Giuliani Still Using the 9/11 Axe

26Apr07

Said Giuliani at a speech in NH on Tuesday:

“If a Democrat is elected president in 2008, America will be at risk for another terrorist attack on the scale of Sept. 11, 2001… Never ever again will this country ever be on defense waiting for (terrorists) to attack us if I have anything to say about it. And make no mistake, the Democrats want to put us back on defense!”

Giuliani in DragI hope that we can all collectively recall that on 9/11/01, a Republican sat in the White House and at the NYC mayor’s desk. If memory serves, the Republican bubble didn’t prevent a risk of terrorist attack. So, there’s some truth to the statement that we’d be at risk if a Democratic President wins office in 2008, however it will be roughly the same risk as if a Republican wins. But, who could blame Rudy for pumping up (over and over again) his geographical location on 9/11, and the competence with which he responded when compared to Bush. Without that single credential, he’s a pretty lousy Presidential candidate. On the one hand, he’s pushing away conservatives with his relatively liberal social policies, but on the other hand he’s sort of pushing away his chances with those same left-centrists by kicking up the fear cloud. Let’s face it, if he were a Democrat and performed exactly the same way on 9/11 and was running on a Democratic ticket for President, Karl Rove would have already turned this guy into swiss cheese.

Clinton and Obama have responded to the speech appropriately. As reported on CNN:

Barack Obama, an Illinois senator, said the man who served as New York mayor’s during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks should not be making the serious threat that faces the country into “the punchline of another political attack.”

“Rudy Giuliani today has taken the politics of fear to a new low and I believe Americans are ready to reject those kind of politics,” Obama said in a written statement. “‘America’s mayor’ should know that when it comes to 9/11 and fighting terrorists, America is united. We know we can win this war based on shared purpose, not the same divisive politics that question your patriotism if you dare to question failed policies that have made us less secure.”

Sen. Hillary Clinton — without mentioning Giuliani’s name, although an aide said the statement was responding to him — said in a written statement that “political rhetoric” won’t stop plots currently in the works against the United States.

“We have to protect our country from terrorism — it shouldn’t be a Democratic fight or a Republican fight,” the New York senator said. “The plain truth is that this administration has done too little to protect our ports, make our mass transit safer, and protect our cities. They have isolated us in the world and have let al Qaeda regroup.

Giuliani is my bet for the Republican Party nomination. Out of the whole ho-hum group of options, he seems to be their best bet of winning. If he is, we can all look forward to months of “…but he cleaned up NY!” and “America’s Mayor!” and “9/11…9/11…9/11…I was there!”

I personally can’t wait for his “flip-flop” speech at the RNC to come back to haunt him. The man has been softening his positions on all his “dangerously liberal” positions. I personally like a candidate with a little nuance, but nobody likes a hypocrite. The big question will be how Americans will feel about his cross-dressing and his extra-marital affair. Again, I’m OK with it, but what about those folks in Kansas?

No matter what happens, I hope he refrains from using the 9/11 axe to try to split us up.  I think the tide is turning and Americans are growing weary of the false divisions.  And, now that the anti-Iraq War  sentiment is growing, it’s bridging that once strong gap.  The terrorism argument is a valid one, but the dialogue won’t go anywhere until this type of splitting stops.  At this point, the axe has gone dull anyway.

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