Giuliani’s amazing behavior

John Fund at Opinion Journal has a must-read article on Rudolph Giuliani’s telephone calls. It is much worse than had been known: Rudy has repeatedly—40 times—interrupted campaign speeches and even meetings with high-level donors by taking calls from his wife, despite his staff’s pleas that he stop doing so.

Here is a selection of the L-dotters’ comments on the Fund article. Quite a few people are ready to jump ship on Rudy or already have. At the same time, despite Fund’s report that this is repeat behavior by Giuliani done in despite of his own staff, many people in the thread persist in saying (a) that the call was a one time thing, a “goof,” or (b) that it was a joke, a comedy routine that didn’t come off well. These are same kind of La-La-Land-Dotters who respond to every Bush catastrophe by insisting that it is part of a superhumanly complex plan. Be sure to read comment # 61.

Reply 8—Posted by: Jebediah, 10/1/2007 6:05:07 AM

I view Judith Guiliani as a huge problem in Rudy’s campaign and I am a Republican……Teresa Kerry would have been embarrassing, but at least she would have both kept OUT of politics (or at least we wouldn’t view her insertions). Judith not only attempts to run the show but Rudy seems to think she is both cute and qualified. AND SHE ISN’T! I never thought anyone would make Clinton’s two for the price of one look good.

Reply 20—Posted by: so_free_me, 10/1/2007 7:01:44 AM

I’m almost ready to put up a Rudy sign in my NH front yard, but finding out that the phone call in the middle of a public event was not an isolated incident is troubling. I guess what matters now is what happens in the future. If he does this again I will regard him as a wimp, and I do not want to vote for a wimp.

Reply 21—Posted by: AllowMeToRetort, 10/1/2007 7:20:28 AM

That stunt was disappointing.

Reply 22—Posted by: NorthernDog, 10/1/2007 7:30:04 AM

Please do some reading about Mary Tood Lincoln before deciding a Presidency based on the spouse. She had all kinds of issues going on, but Lincoln still managed to make the tough decisions he needed to make.

Reply 23—Posted by: bliss, 10/1/2007 7:31:20 AM

You got it, #16 !

Thanks for the idea, #19, I will email.

Reply 24—Posted by: nightvision, 10/1/2007 7:37:17 AM

#16, LOL!
I’m sure Bubba is quite familiar with pill boxes and particularly fur muffs.

Reply 25—Posted by: Judy W., 10/1/2007 7:38:07 AM

I am concerned about how much influence Mrs. Giuliani would have on Rudy’s presidency. He seems utterly besotted by this woman and can’t look at her objectively. Almost without exception, wives are more liberal than their husbands. Rudy has enough problems with liberal policies already, without a wife pulling him farther to the left. I have been a big supporter of Rudy and have “sold” him to a number of people. But I am getting very worried about his judgment.

Reply 26—Posted by: Ida Lil, 10/1/2007 7:44:22 AM

If Rudy is the nominee i will vote for him without reservations but my lean toward Mitt has tipped into all out support.
I read a newsweek story all the way through today for the first time in years and surprise it was a well done profile of how Mitt would be President and handle his religion.
I had already read several months go his talks with southern evangicals had earned him thier support—the real reason Fred hsn’t been endorsed.

Reply 61—Posted by: ketchuplover, 10/1/2007 10:33:31 AM

Let’s see…

He’s pro-partial-birth abortion: Ah, c’mon! Cut him some slack!

He’s pro gay marriage: Ah, c’mon! Cut him some slack!

He’s pro gun control: Ah, c’mon! Cut him some slack!

He’s had two ugly divorces, is on his third wife, has problems with his children: Ah, c’mon! Cut him some slack!

He interrupts events 40 times to take a call from his wife: Ah, c’mon! Cut him some slack!

If you, as I do, truly believe that the truth is what sets one free, then “TRUTH” is our best weapon against “the beast.” So—why do we keep plugging our noses, closing one eye and re-packaging someone to be somebody he’s not? If we are so unprincipled with our principles, the damage that we inflict upon ourselves will go far beyond the 2008 election, no matter who wins. What a laughing stock we’d become: We can be bought off just like any lib! After all, the end is what justifies the means!
People—don’t lay down your weapon of mass instruction—the TRUTH!

Reply 62—Posted by: Tulsa, 10/1/2007 10:45:57 AM

Rudy was a great mayor. And I remember he badly wanted to keep the job even tho he was term limited out of it. He offered and offered to stay.

He’s not potus material, imo.

I agree with #60 sorta….his wife isn’t his only problem or his main problem. Those are listed in #61’s comments.

Mitt Romney has the credentials and he can beat any demo nominee, imo. We all need to admit the facts or the Truth as #61 put it and get behind Mitt.

Reply 63—Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 10/1/2007 10:48:07 AM

Most people I know these days act like this. Rudy is even old-fashioned, he uses a cell phone not a Crackberry, or he would have stood up there keying in responses IM’ng Judy for ten minutes.

Reply 64—Posted by: awen, 10/1/2007 10:49:55 AM

Here we go again.

Different day. Same postings. Ad nauseum. Heavy on the nauseum.

If the only negative that the press can come up with is this over done story, then I’m afraid they haven’t doodly squat.

Reply 65—Posted by: Proudcanuck, 10/1/2007 10:51:33 AM

#64 Amen

Reply 71—Posted by: iamfree, 10/1/2007 11:40:10 AM

From the article: “The estimate from those in a position to know is that he has taken such calls more than 40 times in the middle of speeches, conferences and presentations to large donors. “If it’s a stunt, it’s not one coming from him,” says one Giuliani staffer. “It’s an ongoing problem that he won’t take advice on.”

I liked Rudy as mayor of NYC, but I have serious problems with his liberal social tendencies.

I am a woman, and I don’t find the phone calls endearing. I want a serious, professional running the greatest nation in the world, not a touchy-feely guy. Will he accept calls from her while in negotiations with world leaders? Good grief.

Reply 73—Posted by: dulac, 10/1/2007 11:43:21 AM

Man, oh man, lots of folks in denial here. This is not the same story 64 and 65, this is 40x worse and an indication of something amiss with this candidate. #61 hits the nail on the head. We ridicule Hillary for trying to be something she’s not and then many of us turn around and become enablers for Rudy to do the same. He is what he is and it is increasingly not pretty in a RINO-sort of way.

Reply 86—Posted by: InGodWeTrust, 10/1/2007 1:08:17 PM

Give Rudy a break. He goofed. It wssn’t the end of the world.

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Ben W. writes:

Judi’s calls: Rudy’s “campaignus interrupt us”

Alex K. writes:

From Fund’s article:

Mr. Giuliani took a call from his wife and then noting the strained faces of his supporters, he sheepishly tried a joke. “I’ve been married three times,” he explained. “I can’t afford to lose another one. I’m sure you understand.”

Yes, he “lost” Donna Hanover. He tried to keep her as best he could but she just got away from him. That’s exactly how it happened!

LA replies:

Good catch by Alex.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at October 02, 2007 10:47 AM | Send

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