Mercury Rising 鳯女

Politics, life, and other things that matter

Archive for the ‘Rudy Giuliani’ Category

Check This Out

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 4, 2008

Courtesy of the Group News Blog via Kos:

Total Voter Turnout (approximate)

356,000

Percentage of total vote

24.5% Obama
20.5% Edwards
19.8% Clinton
11.4% Huckabee (R)

Our weakest finisher beats their best. (And Huckabee had an advantage in Iowa in that the GOP there is bursting with Fundies; that’s not the case in New Hampshire.) As for Mitt, Grandpa Fred, McCain and Rudy? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Oh, and watch RNC Chair Mel Duncan bend himself into knots rather than let the words “Mike Huckabee” pass his lips.  (Gee, and isn’t it odd that the RNC’s website isn’t mentioning the Iowa caucus results, whereas the DNC page has ’em front and center?)

Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, John McCain, mancrushing, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, mythmaking, Rudy Giuliani | 2 Comments »

Rudy Rudy Rudy

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 28, 2007

One of the amusing things about the press’ ongoing obsession with Bill Clinton’s sex life is that he’s a Trappist monk compared to Newt Gingrich, Bob Barr, Rudy Giuliani and pretty much any Republican you can name, but none of those guys will be remembered by our charming elite GOP/Media Complex primarily as horndogs. Rudy’s currently in trouble because of Sex on the City, but I predict that the press and the people that control what go into high-school history textbooks will conveniently forget all of that and go back to describing him as Mister 911 America’s Mayor (TM).

Of course, Rudy’s doing his best to control how history, if not the legal system, sees him:

When a mayor of New York leaves office, little goes out the door but memories — unless he’s Rudy Giuliani.

Government rules discourage the city’s most powerful officeholder from departing with more than token gifts collected on the job. Ed Koch, mayor from 1978 to 1989, recalls keeping some neckties. His successor, David Dinkins, walked away with knickknacks from his desk, including a crystal tennis ball and a collection of photographs documenting his meetings with celebrities and business icons.

When Giuliani stepped down, he needed a warehouse.

Under an unprecedented agreement that didn’t become public until after he left office, Giuliani secreted out of City Hall the written, photographic and electronic record of his eight years in office — more than 2,000 boxes.

Along with his own files, the trove included the official records of Giuliani’s deputy mayors, his chief of staff, his travel office and Gracie Mansion — the mayor’s residence that became a legal battlefront during his caustic divorce.

The mayor made famous in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks has long described his City Hall as an open book.

In a Republican presidential candidates’ debate last week, Giuliani asserted: “My government in New York City was so transparent that they knew every single thing I did almost every time I did it. … I can’t think of a public figure that’s had a more transparent life than I’ve had.”

But the public record, as reviewed by The Associated Press, shows a City Hall that had a reputation of resistance — even hostility — toward open government, the First Amendment and the public’s access to simple facts and figures.

“He ran a government as closed as he could make it,” said attorney Floyd Abrams, a widely recognized First Amendment authority who faced off against city lawyers when Giuliani sought to shut the Brooklyn Museum of Art because the mayor considered a painting sacrilegious.

Posted in abuse of power, Bill Clinton, corruption, cronies, hypocrites, Newt Gingrich, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples, Rudy Giuliani, Silly Republicans, totalitarianism, WTF? | Comments Off on Rudy Rudy Rudy

BREAKING NEWS: Rudy Giuliani’s Attempt To Game California Just Got Staked

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 29, 2007

zap.jpg

As if Mister Put-It-On-The-City’s-Tab wasn’t having a crummy enough week, it seems that his attempt to game California’s electoral votes was withdrawn from circulation on Tuesday. It could come back, but that’s doubtful now, not with organized opposition ready to stomp on it.

[12/01/07 UPDATE: It’s been resubmitted, this time with a circulation deadline of February 4, 2008. However, as the people behind the initiative have already run out of money to pay their canvassers unless a deep-pocketed sugar daddy shows up (which is not out of the question), this might all be moot.]

[12/10/07 UPDATE:  Well, it’s not going to be on the June ballot.  That’s a big blow to the Republicans, as the June ballot would be a low-turnout one, and Republicans like low-turnout elections as they generally can mobilize their base better than we can mobilize ours.  They’re going to try to get it onto the November ballot — and make it apply to the November ballot — but that’s a very long shot.  It’s not dead yet, but its breathing is pretty shallow.]

Electoral vote reform is fine — so long as all the states are in on it, not just ones that Republicans with deep pockets want to game in a form of high-tech gerrymandering.

In other good California news, the attempt by the Fundies to destroy the domestic-partnership laws has failed outright.

Posted in 2008, election theft, family values, Rudy Giuliani | Comments Off on BREAKING NEWS: Rudy Giuliani’s Attempt To Game California Just Got Staked

Monday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 19, 2007

cat-herding.jpg

— Imagine being able to use your brain’s thoughts to direct the movement of a prosthetic device, even if there are no muscles to help move it. It’s possible right now.

— Bonddad saw what I saw WRT the internal OPEC argument on dumping the dollar, and suspects that OPEC will soon dump the dollar over Saudi protests in part because the greenback is so worthless right now that the price of oil is skyrocketing to compensate.

— We’ve known even before Bush invaded that we can’t win in Iraq.   Now experts and field generals — British and Australian, alas, not American — are getting the courage to say that we can’t win in Afghanistan now, either.

— With less than two months to go before the primaries, Hillary’s leads in the two bellwether primary states, Iowa and New Hampshire, are fast dropping.   She leads Obama by ten in New Hampshire and Edwards by four — barely outside the margin of error — in Iowa.

— Romney is smacking around Rudy Giuliani like a rag doll in both Iowa and New Hampshire, and his lead is growing in both places.   (However, he, like all the major GOP candidates, loses to Hillary, Obama and especially Edwards in head-to-head polling.)

Posted in 2008, Afghanistan, Barack Obama, big money, Bush, Bush Family Evil Empire, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, capitalism as cancer, Good Things, Hillary Clinton, Iraq war, John Edwards, Mitt Romney, Oil, Rudy Giuliani, science and medicine | Comments Off on Monday Morning News Roundup

Checking On The Lead-Pipe Cinches

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 14, 2007

I made this post back in July, and so far nothing’s happened to invalidate the conclusions reached therein.

Posted in 2008, John Edwards, media, Media machine, mediawhores, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples, Rudy Giuliani, Silly Republicans | Comments Off on Checking On The Lead-Pipe Cinches

“How Will Media Play Kerik’s Indictment?”

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 9, 2007

Greg Sargent asks:

Will Rudy Giuliani’s name be in the headline and lede of tomorrow’s stories, given that this is only important really because Rudy is running for President?

Will the stories prominently point out that this is a blow to Rudy’s campaign? How many pundits will say this?

Will Kerik’s indictment gain anywhere near the amount of political commentary that was lavished on, say, fugitive Norman Hsu, who inspired days and days of chatter from pundits despite his being one of many thousands of donors to the Hillary campaign?

Will any of the stories delicately suggest that this raises questions about Rudy’s judgment and vetting skills in picking key cabinet members? Will any pundits say this?

Answer to all of the above: No.

This has been another episode of Simple Answers to Simple Questions.

Posted in abuse of power, corruption, cronies, GOP/Media Complex, gravy train, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples, Rudy Giuliani, sucker bet | 2 Comments »

The GOP/Media Complex At Work

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 7, 2007

Hillary Clinton says something at a debate that the media jumps all over and spends the next week calling a “gaffe”.

Rudy Giuliani boasts of waterboarding suspects in custody, and the media largely yawns and looks the other way.

Posted in 2008, GOP/Media Complex, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples, Rudy Giuliani, Silly Republicans, totalitarianism | 2 Comments »

On The Eve Of The Primaries

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 1, 2007

A prediction, and an observation:

The prediction: I’m going to step out on a limb and say that Rudy Giuliani will not be the Republican nominee.

Why? Because over half the evangelicals, who make up a third of the GOP’s vote, are seriously considering bailing rather than voting for an Italian Catholic from Noo Yawk Siddy.

This would work out to a loss of more than one-sixth of the GOP’s electorate. Which would allow even Hillary to win in a walk.

There’s no way the Republicans will tolerate this. They’d rather hang on to their base and do things to seriously depress overall turnout instead.

No wonder why many DC folks are bullish on Huckabee — he’s the only one in the GOP’s top tier that can hang onto the evangelicals, now that Fred Thompson’s holed himself below the waterline.

The observation: In national polling, John Edwards does the best of all the Democrats against any Republican candidate, and has since April.

Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, Democrats, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Republicans, Rudy Giuliani | 1 Comment »

Whew!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 3, 2007

This makes me feel a lot better today, as Rudy’s their only hope.

Posted in 2008, Rudy Giuliani | Comments Off on Whew!

And This Surprises Anyone How?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 22, 2007

2008-prez-candidate-staff-diversity.jpg

TPM got hold of video of Rudy Giuliani in 1992, doing some prep work for his upcoming mayoral campaign, gleefully fanning the inner bigotries of a group of hundreds of white New York City cops at a police union rally in a move that even a Giuliani aide admitted was meant to exploit their racist dislike of then-mayor David Dinkins (who was referred to by some of those cops as “the washroom attendant”).

As a piece in today’s NYT explains:

“If you’re acculturated to like cops, you don’t necessarily see 10,000 white guys who don’t vote in the city, don’t write political checks and love you for the wrong reason,” an aide said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he is working with the Giuliani presidential campaign.

Mr. Dinkins has not forgotten that sea of angry cops. “Rudy was out there inciting white cops to riot,” Mr. Dinkins said in a recent interview.

A year after Giuliani spoke to the gathering of white police officers, he asked aides for a “vulnerability study” to identify possible problems for his planned mayoral campaign. After some work, the aides put together a document that, among other things, mentioned Giuliani’s “shrieking performance” at the police union rally and his failure to denounce those who levied racist attacks on Dinkins.

As expected, the right-wing bloggers are crying “foul” about bringing up what they see as old news. But how can they explain why Rudy’s presidential campaign is the only one that not only has no African-Americans, but also no Hispanics, no Asians, and no Native Americans?

Posted in 2008, racism, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples, Rudy Giuliani | 1 Comment »

 
%d bloggers like this: