July 25, 2007
Electability Another Word for Giuliani?

Dismissing his views on gays, guns, wives and abortion, a Washington Post poll sees Republicans turning to electability as a major attribute in 2008 and electability is another word for Giuliani.

The Post’s principal political reporter, Dan Balz, reports today that there is a “broad-based perception” among Republican true believers that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is the most electable candidate and being electable has suddenly become more important than being pure.

The poll gives Giuliani a commanding 37 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents in the large field that has only two others attaining double digits, John McCain and the unannounced Fred Thompson at 16 and 15 percent. The only other first tier occupant, Mitt Romney, comes in with a not too potent eight percent.

It gets worse. If McCain drops out, Giuliani would pick up a good chunk of his support.

This is frightening because Giuliani is running as almost a single issue candidate. He’s the tough guy who stood up to the terrorists as mayor on 9/11 although exactly how he did it remains lost in myth. A terrorist attack between now and the election could only enhance his position and impress the most impressionable voters and we would find ourselves with the prospect of electing another George W. Bush — without the charm.

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Posted by at July 25, 2007 07:12 PM
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Sir,

You asked about the KJV Onlyism of Mr. Pavkovic. Well, he really doesn't define it. It's the old 'the enemy of my enemy is my friend.' He quotes freely from Ruckman and Gipp and then slides over to Cloud and Waite and then claims Burgon was the 'great textual critics' of the nineteenth century - never mind that Burgon was NOT KJV Only - as my blog notes.

bill brown

Posted by: Maestroh on July 25, 2007 9:09 PM

Rudy Giuliani or Vampire Ghouliani?

Posted by: alec on July 26, 2007 11:09 AM

Excellent! "Electability" is how we nominated Kerry in 04, and we know how that worked out.

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on July 27, 2007 8:24 AM

A nit-picking correction of your description -- He's actually not the tough guy who "stood up to the terrorists" on 9-11. He's the tough guy who "stood up to the cameras" on 9-11." There's a difference. He looked tougher and more together than George W Bush, but hey, so did Pee-Wee Herman. And he doesn't have the clout of the Bush family to stop people who despise him -- like most of the NYFD -- from telling the world.

Posted by: Saintperle on July 27, 2007 8:42 PM
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