Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A Liberal On Rudy Giuliani

Wow! Glenn Greenwald makes a powerful case for supporting Rudy Giuliani! You would think that a liberal would be against any Republican, but look at some of the glowing praise Mr. Greenwald heaps on Rudy Giuliani:

The most transparent and destructive fallacy being recited by our Beltway media class is that Rudy Giuliani is a moderate or centrist Republican.


The very idea that Giuliani is a "moderate" or a "centrist" is completely absurd. Regarding the issues over which the next President will have the greatest influence -- foreign policy and presidential powers -- Giuliani is as far to what is now considered the "Right" as it gets. His views on foreign policy are far more radical and bellicose even than Dick Cheney's, and his view of presidential powers makes George Bush look like Thomas Jefferson.


A warmonger with authoritarian impulses and liberal positions on social issues isn't a "moderate" or a "centrist." He's just a warmonger with authoritarian impulses and liberal positions on social issues.


Whatever else Giuliani might be, "centrist" and "moderate" is not it. He is one of the most radical major candidates in memory.

And what exactly is so good about Giuliani?

He has one of the most extremist and war-loving foreign policy teams ever assembled for a major candidate. He has advocated or expressed openness to such radical policies as imprisoning American citizens with no trials, having Israel join NATO, and launching a first-strike tactical nuclear attack on Iran. And he speaks more glibly than virtually any individual in the country about torture.

All that and he supports torture, too? Enough, Glenn, enough -- I'm sold. Go, Rudy!


Gideon said...

I have heard similar comments about Giuliani here and I've had the same reaction. Judging by Liberal fear of Giuliani, he's the one to vote for. Of course, given Giuliani's history as Milken's prosecutor and my general distrust of Republicans (after all Bush sounded a lot better before he was elected than after) I'm not sure whether to trust him. Still, I do intend to vote for him in the primaries.

Myrhaf said...

I share your concerns, Gideon. Like all Republicans, Giuliani is a mixed bag. Figuring out which one is best can be exasperating. I wonder if painting Giuliani as a "radical" is effective with the independents.

Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

Oh well, I just started my anti-Rudy campaign. He is maybe the least libertarian of the candidates - I think Mussolini.

Myrhaf said...

I saw your anti-Rudy campaign. I think you're a little tough on him, although I admit he has problems. I agree with him on abortion and he seems to be the toughest on the war. It's too early to decide yet.

Jim May said...

IMO Guiliani is a pretty bad choice, except for all the others -- Romney and Huckabee are part of the God wing, and I'd even vote for hillary over those two (though if that thought freaks you out, worry not -- I'm not a U.S. citizen yet, so my vote counts even less than yours ;)

It's early yet, though.

EdMcGon said...

Rudy lost me when he came out for publicly funded abortions.

Mind you, I'm not a "pro-lifer". I'm just against publicly funding abortions.