Rudy for President!


In recent days many Labour and Lib Dem bloggers have come out for Hillary Clinton to be the Democrats' next Presidential candidate. Although I don't have a vote and my influence within the Republican Party is very limited, I am today declaring for Rudy Giuliani, the former Mayor of New York.

Rudy has a fantastic record of cutting crime and encouraging economic growth by keeping taxes to a minimum. And who could possibly forget his Leadership during 9/11? He's also a moderate and can expect support from the East and West coasts, traditionally Democratic 'strong holds'.

I probably would have held my nose and voted for Bush in 2004 (that just goes to show what a Clown Kerry was!). I'd enthusiastically support a Rudy-led Republican Party and would be more than pleased to offer my services to Republicans Abroad.

Go, Rudy, go!

13 comments:

Ellee said...

The Democrats have led the way in the media so far, let's hope Rudy can claw some of that back.

David Allen said...

I agree _ Rudi is the kind of Conservative a Cameron government could do business with: socially liberal and fiscally conservative. But I just can't believe that Bible Belt Republicans will back a fag-loving, women's right-to-chooser from Jew York. It all depends on how scared they are of Hillary _ but she is being such a goody-two-shoes at the moment, perhaps it won't matter.

Anonymous said...

Jew York?

David Allen said...

Jew York? _ an elderly American tourist I once met asked me if I had ever been to America. I answered: New York. he replied: "Jew York!? _ I said AMERICA!" I gather this attitude used to be prevalent in some circles _ perhaps middle America has learned to love New York since 9/11.....

Croydonian said...

What will also work in Rudi's favour is that the California primary is likely to be moved forward, and thus will rather lessen the influence of the Super Tuesday primary in the South.

Anon - I think you'll find David was speaking 'in character', so to speak.

Ellee said...

Anon, that's a horrid expression.

Newmania said...

Well done Justin it was only amatter of time before your enormous political scope bestraddled the pond. Trying to cadge a trip are you ?

Don`t deny it , I know your methods

Newmania said...

Oi Hinchcliffe. you have defined Ellee and I as centre right .What on eartyb dio |i have to do to be "right" Torchlight parades Youth rallies , Pogroms of east Finchley ?


You set the mark very high

Newmania said...

anyone there yoo hoo?

Not exactly interactive this experience is it?

Kevin Fowkes said...

Hi Justin, good luck with the blog.

I lived and worked in the American midwest for one year just after the 2004 election. Unfortunately that experience convinces me that Giuliani won't get anywhere near the Republican nomination.

John McCain is now acceptable to the majority of mainstream Republicans and in my view he is still the most likely candidate. He would probably win the election, as would Giuliani; if it's anyone else then Hillary will win easily.

Justin Hinchcliffe said...

Hello Kevin,

Nice to hear from you again! Thanks for the info but isn't McCain a bit too old and past his sell-by-date now? How do the swing states view Hilary (or is it Hillary)?

Justin

kevin fowkes said...

Depends which "swing states". I know the rustbelt ones (Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania) very well, the others (Florida, New Mexico, Iowa, etc etc) not well enough to comment.

West Virginia was very safe Democratic from the 1930s to the 1990s. Republicans sometimes won presidential elections here based on candidate personality (eg Reagan) but all senators and representatives were Democrats. The Democratic stranglehold sprang from the bonds between the trade unions and the Democratic party. Most people in the state have always worked in either the coal or the steel industry, even today.

What has happened since the Clinton scandals is that the voters of West Virginia have moved away from voting Democrat for economic reasons towards voting Republican in line with their social conservatism: pro-gun, anti-abortion, anti-gay. This has coincided with the relative prosperity of the coal and steel plants in recent years after decades of decline.

The north and eastern part of Ohio and the western part of Pennsylvania (where I lived) have a similar profile. These areas are crucial for Democrats to win if they are to win the Presidency and a liberal from the Clinton family will not win West Virginia or Ohio. She is despised in both states. Hilary would narrowly win Pennsylvania because of the massive black/liberal vote in Philadelphia but on the Pittsburgh side of the state she is similarly despised.

On McCain maybe you have a point and with someone of his age plenty could happen before 2008. But my hunch is that Americans are looking for experience to guide them through what look like being troubled times with regard to national security and as long as his health holds up McCain could play on that very well.

Would be good to see you again sometime :-)

kevin fowkes said...

...and I add to the above that in the rustbelt the voters take a very dim view of politcians who are in favour of tough environmental regulations, as they restrict production (and therefore employment) at the coal mines and steel plants. Al Gore suffered very badly from this in the rustbelt and so would Hilary.