Giuliani Still Looking To Get Elected

19 Nov

Former New York Mayor and punch-line-of-the-week Rudy Giuliani has decided that he won’t run for Governor in New York in 2010.  Instead, he’ll apparently run for the US Senate against Kirsten Gillibrand.

What makes this somewhat interesting is that, despite all his recent Palinist bluster, Giuliani is as much a New York Republican as, say, Dede Scozzafava.  (If he isn’t, then he’s just an inconsistent clown, which returns us to the punch-line-of-the-week.  My God, it’s all so cyclical).

Perhaps he can take a cue from his 2008 Presidential bid, and not campaign anywhere in the state except for the conservative-leaning, heavily populated Suffolk County.  Call it a “Suffolk Strategy“.  Also, Giuliani is excited to win the Senate and then quickly parlay that into another destined-to-fail Presidential run.  Look out, Florida!

13 Responses to “Giuliani Still Looking To Get Elected”

  1. Eric Saldanha November 19, 2009 at 11:56 pm #

    I look forward to another campaign from America’s Mayor, which will consist of “noun, verb, 9/11”

    Rudy’s run for the roses last year made Fred Thompson’s look professional and engaged.

  2. Bill Altreuter November 20, 2009 at 9:42 am #

    Rudy has, arguably, the skill set that being a governor calls for. He was a pretty capable executive when he was mayor, although, to be sure, he was also a polarizing asshole who the city was happy to see the back of at the end.

    I don’t see that he has demonstrated that he has any of the tools that being an effective legislator requires. He is not an adept deal-maker, and he does not have a particular area of policy expertise– except, I suppose, criminal justice and urban affairs. He’d be joining the minority caucus, which means that he’d be costing the state influence. It seems probable that he would be using the Senate as a platform for another run at the presidency, and although that’s what most people who run for the Senate are doing, it doesn’t help New York any.

    Finally, it has been a long time since he’s run an effective campaign. He was at the end of his third term when the planes hit the towers. Subtract four years from that and you see that he last faced serious electoral opposition in 1997. I was pretty sure I remembered who ran against that year, but I had to look it up– it was Ruth Messinger. I don’t see him walking away from a pretty lucrative career in the private sector, and if he does, I think he’ll get creamed.

  3. buffaloobserver November 20, 2009 at 9:45 am #

    Why would anyone vote for this washed up clown? To keep us safe from terrorists? He didn’t do so good of a job in NYC in that regard. Anyway, it shouldn’t surprise anyone since even he knows he couldn’t get elected as governor. Next year he will realize the same and not run for Senator. Nobody wants to admit that they are at the end of the line so to speak ,so Rudy will always “keep his options open” so as to stay in the limelight and try to be relevant on the national stage via Fox News etc. The only seat this guy should worry about is the one he occupies at Yankee Stadium.

  4. Hank November 20, 2009 at 12:13 pm #

    He’d be joining the minority caucus, which means that he’d be costing the state influence.

    Bill—NYS HAS NO INFLUENCE.—Once the largest delegation in the House, NY’s is just another average sized group of buffoons, representing a state whose failboat is aground in shoal waters. Don’t matter who get’s hillary’s seat—which her carpetbagging ass should never have had in the first place. All she did is move to L. I. and use NYS like the whore that it is as a springboard to a presidential run. When the sitting governor is matched with an AG that hasn’t even said he’s running yet, and the governor is down 76-16%, Influence and prestige for NYS is something you shouldn’t be worrying about…..EXCELSIOR!

  5. Ward November 20, 2009 at 2:49 pm #

    For a “washed up clown” he seems to be kicking Gillibrand pretty well in the latest Marist poll: 54% to 40% as of today. What does that make Gillibrand?

    This snarky post is probably a good barometer of the Dems’ fear of his potential Senate candidacy.

    • Alan Bedenko November 20, 2009 at 3:56 pm #

      Yes, Rudy Giuliani has more name recognition than Kirsten Gillibrand. Thanks for pointing that out.

  6. Byron November 20, 2009 at 3:50 pm #

    Yes, just like last year we were afraid of Sarah Palin.

    It’s the Repubs that are the bed-wetters, though. Just ask Rep. Shadegg.

  7. Hank November 20, 2009 at 4:05 pm #

    You’re STILL afraid of Sarah Palin—-If liberals weren’t afraid of her, they would leave her alone. but the attacks keep coming. If she’s such an ignorant loser, you’d hear about her about as much as we have Michael Dukakis in the last 20 years. Now THERE’s an ignorant loser for ya.

    • Alan Bedenko November 20, 2009 at 4:38 pm #

      How can we leave her alone when she won’t go away?

      And the “afraid” meme is awesome. Yes, I am “afraid” that she will expose herself as fundamentally wrong and unintelligent during yet another national federal campaign for office.

      Being governor of Alaska was too much effort for her!

  8. Byron November 20, 2009 at 4:23 pm #

    Palin-Giuliani 2012!!!

  9. BrianS November 20, 2009 at 4:41 pm #

    Democrats are not AFRAID of Palin, that’s just more conservatives trying to feel good about the mess they’re in. Fact is, Democrats are outraged that anyone would be naive enough to think Palin is in any way capable or worthy of being considered for high office, no less the Presidency. The Republican party really has become the Party of Dumb.

  10. Jon Splett November 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm #

    Sarah Palin scares the shit out of me.

    Any time someone so devoid of intelligence rises to the level of prominence she has by spewing nothing but empty bullshit that the morons in red states eat up, I get scared.It’s exactly how Bush got elected and just the thought of that happening again has me terrified. Stupid people vote for stupid reasons and she’d have no problems reestablishing an idiocracy in America.

    Call me crazy but as a bleeding heart uber-liberal, I’d rather the republicans put up a solid, intelligent candidate who forced the democrats to raise their game, have to work hard to earn votes and combat talent with talent. Sadly, based on the current state of American politics, that has absolutely zero chance of happening and the discourse will remain pathetic.

  11. Eric Saldanha November 20, 2009 at 6:20 pm #

    @ Hank – at least Michael Dukakis finished his term as governor after losing the Presidential campaign. Unlike the beauty queen ex-Governor of Alaska whose notable achievement post-election has been getting into a pissing match with the teenager who knocked up her daughter. And “writing” a self-pitying hagiography.

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