Thursday, March 01, 2007

Rudy’s judicial “out”reach

Rudy Giuliani hit some speedbumps in his outreach to social conservatives this week both in Iowa and nationally. First, according to friends of the Cooler who attended the Iowa Christian Alliance’s annual spring event last night in Dallas County, Rudy Giuliani’s campaign was missing in action. Many of the 2008 candidates had tables in the foyer including: Huckabee, Brownback, McCain, Romney, even Duncan Hunter and Tom Tancredo. Rudy Giuliani’s campaign on the otherhand was absent.

As we’ve reported here, Rudy Giuliani has acquired a staff in Iowa. They’ve been making phone calls and have been present at a couple events in the last few weeks. It seems strange that they would skip that event. To rub salt in the wound the keynote speaker specifically mentioned the importance of supporting candidates that are pro-life. You would think this is a group Rudy would be targeting, not ducking.

Then Politico piled on. Reporter Ben Smith has this must read article about the not-so constructionist judges Rudy was appointing in New York. Here are some particularly damning passages.

A Politico review of the 75 judges Giuliani appointed to three of New York state's lower courts found that Democrats outnumbered Republicans by more than 8 to 1. One of his appointments was an officer of the International Association of Lesbian and Gay Judges. Another ruled that the state law banning liquor sales on Sundays was unconstitutional because it was insufficiently secular.

A third, an abortion-rights supporter, later made it to the federal bench in part because New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer, a liberal Democrat, said he liked her ideology.
International Association of Lesbian and Gay Judges huh?

How is that going to play in Sioux County….


Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, Rudy's not pandering to the wingnut wackos. The news here is?

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The event was on Tuesday, not last night.

On the 2nd part the news is he's been touting his "strict constructionists" for the last couple weeks. Oops.

1:43 PM  
Blogger murphy said...

One point that I've heard brought up by Rudy supporters is that he couldn't be expected to get his way with judicial appointments in the raging liberal heart of NYC.

That would be a great point if it were true. The NYC nomination process is unique in how much control it gives the Mayor. Rudy personally appointed 45% of the judicial council. For every open seat, the council then gives the Mayor three choices, and he gets the final decision on which of those three get the seat.

Rudy wasn't muscled into anything during his tenure. Those judges are the results of Rudy's decisions in packing the judicial council and in selecting its recommendations.

3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh my...this isn't good for McCain. Is it a strategy to win the general by moving left? He's made some odd choices in the last few days.

"Former Sen. Rick Santorum has drawn at least one conclusion about the Republican presidential primary field: Anybody but John McCain.

The Pennsylvania Republican, who signed a contract Thursday as a Fox News contributor, said he has spoken with every GOP candidate – except the senator from Arizona – but it’s still too early for him to endorse.

“The only one I wouldn’t support is McCain,” Santorum said during an interview in his office at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, where he is a senior fellow."

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cooler - So who has Giuliani hired in Iowa besides Tony Delgado?

6:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:42, wow talk about a blast from the abysmal past.

9:14 PM  
Blogger Steve Rankin said...

Are you aware that Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is also exploring a bid for the Republican presidential nomination?

9:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Ron Paul! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Is his brother/sister Ru going to be his running mate?

12:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see that the Cooler's anti-Rudy bias is starting early.

12:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:14 talking about abysmal pasts whose your chair

8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Word from the CPAC convention is that Rudy is playing really well with them. He's surprisingly acceptable to them. It's his hawk stance that seems to be winning them over the other "speed" bumps mentioned.

McCain is being reviled for his absence.

Line change on McCain. Bad week all around. Weird chioces. It's reminded everyone why they didn't like him in the first place.

Rudy surges, Newt Rises, McCain stumbles, can he stand back up?, Mitt treading water at a distant fourth.

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:27 is confused. Anybody hear Romney made four denials about leaked documents last night in thirty seconds? Somebody must be mad.

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great website showing Romney's campaign of deception.

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...,0,3453027.story

This is RICH!!!

12:53 PM  
Blogger Burton Rider said...

Can't believe you guys didn't post on the CPAC conference...

There was a lot of news made there.

6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GWB never went to CPAC

6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And we always follow what GWB does.

6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Burton Rider, did you see this?

Huckabee and Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo also took veiled swipes at the top contenders, particularly Romney and his changing positions on hot-button social issues.

"We have to have leaders who understand that being a leader is about being a thermostat, not a thermometer," Huckabee said. "We can't afford to elect people who simply reflect a culture and reflect a common view, but don't necessarily believe it."

Tancredo, using a biblical reference, said such conversions "are supposed to be made on the road to Damascus, not the road to Des Moines."


8:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CPAC is so beltway. Bush never went to it either.

I would like to hear how many Iowans were at the almighty CPAC.

Also, going to meeting with gathered conservatives, doesn't... POOF make you a conservative. Sorry.

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That proves that GWB ain't no conservative.

10:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I get it. You have to attend a meeting in Washington to be come a conservative.

How many people at the ICA event have been baptised CPAC.

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 8:00:

I saw those quotes too. What I didn't see was where those two finished in the straw poll. That's because they didn't even rate a mention.

This is down to three people who can win. Giuliani, McCain, and Romney.

Take your pick, the rest don't have a chance.

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Cooler, thanks for reporting on Romney's CPAC straw poll victory. You guys are pathetic. I suspect you wont report on it because Romney kicked McCains a**.

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Romney is the new Bill Frist.

For a definition of the Romney straw vote victory, see also tje Southern Leadership Conference.

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Hotline reported that Romney paid people to attend CPAC and support him.

Pathetic. Truly pathetic. Romney makes me sick.

What say you Burton Rider? What was the going rate for a CPAC vote?

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1204. Get your head out of your ass. They didn't post on McCain's South Carolina Straw Poll win either.

It must be their Romney bias. Didn't want to report because McCain kicked Romney's ***

You're an idiot.

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What they said is still true 10:33. Mitt can't win. Nobody will want to have Eddie Haskell as their nominee.

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mitt Romney as Eddie Haskel. That's funny shit.

I can her Mitt now, "Why, you are looking exceptionally great today Iowa activists."

10:28 PM  

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