Questioning Giuliani’s Judgment

He quit the Iraq Study Group so he could go raise money for himself and folks like Ralph Reed.

On one day the panel gathered in Washington – May 18, 2006 – Giuliani delivered a $100,000 speech on leadership at an Atlanta business awards breakfast. Later that day, he attended a $100-a-ticket Atlanta political fundraiser for conservative ally Ralph Reed, whom Giuliani hoped would provide a major boost to his presidential campaign.


  1. Jeff Emanuel says:

    Later that day, he attended a $100-a-ticket Atlanta political fundraiser for conservative ally Ralph Reed, whom Giuliani hoped would provide a major boost to his presidential campaign.


  2. Rogue109 says:


    Did he quit the “9/11 commission” as you write or the “Iraq Study Group” as is described in the article? They are two different things.

    Either way, who cares? Thompson has pulled ahead of him for the first time in the most recent Rasmussen Report.

  3. Federalist says:

    You know, Rudy is trying to win a campaign. Period. It is going to require duping simpleton southern evangelists and “patriots” to get there, and he knows this. Be grateful he even considered coming to GA, it is a safe GOP safehold in the general election…and he should be welcomed at every chance. Believe me, after the primaries are over,…Georgia will not matter. Why? you might ask…Georgia voters do not think about what is best…rather they want somebody that is “like” them, on social issues that is. We all know that these multi-millionaire candidates are the best representation a middle/lower-class American can get. right?

  4. Federalist says:

    I agree Jeff, I just think it is an abomination that in the U.S. a middle class candidate will typically lose any election to federal office.

  5. Jeff Emanuel says:

    Fed, I don’t have a great deal of love for “the system,” either.

    Personally, I’m in a bind, as I really don’t want anybody who wants office in office to begin with.

  6. SpaceyG says:

    The Mind of Federalist never ceases to crack me up. “Duping simpleton southern evangelists and “patriots” to get there” is a time-honored Republican Party tactic. Worked for W like a charm. Why not trot it out whenever necessary? Wonder what it’ll do/not do for Thompson though? Should work wonders; we all know how simpletons just love something they saw at the picture show!

  7. grabbingsand says:

    Fed —

    The cost of running for President is a bit prohibitive. In 2004, both the Kerry and Bush campaigns spent about $320 million each. The head-to-head candidates for 2008 will spend at least that much, probably closer to $400 million.

    But how do you fix that?

    Jeff —

    Anyone who runs for office wants to be in that office. If they say they could easily take it or leave it, they’re lying.

    I’m sure that when Almighty Fred steps to the podium to announce officially, he’ll do so with a heavy sigh, claiming that he had no aspirations to ever hold the highest office in the land, no real desire to be President, but “he knew that something had to be done” or “he felt the nudging hand of God” or “he saw no other way to affect change” and so on and so forth.

    But without actually wanting the trophy at the end, why would any sane person ever keep running in a such a soul-scarring, privacy-ripping and ethic-twisting endurance race?

  8. Federalist says:

    I am fine with the system, just not with the voters (and the people) in general. They cry a bridge for how people are dying in Iraq and we should honor them, or how “insert name” died for “insert cause” and we should honor them…well our forefathers and founders fought and died for the “people” to have a right and say so in their representation and few care to even show up. Media has become very expensive, and americans do not seem willing to pull themselves away from the almighty television. Television is why campaigns are so expensive. This presidential campaign for 2008 is going to cost around $1billion per candidate (including party money). It is outrageous.

  9. Clint Austin says:

    It is known that I was not a Reed supporter – but I do support Giuliani now.

    Not much here. Lots of good reasons to not want to be part of the ISG. In retrospect, is there a single thing that group did that has mattered to the process?

    A smart guy like Rudy could have seen that coming – and instead chose to do something that would matter both to his own business and his campaign.

    Moving right along…

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