Rudy Guiliani

07 Jan 2008 10:54 am

I haven’t watched many of the Democrat or Republican debates this past fall. I’ve always had something else to do, but I have watched the recaps of some of them. Last night I was putting the Christmas decorations away and had time to watch the Fox News/GOP Debate. One of the nicest things about it was - no Ron Paul. (or his supporters)

Last night I went to dinner with my children at The Olive Garden. I was checking out the menu and noticed my son and daughter-in-law giggling. I asked them what was going on and my son said, “You didn’t see it?” I opened up the menu again and saw a “Ron Paul for President” stamped in red.

That illustrates the irritating annoyance of all things Ron Paul. This past December we went to the annual Christmas parade in Van Buren, Arkansas. It’s always so sweet, full of antique cars and homemade floats and cute kids. Ron Paul’s supporters drove by in a pickup truck with Ron Paul for President signs all over it. No Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays. Just the ubiquitous Ron Paul.

So this quote by a Republican who attended the ABC Republican debate this past Saturday really hits home with me…..

“Ron Paul starts with seeds of sensibility, and then they blossom into lunacy.”

After Saturday night’s Republican debate on ABC, NRO put together a focus group to get a few quick impressions from the people who attended their debate watch-party in New Hampshire.

That choice nugget came from their focus group. You can watch it here.

Later on, when the waitress came to check on us, I told her about the Ron Paul advertisement inside their own menus. She was pretty shocked but checked it out and there it was.

UPDATE: Sean Hannity was harrassed by Ron Paul supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire last night. Kathryn Jean Lopez asks, “Who does that?” Ron Paul loons, that’s who.

So I watched the debate hosted by Chris Wallace on Fox last night and Mitt Romney came off the strongest. It wasn’t Mike Huckabee’s night. He never did explain the half billion dollars of raised taxes while he was governor of Arkansas except to say, the voters wanted better roads and there was a court case. Why he didn’t explain the school court case I don’t know.

I also found it curious that John McCain and Mike Huckabee seemed to be teaming up against Romney. Huckabee explained to Chris Wallace that Mitt Romney had been issuing (so-called) attack ads against both him and McCain. Huckabee got all misty eyed when he spoke of McCain. I kept expecting him to say, “We few, we happy few.”

It was odd, to say the least.

I thought Fred Thompson did pretty well, especially in his defense of keeping Gitmo open and keeping the detainees out of Ft. Leavenworth.

Chris Wallace had Rudy on the defensive with his questions about Bernard Kerik but he was strong in his responses to the other issues.

But the night belonged to Mitt. He seemed both polished and down to earth and extremely knowledgeable about all of the issues, and he came down on the right side of the issues, taxes, immigration and “change.”

Unfortunately, I think “change” is going to be one of the most over-used words in 2008. Mitt Romney made the point last night that the folks who have been sitting in congress for twenty seven years aren’t likely to get the kind of change our country needs. Rudy pointed out that change for change’s sake isn’t what matters, it’s the direction our country goes in and under whose leadership.

05 Jan 2008 06:05 pm

It’s a tense moment and Clinton seems rattled by it.

Jonathan Last was at the New Hampshire Democratic party’s 100 Club dinner in Milford, New Hampshire a day after Obama beat Hillary so resoundingly in the Iowa Caucuses. At the dinner, as Hillary was giving her speech, she was heckled by the Obama supporters and apparently didn’t handle the booing very well. Last’s report gives us the delicious details of that night out with the Democrats. According to Last, Kucinich was nutty, Obama glowed and Hillary was booed. It’s not like she’s never been booed before, but in the past, the media quickly whitewashed the images out of national newsdom, at least up until now.

Before the days of Barack Obama.

But, really, what could one expect of a woman who has been wrapped in the cocoon of media protection all these years? Hillary has never made herself available to a no-holds-barred press conference, her townhalls have been carefully arranged with planted questions, and the one who must be obeyed has reigned over the polls and the docile press.

Until now.

Hillary now has an opponent who gives good speeches, something she has never done. Obama has charm and charisma and has captured the imagination of many democrats and younger voters. Whether Obama will deliver “change” or leave us all with nothing more than loose change in our pockets, right now, he is the road not taken, the way out of the Clinton abyss.

Hillary’s like the once alluring siren who has now been revealed to be a hag. She still believes in her greatly polished image but many people are now seeing through it.

Milford, New Hampshire, the city of my great grandfather’s nativity, was once a Republican stronghold. Now, it’s dominated by Democrats. My great grandfather, William Chase Whitmarsh would be sad to see the city of his birth in the hands of Democrats, but probably wouldn’t be surprised. When he was a youth, his parents moved from Milford, New Hampshire to Denmark, Iowa. His father, William Faxon Whitmarsh, fought for the Union in the Civil War and died of yellow fever in Little Rock, Arkansas during the occupation just after the War ended.

William, his son, traveled from Denmark, Iowa to Little Rock to see his father’s grave at the National Cemetary. He stayed in Arkansas, married the niece of General Zachary Taylor and became a merchant. When Lucy Taylor Whitmarsh died young, he remarried Jemima Haseltine Stiles, my great grandmother.

Just a year before my great grandfather died, he road a bicycle all the way from Arkansas to Massachusetts. (he called the bicycle his wheels) He stayed for six months, visiting Milford, New Hampshire and Braintree, Massachusetts. He supported himself by making hand woven cane chairs. He had stayed in touch with his family in New England and according to letters in my mother’s possession, really enjoyed his visit.

Somewhere in Missouri, my great grandfather collapsed and his sons went to get him. He died just days after returning to Arkansas.

The road from New Hampshire to Iowa to Arkansas was traveled well by my great grandfather and left his descendants wondering at his energy, love for his family and independance.

Barack Obama has successfully taken the road from Iowa to New Hampshire. Whether he can really unseat the Woman who must be Obeyed is questionable but I, for one, will happily watch him attempt to do it. Not that I would vote for him.

No, I would never vote for Barack Obama. He is a Democrat and I don’t agree with his policies or his politics. But I can admire his gumption and his Humphrey Bogart-like delivery of his speeches. I think he is doing the Democrat Party a favor by helping to unweave the Clinton web over all things Democrat.

Now, if Republicans, Mitt, Rudy or John will finally pop the Huckabubble we might have a real contest.

Welcome Sissy Willis readers!!

06 Dec 2007 02:21 pm

It seems I only have time to blog lately when the lack of time and stress work together to knock me out. I am home sick today and was able to view Mitt Romney’s speech in Houston on religion. Anyone who includes John or Samuel Adams in a speech will make me sit up and take notice. For the past year I have read every book I can on John and Abigail Adams. To me, they are the Adam and Eve of our nation.

After viewing the speech, I have a new found respect for the good man, Mitt Romney. He delivered the speech brilliantly, sincerely and with grave respect. As I watched the speech I could picture Romney delivering it from the Oval Office. Romney has always seemed to have all the right qualities and stature to be the Republican nominee for 2008 but for some reason came off a little too slick. He doesn’t now.

The best neighbors our family ever had were Mormons. We are still in touch with this wonderful family and because of my upbringing and our experiences with this particular group of believers I have never made the judgment that I would not support a man (or woman) because they were members of the LDS Church.

Unlike the Democrats, who haven’t much of a choice in their slate of candidates, (either Hillary or Hillary lite) the Republicans have an embarrassment of riches in their lineup of candidates. We have Rudy Giuliani, the candidate of a strong national security, John McCain, another strong supporter of the war on terror, Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, Mike Huckabee and the others.

I just haven’t, up to this time, made up my mind about which Republican I will support in the 2008 presidential election. I have wavered between Giuliani, Romney and McCain. Even though I am a native Arkansan, I am not inclined to support Mike Huckabee, the reason being, that he is not a center right conservative but in reality, a populist.

In a state as poor as Arkansas, Huckabee did leave us with a surplus but he didn’t fight hard enough against the Democrat majority. He favored giving instate tuition to children of illegals. He agreed to a tax increase for road improvements. Thanks to Huckabee, every student in Arkansas public schools now bring home report cards with a “fat index” on it.

Huckabee hasn’t been sufficiently strong on our national security which is the number one issue to me. Clarice Feldman has a detailed article about Huckabee’s deficiencies but the following quote sums up Huckabee’s weakness very succinctly.

These statements, to my mind, reflect that at heart Mr. Huckabee, likeable as he is, is a man too swayed by squishy sentiment and emotion to be determined wartime leader.

I do believe the former governor, Huckabee would fit better as a vice presidential candidate. He needs foreign policy seasoning.

But what has always bothered me about Huckabee is the fact that he is an ordained Southern Baptist minister. I am also a Southern Baptist. Usually, when pastors leave their churches, they take on a new form of ministry or become missionaries. Why did Mike Huckabee leave his ministry for politics?

Until today, I had a difficult time describing Mitt Romney. Did he take a strong stand on the war on terror, on American exceptionalism and for American values? In other words, is Mitt Romney a patriot in the best tradition of patriotism? Could he inherit the mantle of one of the greatest War Leaders America has ever seen?

With his speech today, Mitt Romney has answered my questions. Yes. He can and he does.

Recall the early days of the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia, during the fall of 1774. With Boston occupied by British troops, there were rumors of imminent hostilities and fears of an impending war. In this time of peril, someone suggested that they pray. But there were objections. ‘They were too divided in religious sentiments’, what with Episcopalians and Quakers, Anabaptists and Congregationalists, Presbyterians and Catholics. Then Sam Adams rose, and said he would hear a prayer from anyone of piety and good character, as long as they were a patriot.

And so together they prayed, and together they fought, and together, by the grace of God … they founded this great nation.

In that spirit, let us give thanks to the divine ‘author of liberty.’ And together, let us pray that this land may always be blessed, ‘with freedom’s holy light.’

God bless the United States of America.

Welcome Hugh Hewitt readers!

16 May 2007 06:40 pm

The great George M Cohan, the writer of many songs that helped take us through World War l and ll. The words and music to Over There came to him while travelling by train from New Rochelle to New York shortly after the U.S. had declared war against Germany in April 1917.

Re-reading the Ron Paul nuttiness of last nights’ GOP debate has me questioning why Mr. Looney Tunes was ever allowed into the debates in the first place. Was Paul’s inclusion just a rounding up number to get to ten?

MR. GOLER: Congressman, you don’t think that changed with the 9/11 attacks, sir?

REP. PAUL: What changed?

MR. GOLER: The non-interventionist policies.

REP. PAUL: No. Non-intervention was a major contributing factor. Have you ever read the reasons they attacked us? They attack us because we’ve been over there; we’ve been bombing Iraq for 10 years. We’ve been in the Middle East — I think Reagan was right.

We don’t understand the irrationality of Middle Eastern politics. So right now we’re building an embassy in Iraq that’s bigger than the Vatican. We’re building 14 permanent bases. What would we say here if China was doing this in our country or in the Gulf of Mexico? We would be objecting. We need to look at what we do from the perspective of what would happen if somebody else did it to us. (Applause.)

MR. GOLER: Are you suggesting we invited the 9/11 attack, sir?

REP. PAUL: I’m suggesting that we listen to the people who attacked us and the reason they did it, and they are delighted that we’re over there because Osama bin Laden has said, “I am glad you’re over on our sand because we can target you so much easier.” They have already now since that time — (bell rings) — have killed 3,400 of our men, and I don’t think it was necessary.

MR. GIULIANI: Wendell, may I comment on that? That’s really an extraordinary statement. That’s an extraordinary statement, as someone who lived through the attack of September 11, that we invited the attack because we were attacking Iraq. I don’t think I’ve heard that before, and I’ve heard some pretty absurd explanations for September 11th. (Applause, cheers.)

And I would ask the congressman to withdraw that comment and tell us that he didn’t really mean that. (Applause.)

Thank you, Rudy, for your response. It was succinct, tough and emotional. The look on Rudy Guiliani’s face last night reminded me of my own late father-in-law.

C.C. was an easy going man generally, but if someone crossed the line with him, the expression on his face alone would cause them to make a quick retreat.

That Ron Paul is so uninformed that he could throw out the fallacy that we were bombing Iraq for ten years just for the fun of it, takes him into that strange no-mans-land known as Trutherdom. I believe it was actually a UN mandated no-fly zone to protect the Kurds that had our Air Force flying over Iraq and occasionally dropping a bomb because they were fired on.

“They attacked us because we had been over there.”

Ron Paul had some nerve last night trying to hijack the great George M. Cohan song. Where is the Republican National Committee on Paul’s despicable comments? Why aren’t they demanding that he be disinvited to the debates?

And we won’t come back till it’s over
Over there.