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Giuliani Untested, Especially in Ads

Posted by: David Kiley on November 19, 2007

The power of in the 2008 election can be seen in ads for Rudy Giuliani. I saw his new Iowa TV ad on TV, and planned to blog about it. I went to his site,, to find it, and there it was. But I couldn’t embed the ad here. So, I went to as so many people do.

I searched “Giuliani ad.” The first hit to come up, though, is an ad titled “Betrayal of Trust,” released in September by

It reminded me that one of the reasons I suspect Giuliani is suffering in Iowa and New Hampshire where most of the ads are running, and doing much better in national polls, is that most states have not been subjected to the “other side” of Giuliani shown in the ad.

Giuliani received an endorsement from Rev. Pat Robertson despite the fact that, on issues of abortion and gay marriage and homesexual tolerance, Giuliani couldn’t be farther away from Robertson if he were Howard Dean.

Why did hee get Robertson’s emndorsement? Giuliani is viewed as the most sure-fire electable Republican against the likely Demeocratic candidate, Hillary Clinton. But is he? It makes me winder if Robertson is really hip to what happens on the Internet. And if anyone haas shown him 30 minutes of the stuff that’s already on the Net, a lot of which will wind up on TV as well for the folks who don’t surf youtube.

What will happen to Giuliani’s story when ads like Moveon’s start running across the country? And how about ads in Moveon’s desk drawer that show Giuliani in drag being groped by Donald Trump. By the way…you can see that footage on the Internet as well. Giuliani’s unsealed divorce settlement with former wife Donna Hanover (Giuliani plainly stepped out on Hanover while he was the sitting Mayor of NYC and had adolescent age children at home)will also be offered up as content for ads and online smears (not all smears are lies).

All that material is familiar to the media, but they, and the Democrats, are plainly keeping their powder dry by holding most of it in reserve for the general election.

Some so-called expert GOP strategist has said the GOP establishment won’t get behind former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee because “the country will never elect a President named Huckabee, especially one from the same home-towm as Bill Clinton.” One wonders if that expert has seen the footage of Donald Trump groping the false breasts of Rudy Giuliani in drag, and acting as creepily as I have ever seen two creatures act?

Check out that video on Youtube

and Huckabee sounds easier on the ear all the time.

Reader Comments


November 20, 2007 9:24 AM

Technically speaking, the Republican party currently views Mitt Romney as their best shot at defeating Hillary. But there's no way that an Evangelical televangelist would ever publicly support a Mormon and because Robertson is 110% sure that people outside his flock care what he has to say and cling to his every word (the man is anything but humble), he has to endorse someone even if it's a person who supports "abortionists, pagans and feminists who brought about 9/11 with their Godless ways," to use Mr. Robertson's own words. And I think you're absolutely right that MoveOn and NYFD could put a major hurt on Guiliani with his drag queen photos and what's claimed to be insider information about the behind the scenes mistakes he committed on 9/11.

Now the most interesting thing to me is that the GOP and their backers are already aiming all of their rhetoric against Clinton where there are still caucuses and primaries in the way and as we have seen in the last few weeks, there are major chinks in her armor. The Democratic nomination will be a three-way race at least until January 2008 with Obama and Edwards seen as perfectly viable and quite electable contenders. In 2004, John Kerry was polling at 4% until Iowa. Howard Dean seemed inevitable and could do no wrong until his campaign dismantled itself and Kerry won the nomination, vaulting up from obscurity.

The fact that the GOP isn't considering such recent history and focuses 99% of its vitriol and campaigning on Clinton, shows that they out of touch and lacking strategic vision. Hillary is all they've talked about since 1994, Hillary is all they worry about and they've been threatening how they're going to beat Hillary at the polls with their candidate of choice since 2004. These people need to turn on the TV and tune to something other then a Fox News talking head or read something from a wire service...

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