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Giuliani to Endorse McCain

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Posted on Jan 29, 2008
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Rudy Giuliani is expected to endorse John McCain at the Reagan library in California on Wednesday. The man who suffered one of the most dramatic campaign implosions in recent memory explained his collapse to supporters this way: “You don’t always win, but you can always try to do it right, and you did.” Although doing it a bit earlier, too, wouldn’t have hurt.


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Giuliani finished a distant third [in Florida] to winner John McCain and close second-place finisher Mitt Romney. Republican officials said Giuliani would endorse McCain on Wednesday in California. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in advance of the public announcement.

“I’m proud that we chose to stay positive and to run a campaign of ideas in an era of personal attacks, negative ads and cynical spin,” he said as supporters with tight smiles crowded behind him.

“You don’t always win, but you can always try to do it right, and you did.”

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By 911truthdotorg, January 30, 2008 at 8:50 pm Link to this comment

Rudy Giuliani, who is widely tipped to drop out of the Republican race today and endorse John McCain, admitted yesterday that “Ron Paul won all the debates” because of his resonating message of individual liberty and personal responsibility.

“Ron Paul won all the debates,” stated Rudy Giuliani in his speech conceding defeat in the Florida Primary to John McCain. “Government works best when it empowers people to take responsibilities for their own lives.”

Such an admission is rare considering the size of Giuliani’s ego and his numerous spats with Paul on the campaign trail.

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By America2008, January 30, 2008 at 6:58 pm Link to this comment
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With McCain leading in the polls, he will get all the liberal votes, but who are the Republicans going to vote for?  I’m worried I don’t have anyone to vote for.  Perhaps Romney runs as an independent?  GO Mitt!

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By Louise, January 30, 2008 at 6:52 pm Link to this comment

Florida is a “conservative” state.
Conservative as in ‘old and stuck in the mud.’ Conservative as in ‘young and committed to doing gods justice “to” the world.’ And conservative as in ‘really stupid,’ which is there to a degree in all committed conservatives, AKA Republicans.

Of course McCain will be the candidate. He is after all the one Bush kissed.

Of course Giuliani will be his Vice President. He is after all the insider from 9/11.

The question remaining, will McCain dissolve into a confused, sleepy decider to Giuliani’s back-seat decision making? Well, since Giuliani rubs and bumps with the movers and shakers, and has a sizable resume documenting his personal greed and his ability to sell out to the highest bidder for personal gain, seems like a good fit to me.

[The decision maker/decider arrangement has worked quite well for the past seven plus years, hasn’t it?]

Why did Giuliani run such a stupid campaign? Could be because he already has the important position all sewed up!

Of course this bit of rationalization all hinges on the provable success of the Bush administration. Bush can’t find a place that willingly wants to host his library. Yet gets adulation walking through the halls of congress. Bush causes the death of a million plus people with one big lie, but is given deference as a world leader. Bush is afraid to attend the funeral of an American killed in Iraq. But loves to have his picture taken next to the burned and mangled vets from Iraq.

But to the truly dedicated conservative/republican, every disaster Bush has created is seen as one more of his successes. Proving if nothing else, from the conservative/republican point of view, reality, value and character are unimportant. There is after all, always someone else to blame.

To the truly dedicated, a candidate saying he is conservative is all that counts. And the candidate, just like the Bushes who preceded him, knows, the conservative/republican constituent is not to bright, has a short memory span, and a fixation on a handful of talking points. Whether or not they understand what any of those talking points mean is unimportant.

McCain’s current favorite talking point, “If only we could cut spending” is an excellent example. What does that mean? How does that address the economy?

For the truly committed conservative/republican it means whatever their small mind wants to grasp. And it addresses the economy because it includes the word “money.” And just in case you want to take issue with my supposition, ask a so-called conservative AKA republican you know, what they think it means.

You may find it difficult not to shout at them, or want to give them an earth shaking lesson in reality, but don’t waste your energy.

You can’t cram a lifetime of understanding into a few minutes of frustration. Conservative/republicans know what they know. And if things are going along just ok, they are just ok with that. And if things are getting pretty bad, they will blame the democrats. Or call for repentance. But the last thing in the world they will do is “get” the big picture.

Even when they bury a loved one killed in the GWOT, their hearts will swell with pride, because that human sacrifice was made so “they” could be free.

There’s another interesting exercise in “say what?” Ask them what being “free” means.

Of course this is all predicated on the notion McCain will win the general election. That he won’t is all predicated on the notion that Bush and his republican cable didn’t cheat. And if anyone out there truly believes that elections can’t be fixed, you’re not paying attention.

But then, I could be wrong. smile

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By Maani, January 30, 2008 at 2:05 pm Link to this comment

Although it is unlikely McCain could win against ANY Democratic candidate (his war-mongering, his position on Iraq, his Reaganomics, his permanentizing the Bush tax cuts, etc. will sink him faster than a platinum submarine), you do raise a truly frightening prospect of Rudy as Attorney General or Secretary of DHS.  Yikes!

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By DennisD, January 30, 2008 at 11:22 am Link to this comment
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Rudy is just setting himself up to become McCain’s Ambassador of 9/11 should Citizen McCain make it to Xanadu.

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By Frostedflakes, January 30, 2008 at 11:05 am Link to this comment

Politics of fear endorsing politics of war…So who is the loser here besides the American populace? Once again Rudy aligning himself for a future of fera-mongering.

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By Blackspeare, January 30, 2008 at 10:46 am Link to this comment

This is typical Giuliani——opportunist to the end! There’s no doubt Giuliani has alterior motives.  He knew his chances were quite slim from the onset, but his chances of being part of an incoming administration were much better if he ran and then offered his support to a viable candidate.  In politics, deals are made and if McCain does become the next president, then Giuliani has a place——probably as Secretary of Homeland Security or even Attorney General.

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By msgmi, January 30, 2008 at 10:14 am Link to this comment
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The majority of republican voters in FL have spoken loud & clear to ‘shock & awe’ Rudy G. They saw what 9/11 Rudy is all about…an arrogant egotist, none transparent, questionable family values, mis-user of public funds, and a neo-CON mentality equal to warhawks such as Paul Wolfowitz et al. Too bad he will be wihtdrawing his candidacy. There is much more in Rudy’s closet which will remain behind closed doors until the next political gambit. Each neo-CON defeated means one step closer toward the resurrection of the GOP.

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