Monthly Archives: November 2007

A Politician Doing the Right Thing…Without the Press!

A month ago, the most serious natural disaster struck America since Hurricane Katrina as wildfires burned through huge portions of California, destroying hundreds of homes in its wake. Occasionally within the onslaught of media coverage, a story of neighborly kindness would seep through and we would see a portion of America that we can be proud of. One would think that amidst all of the media coverage, good and bad, that a story about one of our Presidential candidates quietly serving his neighbor (so to speak) would be easily discovered and reported. But, alas, it was not.

Daniel B. at Confessions of a Political Junkie breaks the story, in which Mitt Romney, who was visiting his son in California prior to a meeting later in the day, joined a handful of people to help a local person tear the roots of a tree destroyed in the fire out of his front yard. An email obtained by David B. relates the following:

Remember that big pine tree right in the front as you walk out the front door. It pretty well got cooked in the fire. In fact Brian *, Steve *, Chris *and Jeremy * cut most of it down the first day we were allowed back in the neighborhood. But the trunk and the stump was too much to handle that day.

Last week a brother in the Del Sur ward sent me an email and said he and some others would like to do something to help. I told him that one of the things on my “to- do” list was to remove a tree stump from my front yard, but it was a pretty big job! He said they wanted to come and do it. I reluctantly said OK, but, “I do not expect you to really get it out because it is a big root. It has been there for over 20 years.” So he called me to confirm and said that they were coming at 7am on Wednesday morning and his DAD might come too. I decided to go to Los Primos and get some breakfast machaca burritos and orange juice for the crew coming to work on my stump..so I was late in arriving. I drove in from Cabela because it gives me a better feeling entering our street as none of the homes at the top of Luz Pl were burned. As I drove up I looked and saw several men down in the hole around the tree.
They were really going at it with power saws provided by the LDS Church. Then I got a Big Surprise. First I saw Matt, then beside him with chain saw buzzing away was a candidate for President of the United States!!! You guessed it!! Matt Romney was there with his DAD, “MITT ROMNEY”, former governor of Massachusetts
and republican presidential candidate. He was actually in Levi’s and a blue T shirt and tennis shoes, with leather gloves and goggles. He was really sawing away at my stump! Others who were there working were LDS Bishop Jim Davies, Greg Davis and 6 LDS Missionaries. Oh and I almost forgot the Secret Service bodyguards were nearby standing guard. The Mormon Missionaries were there because they have been reassigned to disaster relief projects all over San Diego where the fires burned. They got assigned by their leaders to come to our home at 11372 Luz Place that morning. There were no local news media. Mitt and Matt Romney were just being good neighbors helping neighbors. Mitt was in Southern Calif for some meetings later in the day up in
Riverside/San Bernardino. I can really tell that the Romney’s know how to work and to work really hard. I looked over my shovel at one point and sweat was running down Mitt’s face. When I suggested we
stop for a breakfast burrito, I got a polite ‘maybe later, gotta get this root out.” Mitt told me that this reminded him of taking out a stump on the ranch with his father.after it was too much his Dad(George Romney) said get some dynamite! Well, Mitt attacked that old stump, cutting as many of the big roots as he could until it was well time past for he and Matt to leave for their meetings up north. I put a Machaca burrito in Mitts hand and a glass of O.J. I could tell he didn’t like leaving the job partially completed and neither did Matt. But I knew
they had “bigger stumps” elsewhere that day.”

I have a hard time explaining my thoughts about this. This is the kind of man Mitt is. This is the kind of man America needs at its helm. The thing that eats at me is all of the ignorant people who think that Mitt is a fake and silver-spoon, selfish CEO. What are the chances that those folks’ respective candidate would do this without the media? Let me name those who I think would: Mike Huckabee, John McCain (maybe), and Barack Obama. I couldn’t imagine Rudy Giuliani or Hillary Clinton doing something like this. Additionally, what a stark contrast when compared to the latest news coming out about Rudy, that he misappropriated New York funds and security to cheat on his wife.

Sadly, this story will likely be missed or, more likely, blatantly ignored by the MSM and new media folks who have more of an audience than I do. Besides, even if it is reported widely, cynics and die-hard anti-Mitt folks will simply try to spin it as Mitt only doing it for publicity.

The great thing is, is that it is highly likely that Mitt would prefer to keep this under wraps. Service isn’t meant to be broadcast for all to see. But I cannot let this pass, especially as Mitt is so often attacked for being fake and insincere. America should only be so lucky to have a person like Mitt Romney to serve as our President.

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GOP Debate: Mitt, McCain Winners; Rudy Lost

 UPDATE: The General who asked the Gays in the Military question is indeed on Hillary’s staff.  CNN announced it and claimed that had it known they would have mentioned it or not used the question.  Here is the link to the announcement by the Clinton campaign.

The CNN/YouTube debate was among the most heated debates yet. The defining moment of the debate occurred at the beginning with a lively exchange between Mitt and Rudy. Rudy claimed that Mitt hired an illegal to work on his house and Mitt called him out and essentially said, “So you are saying that when an American hires a company to do it’s yard work and you happen to hear an individual with an hispanic accent, then you should go and make sure he is here legally?” It was a perfect response. It made Rudy look foolish and really baffled him and threw him off his game early.

Romney also had a solid answer to his change on Abortion. He came out and admitted that he had changed and would not apologize for it.

Mitt’s worst moment was regarding the Gay’s in the military; Mitt was basically caught in a flip-flop.

As for Rudy, he really stumbled a lot and never got back on track. That is really all there is to say about that.

McCain also had a strong night because half of the evening was on Iraq and foreign policy. He knows the issue and is an authority thereon. The thing that annoys me is that he always brings up his Vietnam POW experience and mentioned his trip to Iraq over Thanksgiving a few times. Enough already.

My rankings:

1. Mitt

2. John

3. Fred

4. Mike

5. Rudy

It will be interesting to see what effect this has on the race. After Mitt had a bad debate a few months ago, his poll number dipped, will the same be true for Rudy?

Final points:

1. I was really disappointed in the crowd at the debate, they were very disrespectful.

2. Anderson Cooper couldn’t get control of the debate early, it was funny to watch.

3. Rumor has it that the General that asked the Gay’s in the Military question is a member of the Clinton campaign. If true, this is potentially a big issue.

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2008 GOP Race: Open Thread Poll Results

Many thanks to all who commented on their preferences for President and VEEP on the GOP side of the house.  As predicted and unsurprisingly, Mitt Romney received over 80% of the vote.  Of course, that stands to reason as the most likely readers of this blog are Mitt supporters.  Nevertheless, both Ron Paul and Duncan Hunter received votes as well.

As for the VEEP selections there were a lot of different and interesting recommendations, even one vote for Tom Brady; people sure like him in Boston.  In the thread, 23 different names were proposed as VEEP candidates, most of them on a ticket with Mitt Romney.  The top 5 are:

1. Jim DeMint (South Carolina):  DeMint has been among the staunchest supporters of Mitt since his candidacy began.  He is also a popular Senator in SC.  Putting DeMint on the ticket would likely help Mitt win the south and overcome some of the Mormon fears.

2. Duncan Hunter (California):  People love his stances on national security and believe that he would likely fill any concern that voters have over a perceived lack of foreign policy experience for Romney.  He also comes across as a ‘tell it how it is’ kind of person, appealing but dangerous in an election.

3. Sarah Palin (Alaska): Palin is a ridiculously popular governor in Alaska. She has spearheaded efforts to rid Alaska of corruption from both parties. Additionally, the fact that she is female would be a great benefit in a run against Hillary.   If Mitt really wants to come across as the candidate for change and honesty, Sarah may be the best bet.  However, she is largely unknown and is from a state that is very Red, would she be any help in the South or in swing states?

T4- Charlie Crist (Florida) – A popular governor in a swing southern state.  Apparently has some issues though according to one commenter.

T4-Haley Barbour (Mississippi) – Another popular southern governor, would be a huge help in the South.

T4-Colin Powell- Wishful thinking on the part of many of us.  He is hugely popular, viewed as honest and forthright, and Black.  All things that could greatly help a GOP candidate this election.  

Thanks again for all of your comments and suggestions!

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OPEN THREAD: What is your ideal ticket for 2008?

This is your chance to share what your ideal GOP and/or Democratic ticket would be.  In a couple of days I will post the which candidates and veeps received the most votes.  Comment away!

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Paging Fred Thompson…Paging Fred Thompson

Hey Fred, you may want to actually campaign if you want to be the President, it is not a birthright.  Where have you been? While you’ve been sleeping or watching The Office or doing whatever you are doing, you’re campaign has fallen apart.  Have you seen the polls lately?

Seriously Folks, have any of you seen a less interested major Presidential candidate?  Even Sam Brownback wandering around aimlessly asking Mitt bloggers if we knew where he should be at the Defending the American Dream Summit showed more energy and desire.  It is really quite astounding. I cannot for the life of me understand how he is still polling so high nationally…well, yes I can, Americans aren’t even paying attention, they just know that Fred is that actor guy.

How bad has it become?  Let’s look at how he is doing, starting with his “firewall” state first:

South Carolina:  While Romney, Giuliani, and McCain are in a dead heat, Thompson is running 4th, seven points back of Mitt.  His SC numbers have dropped from a high of 26 in September to 13 today.  Really this is all I need to write, to confirm that he is done, but let’s continue to look at the other key states of Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada for fun.

Iowa: Romney holds a strong lead here with an RCP average of 28%, followed by Huckabee, Giuliani and then Fred at 11%.  The only bright spot is that he leads McCain, which will likely be gone in two weeks as John continues his climb back into legitimacy.

New Hampshire: Here too Mitt has a gigantic lead, Fred is in….wait for it…SIXTH!  Yes, you read that right, he is in 6th, trailing Mitt, John, Rudy, Ron (yes, Ron in fourth), and Huck.  His percentage of the vote: 4.

Nevada: Ahh, the best race for Nevada, he is actually polling 3rd, though a distant third.   Rudy leads with 29% and Mitt is in a close second, Thompson brings up the middle of the pack with a solid 14% and falling.

Fred Thompson has turned himself into a joke. He may have been a decent President, but he never wanted it.  He was only doing because Southerners wanted a candidate and Jeri proded him.   Fortunately, voters are starting to realize this and are starting to fall in behind a candidate who at least is interested.  It would have been a sad day for democracy had a candidate with as little desire as Fred won the GOP nomination.

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“Sure-Rudys”: Corruption and Rudy Giuliani

The more that I read and learn about Rudy Giuliani’s history, especially as it relates to the Bernard Kerik scandal, the more convinced I am that he is unfit for the Presidency. Not only that, but his Presidency could potentially do irreparable damage to the Republican party. His liberal social stances (which don’t trouble me as much as they do most conservatives), the likelyhood of an extremely harsh foreign policy, and his continued ability to be drawn into scandal after scandal are a recipe for disaster for the GOP and America.

Yesterday, Time published an article by Michael Duffy titled, Rudy Giuliani’s Kerik Problem. This is more than a problem, it is a train wreck. Here are some troubling passages from the piece:

The promotion would make Kerik the No. 2 man at the agency overseeing the city’s prisons and lockups. Kerik balked, worried about his qualifications, but Giuliani insisted. “Just do this,” the mayor said. “Do what I’m telling you.” Relenting, Kerik agreed, but as he tells the story in his autobiography, what happened next was a little creepy. “In this dark sitting room, one by one, the mayor’s closest staff members came forward and kissed me. I know the mayor is as big a fan of The Godfather as I am and I wonder if he noticed how much becoming part of his team resembled becoming part of a Mafia family. I was being made. I was now a part of the Giuliani family, getting the endorsement of the other family members, the other capos.”

Obviously the most troubling aspect of the precedeing paragraph was the staff members being brought into kiss Kerik. It continues:

The call was the most important Giuliani had to make. And so the choice of Kerik and the relationship between the two men raise legitimate questions about how Giuliani would perform as commander in chief: Does he choose his team members for their competence or for their obedience? Does he prize loyalty at the expense of ethics? Or does he now see in his relationship with Kerik clear lessons about how he rewarded and promoted those around him?

Loyalty isn’t just any virtue for Giuliani; in his memoirs he called it “the vital virtue.” That’s an interesting plug from a man who has been married three times and informed one of his ex-wives that their marriage was over at a press conference. Loyalty, an attractive virtue in friendship, is an alarming one in politics, when faithful cronies are promoted in public service simply because they show fealty to the boss.

This is what is most troubling. While loyalty is important, it is not everything. There are times when circumstances dictate that loyalties be split in order to do the right thing. It appears that Giuliani lacks this ability.

Additionally, this is the exact problem that President Bush has had, and it has cost him and the country dearly. What I see from Giuliani is essentially a less level-headed and quicker to the trigger Bush. I think he will simply be a more hard-core extension of the Bush presidency, and that would be terrible. (Note: I think Pres. Bush has done a good job as President and I do support him, however, I also think that it would be healthy for the country to have a change of pace, hence why I like Mitt).

Giuliani also has a problem of being able to give credit where credit is due and, like Bush, listening to dissenting opinons. Essentially, Rudy surrounds him self with “yes-men” who will tell him what he wants to hear.

Giuliani has never been famous for tolerating dissent or sharing credit. His assistants in the U.S. Attorney’s office had a tart nickname for the people Giuliani often promoted: they were called “the Sure-Rudys,” guys who would echo the boss’s instincts and decisions no matter their wisdom — as in “Sure, Rudy.” The Sure-Rudys weren’t very smart, a former assistant said, but they would reliably tell Giuliani he was right.

I don’t think I need to tell you how this would be detrimental in the White House. We already saw some of this in 2003 regarding WMDs. At least now we have Petraeus, Gates, and Mukasey; all of whom seem to not be afraid to say what they think. Conversely, expect a Giuliani administration to be full of incompetent “Sure-Rudys”.

Finally, there are indications that Giuliani was aware of or at least was suspicious of Kerik’s antics all along:

There is some evidence that Giuliani had at least a hint of his top cop’s darker connections. Earlier this month, the New York Times reported that the man who oversaw the vetting of Kerik to be police commissioner in 2000 was aware of Kerik’s ties to Interstate Industrial. According to his notes, the investigator, Edward Kuriansky, briefed both Giuliani and his chief counsel on the matter. Giuliani told a state grand jury last year that while he recalled Kuriansky’s briefing, he had no recollection of hearing about Kerik’s relationship with the firm or its principals.

What I see in all of this is the makings of an extremely corrupt Presidency. One which would prove to be disasterous for America and worse for the GOP. The GOP, of all groups, should be shunning corruption in all its forms considering its recent history.

If the final race ended up being between Clinton and Giuliani, we will have a choice between two people with very scary and shady backgrounds and the makings for guaranteed corruption in the White House. So how do I vote in that circumstance? Probably 3rd party while hoping Hillary wins. Why? Because she will be beatable in 2012, and her replacement will hopefully be one of good conservative credentials that I can be proud of. If Giuliani wins, he will not win a second term and we will be guaranteed a Democratic president in 2012. That’s not what I want. I would rather suffer through 4 years of Clinton than through 12 years of corruption and socialist policies. There are enough great candidates running for President on the GOP side, why choose the one with the most baggage and penchant for mafia-style leadership? I, for one, am backing Romney, but McCain, Thompson (though a disaster in his own right), and Huckabee also have the ability to be good Presidents without destroying the country and the party. Think about it.

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More Corruption Tied to the Giuliani Camp

The Bernard Kerik saga has been a major thorn in the side of the Giuliani campaign over the past six months.  The man that Rudy advocated and pushed hard to be the Chief of Homeland Security (DHS), turned out to be extremely corrupt and now is the target of a suit by author and former lover Judith Regan.  Initially, the only acts of impropriety between Kerik and Regan was an extra-marital affiar.  Inappropriate, yes; illegal, no — and certainly not enough to damage the Giuliani campaign.

What is devastating to the Rudy camp are the actions taken by NewsCorp during the whole Kerick – DHS proceedings.  According to the Ms. Regan, she was fired from News Corp after, among other things, a senior executive there encouraged her to lie to federal investigators about her past affair with Kerik after he had been nominated to become homeland security secretary in late 2004.  Why was she encouraged to lie?  Because New Corp didn’t want it to hurt the Presidential aspirations of Rudy Giuliani.  The company, according to the lawsuit, has ” long sought to promote Mr. Giuliani’s ambitions.

The filed complaints by Regan adds:

A senior executive in the News Corporation organization told Regan that he believed she had information about Kerik that, if disclosed, would harm Giuliani’s presidential campaign. This executive advised Regan to lie to, and to withhold information from, investigators concerning Kerik.

Continues:

This smear campaign was necessary to advance News Corp.’s political agenda, which has long centered on protecting Rudy Giuliani’s presidential ambitions…Thus, because of the damaging information that defendants believed Regan possessed, defendants knew they would be protecting Giuliani if they could pre-emptively discredit her.

The defense that the Giuliani camp will implement will likely claim that Rudy cannot control the actions of others and that he had nothing to do with News Corp whatsoever.  This is a legitimate defense and provides some sufficient cover.  It would have been (or could be) a different story if one of the News Corp individuals involved was/is employed by the Giuliani campaign. 

However, this shows a complete lack of judgement on the part of Giuliani with whom he associates himself.  This whole Kerik debacle would not even be an issue if Giuliani would not have pushed so hard for him to be head of DHS.  But the fact that Rudy did ties him extremely close with all things Kerik, positive and negative. 

Additionally, it shows that Rudy has had his eye on the Presidency for a long time.  It is highly unlikely that Rudy or his advisors did not have any influence on News Corp.  News Corp did not just wake up one morning and decide that they wanted Rudy to be President and, hence, would protect and promote him.  No, undoubtedly Rudy made his intentions known and likely had/has a close relationship with News Corp execs.  It is highly unlikely that Rudy was unaware of this Regan saga.  

If, indeed, Rudy did know what was going on, or even had a suspicion, and did not stop it, his campaign is over.   This activity on the part of News Corp is so corrupt, so inappropriate that  for an individual wanting to lead the free world to be a closely connected to it as Rudy is extremely troubling and it should send up huge red flags to the voters.  How could someone vote for a person who continually surrounds himself with bad and corrupt people?  Also, it is only November 2007 and Rudy already has this much dirt coming out about him, what can we expect in January or in October when the elections are really heating up?  And what kind of people would he have running our various agencies? 

I have long said that I won’t vote for Giuliani, even in the general against Hillary, because something in my gut tells me that he is not a good person.  I have always felt somewhat guilty for that considering I don’t know the man at all, but day by day my gut feelings are being confirmed.  Rudy Giuliani is a man of poor judgement and moral corruption.  There are plenty of great candidatea for President;  Romney, McCain, and Huckabee would all be just as effective a President as Giuliani, so why support him?   Let’s rid ourselves of corruption where possible and stand behind a person of integrity and morals;  the GOP has already had enough corruption scandals.

Side Note: It also is fitting that News Corp owns Fox News.  Fox News has been the biggest cheerleader for Giuliani.  I remember watching the last GOP debate and Fox was shameless in their love and admiration for Rudy.  All of it is just one big circle of backroom dealing and special interest.     

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