As a fellow New Yorker it troubles me bitterly to see how Giuliani has fallen from the top of the bunch to 4th behind Romney. Many articles have been written and discussed the reason behind it, perhaps the most acceptable theory is the fact that because he did not compete in the early states he clearly missed out on all free media coverage, even if he would have lost all states, it wouldn’t have been by such huge margins, and his concession speeches would have been covered, getting him more free press.
However reading your article today “Giuliani One Note” I couldn’t disagree with you more, the fact is, that Giuliani has NOT been talking to much about 9-11 in the last 6 months, yes we did talk about in the beginning but after too many backlashes (whether it was the Biden Joke, or the $9.11 house party) that is when he stopped using 9-11 as his motto.
We all remember very clearly at the debates when Giuliani continued stressing his achievements in New York, taxes and unemployment, it was then when all pundits were saying that he focuses too much on the past and too little about the future, it was then when he came up with his 10 Commandments for the future.
So looking back now, the reality is that when 9-11 WAS at the forefront and when he DID talk about 9-11 that is when Giuliani was on top of the GOP polls, and when he stopped talking about 9-11 that is when is dropped in the polls. It is clear that the reason he was on top most of last year was because his name recognition of 9-11 and his heroism of those days, and the less he talks about it the more he slips in the polls.
Of course we know that 9-11 was NOT the only reason Giuliani would make a great president, but just the opposite because he is a great leader, thus the reason he was so powerful and great on 9-11, the same qualities needed for a president is what was needed on 9-11.
As a matter of fact, I am quite upset that the Giuliani camp did not create some outside 527 committees to bombard us with images of Giuliani on 9-11, Showing the world that it ONLY Giuliani that was the voice of calm during those difficult times, Giuliani was only leader holding news conferences from Ground Zero, he was the voice of reason and strength. Just like almost every other major candidate has some outside 527 group working on their behalf, So should Giuliani have had them this should have been on TV in every state.p>Of course the Giuliani camp would immediately disown and condemn those groups, and assure everyone that it does not have the blessing of the campaign, but the backers would all be strong Giuliani backers pushing the message, why wasn’t this done months ago? br> — Leo Landau
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?