Gosh golly, it's been a while:
For starters, I'm glad to see that glad to see Rudy's getting the attention he deserves even around here. Someone explain why we can't just jump from fact checking and ad busting to some kind of 'here's how stupid they think you are' metric. This latest pegs the damn meter in my book.
Submitted by Travis Crayton on Sat, 10/27/2007 - 5:39pm
There seems to be this idea that North Carolina is just like any other red state that voted for George W. Bush. Twice.
People outside North Carolina just see that our state's just another state in a sea of red. They don't know about the strong Democratic leadership our state has at the state level. They don't know that Governor Easley enjoys approval ratings that Elizabeth Dole could only dream of.
Rasmussen Reports has a new poll out, and if people in other states paid any attention to it, they'd realize that on the 2008 electoral map, North Carolina could show its one and only true color: Carolina Blue.
Submitted by Yankees Fan on Thu, 10/25/2007 - 10:47pm
The September/October issue of Foreign Affairs offers an article written by Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani describing his foreign policy if elected President. As I read it, I became increasingly disturbed by the direction this country's foreign policy would take under a Giuliani administration. Mr. Giuliani needs take heed of the quote by philosopher George Santayana: "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it."
When the most belligerent Republicans start to beat the war drums, it's important to look at what they're trying to hide.
Both Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani have draft dodging as part of their political resume. From Salon.com:
Nothing unites the Republican candidates for president or excites the conservative base more than their bellicose barking about war and confrontation. The GOP presidential debates often sound like a tough-man competition, with Rudolph Giuliani denouncing the "cut-and-run" Democrats, Mitt Romney demanding a double-size Guantánamo detention camp, and the rest of the pack struggling to keep pace with the snarling alpha dogs.
Yet while their rhetoric is invariably loud and aggressive, none of these martial orators has seen a day of military service. The Republican party seems to prefer its hawks to be of the chicken variety.
Consider Giuliani, the former New York mayor who has remained among the most vocal supporters of the invasion and occupation of Iraq. He never hesitates to suggest that politicians with differing opinions simply lack guts. When he spoke at the 2004 Republican convention, he gleefully insinuated that Democratic nominee John Kerry lacked the fortitude to combat terrorism. Now he denigrates the supposedly spineless Democrats running for president in 2008.
But he has always confined his enthusiasm for war to podium speeches and position papers. Born in 1944, young Rudy was highly eligible for military service when he reached his 20s during the Vietnam War. He did not volunteer for combat -- as Kerry did -- and instead found a highly creative way to dodge the draft.
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