Rudy Giuliani And The Politics Of Fear

April 24, 2007

Someone posted this link on LGF and I couldn’t believe it when I read it.  It’s like deja vu:  Giuliani warns of ‘new 9/11’ if Dems win

“If any Republican is elected president – – and I think obviously I would be the best at this – – we will remain on offense and will anticipate what (the terrorists) will do and try to stop them before they do it,” Giuliani said.

OK.  Never mind the fact that 9/11 occurred while a Republican president (the current one) was in office.  Rudy seems to be implicitly guaranteeing that we won’t have another attack in the 1 1/2 years that Bush has left, in addition to the 4 years that this hypothetical Republican president would serve.  All because we’re on the ‘offensive’.  We’re on the ‘offensive’ all right.  We’re stuck in that ‘offensive’ that has been a cause célèbre for inspiring you jihadis the world over. Maybe Rudy’s right, as I would certainly describe that kind of recklessness in response to a terrorist attack as ‘offensive’.  This is fearmongering, pure and simple.

So, can we get that in writing, Rudy? 

Forget it.  I thought that we’d be done watching the fear card being played in our elections, but here we have Rudy grabbing the torch from Cheney:

. “It’s absolutely essential that eight weeks from today, on November 2nd, we make the right choice, because if we make the wrong choice then the danger is that we’ll get hit again,” the vice president said, “that we’ll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States, and that we’ll fall back into the pre-9/11 mind-set, if you will, that in fact these terrorist attacks are just criminal acts and that we are not really at war.”

I suppose they think they need to keep doing this, but the Republicans watched their polling lead on the issue of ‘terrorism’ erode to the point where the Dems actually had the advantage last November.  Giuliani apparently thinks that people will still buy it.  If it worked in ’04 maybe it will work in ’08.  Or so they hope.

BTW- Ever wonder why the Dems don’t run with the “we may get hit again”?  I don’t understand why they couldn’t.  They could bring up Katrina while they’re at it, and really scare the heck out of people about what might happen if we do have another major attack (knock, knock) while a Republican is in office.  I’d hope they’d be above it (exploiting a national tragedy), and just let the current Republican president’s record speak for itself.

Update:  I should note here that Giuliani never said the words ‘new 9/11’ even though the headline of the Politico story would lead one to believe that he did.  So, I’m going to go ahead and recant my statements above comparing Giuliani’s statements to Cheney’s.  (what’s going on at The Politico?)  I still stand by my assertion that what he’s engaging in here is fearmongering, however.

Update:  I think Keith Olbermann at MSNBC may have seen my post: Video: Olbermann commentary blasts ‘fearmongerer’ Giuliani

One comment

  1. If I were to venture a guess, I would say that Iraq will be the biggest issue for many voters in this next election. I think that a candidate’s stance on what we do next in the Middle East and the war on terror will be a much bigger factor then that candidate’s stance homosexuality or even abortion.

    We will see as the debates begin in the next few weeks.

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