domingo, novembro 12, 2006

Eyes on 2008: Rudy Giuliani

It is now more apparent than ever that the Republican Party urgently needs strong, charismatic leadership as it licks it wounds after the 2006 elections. Consequently, there is no better choice for the 2008 Republican presidential nominee than former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Most of the liberal pundit-ocracy says Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is the favorite for the 2008 nomination, and that Rudy’s positions on social issues will prevent him from getting past a primary. But those people are wrong.

Giuliani consistently beats out McCain in polls of favorability, name recognition and potential voting in 2008. He almost always finishes number one or two in not only mainstream polls, but also, more importantly for the primary, in polls on conservative Web sites where Newt Gingrich and Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) are near the top. The base may disagree with some of Giuliani’s social positions, but they do like him as a person and a leader — something that cannot be said about McCain.

Two factors will turn Giuliani’s social stances into a non-issue. Giuliani isn’t a senator with a long history of established, controversial votes (but who is?); his stances are largely artifacts leftover from his days as a pragmatic mayor of a very liberal city. In a Republican primary, it will be very easy for Giuliani to move back to the center-right on social issues. Also, Giuliani has proven that he is truly a fiscal conservative, something that has become a rarity in either party.

The second issue is simpler: The 2008 election is not going to be about social issues; it’s going to be about how the United States is going to handle the continued threats from violent Islamic fundamentalists. Ever since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Giuliani has proven his courage and strength in times of crisis and that he understands what is at stake for the world.

His leadership will not falter, and he is capable of correctly making tough decisions as evidenced by his refusal to accept a Saudi prince’s $10 million offer after criticizing U.S. foreign policy. Unlike the Democrats, Giuliani is not going to settle for appeasement of the terrorists.

Giuliani hasn’t officially declared his candidacy for president, but delaying his announcement is beneficial because his name recognition isn’t going to get much higher. His actions certainly convey a desire to run; his Solutions America PAC funded Republican candidates across the country. Giuliani himself appeared with candidates from Arizona to Pennsylvania and many places in-between, and he spent the final night in Iowa — home of the nation’s first presidential caucus.

Giuliani has had some personal troubles, but the Democrats don’t have any moral ground on which to stand and criticize him. Remember, if Giuliani, McCain, Gingrich, Allen and Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.) run in a GOP primary, “the only guy in the GOP field with only one wife would be the Mormon,” said Kate O’Beirne of National Review.

Imagine this: Giuliani brings with him all of the positive aspects of the Republican Party without carrying any of its baggage. He wins New York’s 31 electoral votes versus any Democrat — including Hillary — and with a charismatic, midwestern or southern running mate, Giuliani walks into the White House with hardly a fight. 2008 presidential dropout Mark Warner (D-Va.) was the Democrats’ only long shot to stop him.

Rudy Giuliani cleaned up the city of New York and is more than able to tackle the problems facing our country today. America needs strong, charismatic leadership, and Giuliani is the man to provide it.

Eric Rodawig

[Via The Hoya]

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