed of looking. Nor would I dream of voting for Obama, who seems to be the incarnation of unembarrassed liberalism across the board, nor Edwards, who just frankly, in addition to his overall liberal views, never struck me as having all his marbles.

If you nominated a socially conservative Democrat, I'd consider voting for him instead of Rudy. Are there any socially conservative Democrats running?

Tulsan said...

To be fair about it, others have noted that Hillary is sanpaku, too.

"Sanpaku" defined at Wikipedia

Tulsan said...

The first "sanpaku" image that springs to my mind is this one of Marshall Applewhite, leader of the ill-fated "Heaven's Gate" cult.

Unfortunately, that image reminds me of Bush when he is trying to be persuasive in his televised speeches.