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  •  Rudy is frightening (8+ / 0-)

    He's the only Republican with a chance in 2008.

    Pat Robertson's endorsement was merely a formal recognition of an obvious fact: Giuliani's aggression and authoritarianism ensure that he will have the full and enthusiastic support of the pro-war crowd and the religious right.

    Despite the fact that he wants to do a nuclear first strike on Iran, and is openly joking about torture, the media is determined to paint him as a moderate. That on top of perpetuating the hero of 9/11 myth. The longer this goes on, the harder it will be to change the minds of voters.

    Rudy's race-baiting and Islamophobia will draw a lot of respectable, white middle-class closet racists who wouldn't dream of voting for a Southern faux-bumpkin like Bush or Thompson, but who would vote for a reasonable-looking, urban, "moderate" candidate who promises to keep the dark-skinned rabble in line.

    Romney, Huckabee, and Paul have very limited appeal, but Rudy could run the table. Especially against Hillary Clinton.

    Do not rule out Rudy. He's charming and quick on his feet. That he is completely fucking nuts only underscores the urgency of beating him. We need to annihilate his political prospects. For if we don't, the militaristic, hyper-nationalist proto-fascists that Rudy appeals to will gain even more traction in the Republican party.

    If Hillary does not play things exactly right, Rudy will squeak by in the general election. And that will mean the end for the American republic.

    •  I agree completely Limpid (3+ / 0-)

      You hit the nail on the head. These are my fears as well about Rudy. I think he will be very difficult to defeat...very tough campaign.

      Impeachment is not a Constitutional Crisis. Impeachment is the Cure for a Constitutional Crisis.-John Nichols

      by wishingwell on Tue Nov 20, 2007 at 12:24:07 AM PST

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    •  Absolutely (3+ / 0-)
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      I'm hoping Rudy implodes - and here's the reason why.  Rudy represents the American Nationalist wing of the Republican Party.  He is the candidate of choice for those who really believe that we are in WWIII - and Rudy will give us WWIII for sure.  The Christian Fundies have exhausted themselves, even in Kansas.  They are weak and beatable, and I hope that Romney gets the nomination.   But extreme violent nationalism (may I say fascism?) is always popular in times of confusion and despair.  If we are in a major recession, and there's another attack, Rudy could win.

      And that would be a total disaster.  

      In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. ...Thomas Jefferson

      by ivorybill on Tue Nov 20, 2007 at 04:03:10 AM PST

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      •  Yes, you can fascism, I'm tired of the people who (1+ / 0-)
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        are down playing the term just  because the current attempt is less violent and more PC than the 3rd Reich. Fascism is any defacto control of a government by private corporations. Hitler was, afterall, democratically elected.

        I belong to no organized political party, I'm a Democrat. -Will Rogers

        by geez53 on Tue Nov 20, 2007 at 06:20:12 AM PST

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