Rudy Giuliani

Now this is what you'd call a good ole fashioned bind. On the one hand, there are obvious reasons--potential conflicts of interest, etc.--that Rudy Giuliani would want to put as much distance between himself and his consulting firm as possible. Which is why you get him saying stuff like this (via today's WaPo): During an interview in June with CNBC's Larry Kudlow, Giuliani said that he was spending no more than 10 percent of his time doing work for the firm while he was campaigning and that he planned to take a leave of absence.

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Via Talking Points Memo, I see that Rudy Giuliani has gained the support of Joe Allbaugh, George W. Bush's first FEMA director and the man who gave us Brownie. The Politico reports: The endorsement is valuable for Giuliani because it gives the former New York mayor additional entr

Laws Are For Other People

Whether he intended to or not, at a town meeting in Iowa last night Rudy Giuliani offered what may be the most honest defense of torture I've seen from an American politician. It is also, of course, a deeply immoral one. Asked whether waterboarding constituted torture, he replied: It depends on how it’s done. It depends on the circumstances. It depends on who does it. [emphasis mine] What the United States is doing isn't torture because it's the United States doing it.

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Alex Bolton has a great piece in The Hill about today's meeting between Sam Brownback and Rudy Giuliani. It made me think three things: 1.) Notwithstanding the meeting, it would be pretty hard for Brownback to endorse Giuliani. Consider, for example, this passage involving an anti-abortion activist in Iowa: Kim Lehman, president of Iowa Right to Life Committee and a member of the Iowans for Brownback Leadership Committee ...

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Macho Man!

More from that LAT-Bloomberg poll: Clinton pollster Mark Penn has recently been predicting that Rudy Giuliani's "tough guy" style will turn off female voters. Sure enough the new poll shows that 36 percent of male GOP primary voters like Rudy--but just 27 percent of female ones. Every other major candidate reverses that formula, faring better with the gals than with the guys. Fred Thompson, for instance, gets 18 percent of the women and 13 percent of the men. Romney runs 14-7 women-men and McCain 14-11.

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Fred's First Policy

No Amnesty: [Brendan Farrington and Libby Quaid, AP]: "In his first major policy proposal, Thompson challenged presidential rivals Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney by criticizing 'sanctuary cities' where city workers are barred from reporting suspected illegal immigrants who enroll their children in school or seek hospital treatment.

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Mitt-a-Morphosis

Noam Scheiber documents Romney's attempts to become a regular person.

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Mitt Romney vowed to measure the state of the American family, and improve it. He also joked about his Mormonism: "Family is the building block of the nation. It's the economic unit of society, and this isn't just rhetoric. Let me talk about this from the standpoint of reality--from economic reality. ...

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Friday Blog Talk

Pandering as Overcompensation [Brian Beutler]: "It's hard not to suck up to the rottenest elements of the GOP if, like Rudy and Mitt, you have a history of universalizing health care, or regulating guns, or being friendly to 'the gays.' In recent history, the Republican party has been better at keeping people like that from reaching any real prominence." Waiting For Rudy [Byron York, The Corner]: "There's a lot of anticipation about Rudy Giuliani's appearance here tomorrow.

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Stand By Your Man

In their interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News tonight, Rudy Giuliani and his wife Judith completely fled from the notion that she would have a policy role in his administration. "I'm not political," Judith said, "and so, no, I know that I would never do that sort of thing." And so what would her role be? If we're fortunate enough to have Rudy serve the American people, Sean, I would, again, continue to take care of him. And to support him in any of the endeavors that he needs my support in. Glad we cleared that up. But Mrs.

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