November 14th, 2006 at November 14, 2006 - 1:45 pm
Dick Armey feels the GOP needs to get back to the Reagan vision - the ‘big tent’ vision. He does not feel that Rudy Giuliani is capable of winning the primaries as a Republican candidate.
Basically - you have to be against abortion and against gay marriage in order to be a serious Republican candidate, according to Dick Armey:
November 14th, 2006 at November 14, 2006 - 1:30 pm
I am very happy to see that Rudy Giuliani has thrown his hat into the ring and stepped up as a possible candidate for President in ‘08. So far, he is the one Republican candidate that I can take a serious look at for ‘08. Conservative Republicans caution about Rudy - because of one issue: abortion. Rudy is pro-choice.
Abortion is a litmus test for many conservatives - and surely, if conservatives continue to remain one-issue voters, they can prepare themselves for more Democrat victories in the future. What exactly has Bush’s sterling pro-life stance gotten the party? Abortion is a personal choice.
Comparing abortion to the issues facing our national security - it’s a no brainer, for me. Of course that is easy for me to say, I’m pro choice. However, if the Republican party continues to insist on being a one issue party on the topic of abortion - they will continue to stay in the minority. There are just far more serious and urgent matters at hand in this day and age - and abortion ain’t it. Rudy’s stance on abortion is not going to hurt him - that’s my opinion.
“The check has not been deposited. The Twin Towers Fund has not accepted it.
~ Rudy Giuliani“
Rudy Giulliani does not suffer fools gladly. I was proud of him back in 2001 with they way he handled New York City, post-9/11. I was even more proud of him a month after that terrible event when he rejected a $10M gift from a Saudi Prince - donated in the name of disaster relief. After the Saudi Prince, Alwaleed, suggested that it was America’s foreign policy that led to the 9/11 attacks and offered advice to the American government that America should “re-examine its policies in the Middle East and adopt a more balanced stand toward the Palestinian cause.” - Giulliani had this to say, in response:
“To suggest that there’s a justification for [the terrorist attacks] only invites this happening in the future, it is highly irresponsible and very, very dangerous. And one of the reasons I think this happened is because people were engaged in moral equivalency in not understanding the difference between liberal democracies like the United States, like Israel, and terrorist states and those who condone terrorism. So I think not only are those statements wrong, they’re part of the problem“
What impresses me more is how he managed to get elected twice in New York City with all the liberal media against him and how he cleaned up what was a total cesspool of a city essentially by the force of his own personality and perseverence.
I firmly believe that elections are won in the middle - which is why the Moderates and Independents broke for the Dems in this past election. While its WAY too early in this race to be choosing a horse - I’m inclined to keep my eye on Rudy and watch how his candidacy emerges. He may just be the candidate to migrate the GOP towards the middle, where it belongs - and away from the fringe where it currently sits. The road to hell is paved with the good intentions of politicians and the folks they stepped on to get there.
Call it a gut feeling - but I am of the opinion that Rudy Giuliani would be global jihad’s worst nightmare. To me, that trumps about any other issue out there today.
On a side note - - I’m just musing here a little bit - - I’m thinking of the possibilities of a Rudy Giuliani/Zell Miller run on an Independent ticket. Hey, a former GOP girl can dream, can’t she?
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November 13th, 2006 at November 13, 2006 - 4:02 pm
Neil Boortz thinks so. He voices a sentiment felt by many a Moderate and Independent:
When I was finally standing in a voting booth last week with a ballot in hand I just couldn’t bring myself to vote Republican
The Libertarian Party website
Libertarianism.com - A one-stop, quick and clear introduction to the Libertarian philosophy.
The CATO Institute - a respected Libertarian think tank.
November 11th, 2006 at November 11, 2006 - 1:27 pm
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday called U.S. President George W. Bush’s defeat in congressional elections a victory for Iran.
This, from Al-Muhaji, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, “The American people have put their feet on the right path by … realizing their president’s betrayal in supporting Israel,” the terror leader said. “So they voted for something reasonable in the last elections.”
While the Democrats are partying and celebrating their victory from this past Tuesday - they should also be taking a hard look at the perception of their own party. They’ve got terrorist factions celebrating their win - what message does that send?
You’ve got some serious PR problems when you have the leader of al-Qaida in your corner, celebrating with you from the far corners of the Middle East.