Daily Archives: September 4, 2008

Republican Barbs Served In Style

The perennial New Yorker, Rudy Giuliani, served up some red meat at the Republican National Convention.   Known for firing up his audiences, he indulged the delegates and the viewers at home, no holds barred.  Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Democrats past performances and attacks did not go unaswered. 

On the other hand, you have a resume from a gifted man with an Ivy League education. He worked as a community organizer, and immersed himself in Chicago machine politics. Then he ran for the state legislature – where nearly 130 times he was unable to make a decision yes or no. He simply voted “present.”  As Mayor of New York City, I never got a chance to vote “present.” And you know, when you’re President of the United States, you can’t just vote “present.” You must make decisions.

A few years later, he ran for the U.S. Senate. He won and has spent most of his time as a “celebrity senator.” No leadership or major legislation to speak of. His rise is remarkable in its own right – it’s the kind of thing that could happen only in America. But he’s never run a city, never run a state, never run a business.  He’s never had to lead people in crisis.  This is not a personal attack….it’s a statement of fact – Barack Obama has never led anything. Nothing. Nada.

So, our opponents want to reframe the debate. They would have you believe that this election is about ‘change versus more of the same.’ But that’s really a false choice. Because “change” is not a destination … just as “hope” is not a strategy.

[other candidates]…They would have acted in their own self-interest by changing their position.  How many times have we seen Barack Obama do that?  Obama was going to take public financing for his campaign, until he didn’t.  Obama was against wiretapping before he voted for it.  When speaking to a pro-Israel group, Obama favored an undivided Jerusalem. Until the very next day when he changed his mind.

Obama’s first instinct was to create a moral equivalency – that “both sides” should “show restraint.” The same moral equivalency that he has displayed in discussing the Palestinian Authority and the State of Israel.  Later, after discussing it with his 300 foreign policy advisors, he changed his position and suggested that the “the UN Security Council,” could find a solution. Apparently, none of his 300 advisors told him that Russia has a veto on any UN action. Finally Obama put out a statement that looked …well, it looked a lot like John McCain’s.  Here’s some free advice: Sen. Obama, next time just call John McCain.

We began as a party dedicated to freeing people from slavery… And we are still the party that is willing to fight for freedom at home and around the world. We are the party that wants to expand individual freedom and economic freedom… because we believe that the secret of America’s success is not central government, it is self-government.

So the words can only give an inkling of the feeling having watched live, or best having been there at the convention. 

If only there could have been cameras panning the Democratic safe havens watching, to see the power punches delivered simultaneously.

“Crocodile Dundee, and Sue Charlton, and a would be mugger – “Thats not a knife, this is a knife“.
Image courtesy of http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article1559857.ece.

See: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/09/rudy_giulianis_keynote_address.html.