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    Forget About Rudy

    Forget About Rudy

    Today there was an interesting article in the Hill about Rudy Giuliani being a possible “dark horse” in 2012. Apparently, “It’s not because Giuliani has shifted; it’s because the Republican Party has. The 2010 election was less about social conservatism than it was fiscal conservatism, and that aligns with Giuliani’s socially moderate and fiscally conservative ideology.”

    As someone who worked on that campaign in 2007-2008, my answer is an overwhelming NO. I was on the ground with the campaign in New Hampshire and throughout NY/NJ, it was virtually run by a group of “yes men” who never told Rudy that it was a bad idea to run down to Florida for several weeks at a time “campaigning.” The election wasn’t a total loss for Rudy, after all, he got higher speaking fees and I’m sure his wink towards a possible 2012 bid is exactly what will keep those engagements in demand. If he really wanted the presidency, and didn’t bother vesting in the time in it during 2008 – when the “America’s Mayor” image was ripe in the minds of millions, I doubt he would bother putting in the will in 2012. I see Heinze’s point in the article, though, a less socially conservative candidate may be an easier sell and Rudy famously brought crime down and cut thousands off of welfare. However, John Thune, Mitch Daniels, Chris Christie, etc. etc. are also perfectly capable of looking fiscally responsible, relatively moderate on social issues, and have the drive to go through a presidential campaign. I love the Rudy, but he just didn’t want it enough.

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    Rudy Who? just another freakin yankee RINO who needs to be run out of town on a rail.

    Frankly if Thompson had gotten up off his arse and actually TRIED to run I think he would have kicked tail, but he couldn't be bothered to do much more than mail it in.

    Working as a police officer in NYC when Rudy was king, I can safely inform all that Rudy is nothing but a narcissist. Good riddance and may he never be politcally viable again.

    You don't think it's possible that he simply made mistakes and has now learned from them?

    Lets not forget that America's mayor is an adulterous hypocrite first class. I have no need of someone telling me how to live and yet thumbing his nose at decency when it suits him.

    I lived in NYC at the time that Rudy was mayor. That is when the public school that my autistic son attended put him in a coat-room closet instead of letting him into class. Lied to me that they were not required to provide him support and that kindergarten was not mandated so they didn't even have to let him remain in school.I could not get anyone from District 2 to help me so I tried to get help from the Mayor's office. No one even bothered to teach me the law and that my son had legal rights at the time. District 2 gave me the run around and never even told me there was a procedure and a special office for special education.It's been 15 years.We have never heard from anyone especially America's Mayor. You bet we did withdraw my son and luckily were able to afford to move to a place that followed the law and cared about its students.(moving not suing was a decidedly better use of my money)Ironically 6 months after we moved the school decided to call and see where he had been all that time. Can you say, cover your abusive ignorant asses-sorry it took them 6 months to notice that we had withdrawn him.Someone must have sent them a copy of the letter I wrote the America's mayor. That is what it was like to live in Rudy's NYC. To hell with him.

    BTW my autistic son who they refused to treat kindly in NYC, with proper support is a junior at a well respected university and looking forward to a legal career in civil rights.

    Even though I absolutely opposed his nomination in 2008 I have a lot of respect for Rudy. Not only did he clean up my hometown, but he's also one of the few non-conservative Republicans who doesn't spend a great deal of time bashing conservatives. He understands that many of his views are outside the mainstream of conservative opinion, but instead of acting as though everyone else needs to change their views to suit him, Rudy moves on and focuses in on areas of common concern.

    I would love to see a Senator or Governor Giuliani, but any notion that he could capture the presidential nomination is folly.


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