Posts Tagged ‘Rudy Giuliani’

Iain Dale is backing Obama

October 10, 2008

Here is his justification.

When I first read this, I was surprised but then if he was not going to back Obama, he would have ruled it out sooner.  Never had the pleasure of speaking with him so this is only a guess as opposed to an informed opinion.

I do not understand how a Conservative could support Obama but many from the UK clearly have.

Three or so weeks ago, I was extremely confident about John McCain.  From the moment he got the nomination (like Iain Dale, I wanted Rudy), I took the view that I strongly and bitterly oppose the idea that amnesties on illegal immigration work but I find McCain to be an extremely principled politician who does not hold views in alignment with the latest fashion.  He has a very strong record on fighting Pork Barrel.  The response he received from many farmers in Iowa during the primaries would indicate he will stick to his guns.

In response to some of the things that Iain Dale has said in his blog:

“He has performed poorly in the debates, he is an uninspiring speaker and his vision is as non existent as Gordon Brown’s.”

I do not think even the commentators from the left in the US have claimed that he has performed poorly.

“His policy platform simply doesn’t add up and his foreign policy ideas are as unappealing as many of George Bush’s.”

Iain has a point but McCain will tell it as he sees it.  Something not as common as people in politics may claim.

“McCain has not been a well man. He is 72 years old and has had cancer four times. His whole demeanour indicates that he might well not live through a whole four year term.”

Were I a member of the GOP, this would not enter my mind and I would trust the man!  Clearly the man is a fighter in his personal life as well as in politics where hardly anyone thought that he could win the nomination.

“I have doubts about Obama’s Iraq policy, I have doubts about his big government agenda but I have come to believe that he is what America needs if it is to restore its reputation in the world. He radiates optimism.”

I remember Tony Blair radiating optimism too!

And, in his Telegraph article:

“Like most others, I left profoundly disappointed by his speech, which was pedestrian and devoid of inspiration.”

I think that delivery, principle and honour are far more important that the quality of speeches.
*Some* said similar things about Bob Dole.  I maybe a minority but I think that both the US and those of us on the right missed out on someone who would have been a fantastic President.

“Bob Dole Keeps his word”

I do think that McCain needs to up his game on what is special about this candidacy, just as Bob Dole should have runner harder on the above theme in 1996.  More of the following:

* Record on Pork Barrel
* Strength on Foreign Policy
* It is not excitement and fluent speeches that are required, but in depth knowledge of Congress and Foreign Policy

I am also surprised that there has not been more of the “flip-flop” that was so effective when George Bush stood against John Kerry.

Finally, I accept that the GOP have a lot of rebuilding work to do but surprised so few have commented on the fact that blue collar americans have been deserting the Democrats for quite some time.  Rather similar to the story of New Labour in the UK.

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Back now from hols!

August 11, 2008

…though with me being the worlds worst long-haul traveller, I may not be back totally for a couple of weeks.

Thoroughly enjoyed my time in both New York and the Cayman Islands.  My first time at the former but been to the latter many times with my in-laws living there.  I got to spend the day in Queens, which was the setting of my favourite movie of all time, Coming to America.

Loved all of the coverage of the US Election.  I find the standards of political coverage much higher on US Networks.  My favourite is probably CNN, which would surprise most people but I find that both the left and right are given a pretty even shot at getting their message across.  I also enjoyed listening to Hardball.

The concensus of the analysts was that this is a year for a Democrat but that Obama does not have a huge lead in the polls at a time when he should.  Key States will include Ohio & Florida.  The bad news for McCain is that he does not have the usual large GOP lead in states like Colarado, Montana, New Mexico & the Dakotas.

The impact of the former Mayor of New York is still talked about fondly.  Without exception, all the New Yorkers I met, spoke very highly of the Rudy Giuliani legacy.  Some were keen to stress that they felt that Mayor Bloomberg has continued the good work.  I do not recall a legacy like this before.

How would I have kept in contact with the UK 20 years or so ago?  The good news with my email was that I could keep in touch with some things in Feltham North.

One of the things waiting for me when I returned was the Voter Registration form 2008/09.  If there are no change of details, it is possible to confirm this online.  You will need the two security codes but urge everyone with internet access to confirm their details this way.  The url is here.

As we thought…

January 31, 2008

Rudy Giuliani has pulled out of the Republican race.  I am disappointed about how this has worked out because, lets face it, he is up there amongst those in the US who have the most name recognition here.   It is not simply that he has a record of achievement but I always like intelligent people who can pack their argument into a good message (no, I am not talking about spin) and put in a way that can be understood by all punters.

Giuliani is now backing John McCain (as I am, and to an extent for the same reasons as those expressed by Iain Dale).  A McCain-Giuliani ticket, perhaps?