Thursday, August 16, 2007

Rudy Giuliani Is a Dangerous Idiot

The great thing about having no interest in breathlessly covering every jot and tittle in a presidential race that still is 15 looong months from the finish line is that I can drop in whenever I damned well please, whether it is to opine on the paucity of candidates' offspring in the military or Mitt Romney’s crazy pet tricks.

Which leads me to today's installment on a guy even less electable than Romney -- Rudy "The Teflon Don" Giuliani -- who in word and deed has proven himself to be out of his depth and out of his mind.

Let's motor right past Giuliani's personal indiscretions and serial philandering, willful misrepresentations, flip-flopping on gun control and immigration, anger-management problems, suck ups to right-wing demagogues and long-time ties to shameless sleazebags like Bernard Kerik.

What we have left is a guy for whom every day is 9/12 and as president would be the baddest ass on the planet.

If you don’t believe me, check out Giuliani's cut-and-paste job on foreign policy in . . . um, Foreign Policy, which is giving all of the presidential wannabes an opportunity to strut their stuff on what may be the single greatest issue confronting America as it ponders Life After Bush.

According to the article, Giuliani would increase the defense budget by a gadzillion dollars, invade countries that diss America, drive a further wedge between Palestinians and Israelis and spy on everybody all the time. In short, out-Bush George Bush, who has worked tirelessly to earn the moniker as the most unpopular president in modern history but seems level headed when compared to Giuliani.

Please don’t give me any crap about Giuliani going bonkers on foreign policy because he is trying to curry favor with the GOP base and knows that his moderation on social issues will be attractive to voters whose knuckles don’t drag on the ground when they walk.

It won’t work that way in 2008: Even if Giuliani would deign to allow women the right to their own reproductive freedom (while he backpeddles on civil unions and other moderate-liberal positions), he will be seen as one scary dude -- a wolf in wolf’s clothing -- when it comes to the Big Picture issue.


Fran said...

Although most snarkily I have a whole anti-rudy thing going on over at my place.

I find the man most loathesome.

Most loathesome indeed.

Jess Wundrun said...

You know, my very first reaction to the idea of Giuliani writing an article for Foreign Policy is 'he's not qualified to write an article for Foreign Policy'.

Guess my feelings on him as the implementer of real Foreign Policy are pretty obvious.