Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

The Real Rudy

  Former New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani is the “frontrunner” in the race for the Republican Party’s nomination for U.S. President in ’08. (It’s a very crowded field of contenders, even more than the Democratic Party’s race, and Guiliani does not lead by much and lost the Iowa Straw Poll. Still, as of this writing, he is the frontrunner.) Considering that no one in U.S. history has made a leap straight from a city mayor (even Mayor of New York City) to the presidency, this is astounding.  It is even more astounding because Guiliani, though a “get tough on crime” mayor and a typical Republican on trade and foreign policy matters, is a social liberal.  He has repeatedly marched in gay pride parades (sometimes in drag!) and is very pro-choice on abortion.  He is twice divorced and remarried after numerous extramarital affairs.  All of this means that Guiliani should be no favorite of the Religious Right, which is a very powerful player in most GOP primaries. 

So, why is Guiliani leading? Only because his actions in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks have given him a “tough leader” image which he hopes to parley into a “tough on terrorism” campaign for the White House.  But is the tough leader after 9/11 image accurate?  An organization exposes The Real Rudy in a new video.  Above is an initial clip and you can find more information here.  If Guiliani is going to campaign for the presidency based on his “America’s Mayor” image, then the voting public needs to examine carefully to see if that image is real.


September 8, 2007 - Posted by | human rights., politics


  1. Considering that former body builders and professional wrestlers have been elected to state governorships with absolutely no political experience whatsoever, we shouldn’t really be surprised that 9/11 celebrity Guiliani has made such headway. He’s just taking an already existing phenomenon to a whole new level.

    If the facts presented in the video are true, then Guiliani’s “tough on terror” persona deserves the same public scrutiny that Bush’s military record should have gotten. I hope the voting public pays attention this time. Otherwise, we could be looking at four years of Bush redux.

    Comment by haitianministries | September 8, 2007

  2. Good point. I think it is super strange that Guilliani has managed to have so much backing. A pro-choice, pro-gay, and pro-war candidate leading the way in a time of an unpopular war, and when the “hot button” issues in the minds of most voters are supposedly these social issues. I just don’t get it. I guess it goes to show how powerful 9/11 was on the American psyche and how Guillani has come to symbolize this event. Does he draw some sort of image of American unity for people?

    Comment by R.O. Flyer | September 8, 2007

  3. Hey, I’m not a big Arnold fan, but I’d rather have him than Rudy as Prez!

    Rudy is just a bit scary!

    Comment by Bob Cornwall | September 9, 2007

  4. Well, Bob, it would take a Constitutional amendment for the Govinator to run for prez! As the law stands, now, that office is the only one which is off limits to anyone who is not born a U.S. citizen. Democrats kept forgetting that the late, brilliant, economist John Kenneth Galbraith was naturalized and originally from Canada–and kept asking why he wouldn’t run! 🙂

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | September 10, 2007

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