February 05, 2007

Rudi's In

So it seems like "America's Mayor," Rudy Giuliani, is one step closer to running for President:

In a sign that he's serious about running for the White House, the two-term mayor was filing a so-called "statement of candidacy" with the Federal Election Commission. In the process, he was eliminating the phrase "testing the waters" from earlier paperwork establishing his exploratory committee, said an official close to Giuliani's campaign.

AP is all over it at Hot Air.

A lot of folks seem thrilled that Guiliani's throwing his hat in the ring, but I'm not one of them. His 9/11 leadership was extraordinary (compare his inspired performance to Ray Nagin's quivering collapse after Hurricane Katrina for juxtaposition), but his personal failures and his overtly liberal positions on a whole raft of issues leave me cold.

The only thing that Rudy brings to the table over our current President is his ability to articulately explain why he won't enforce or borders while increasing the bloat of the federal government.

Factor in his pro-gun control views, and Guiliani's a Republican candidate not worth having... one of many.

Drafting Fred is starting to look like a better idea all the time.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at February 5, 2007 04:02 PM

Glad to hear you say it; Rudy's a no-go for me as well as I'd like to see more of Fred.

Do you get the feeling the choice for Republican nominee is being made by the media, the pundits and the political class, everybody but the majority of the people themselves? Everything I read is a choice between Rudy, McCain or Romney with a smidge of Newt thrown in and I say no to every one.

Posted by: Cindi at February 5, 2007 04:52 PM

Hmmmm. I wonder if there is a reason that pretty much anyone in either party that the MSM pays attention to is a social liberal?

Posted by: Jeff at February 5, 2007 05:13 PM

I'm thrilled to see Fred Thompson get some mention on a "major" blog. I was getting pretty discouraged with dropping links in comments on FR and all the blogs I visit and seeing no momentum.

Posted by: TBinSTL at February 5, 2007 07:40 PM

While preferring Romney, if the choice is Rudy vs. all other Dems (perhaps excepting Richardson) it's a no-brainer. As long as the next President gets it right on the existential threats of jihadism, I'm willing to accept domestic policy deficiencies.

I'd rather be alive tomorrow to correct our mistakes of today rather than being dead tomorrow because of our mistakes today.

Posted by: bains at February 5, 2007 08:12 PM

I absolutely agree with Bains. Feel free to support whoever you want in the primaries but I can't fathom a conservative that would refuse to vote and thereby let a Democrat win the White House.

I don't like McCain at all, but I'd vote for him in a heartbeat rather than see Hillary or Edwards as Commander-in-Chief.

Posted by: DRJ at February 5, 2007 08:47 PM

The latest in a bunch of losers to throw their hat in the ring, the real question is whether Rudy Tooti Guili will get enough early attention to qualify to pick the pocket so American taxpayers for a piece of the Federal Election Commission matching funds to help his campaign limp along to its inevitable collapse. Once his record on gun control, abortion, and gay rights is publicized enough, Rudy is toast.

Posted by: olddawg at February 6, 2007 09:40 PM

So olddawg, you'd rather see Hillary over Rudi as our next President? After all, Hillary is sooo much better than Rudi on gun control. ...dripping sarcasm.

Build the funeral pyre, it's time to finally sacrifice good, we've delusions of perfect.

Posted by: bains at February 7, 2007 09:10 PM