Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Giuliani In New Hampshire - Why Me?

UPDATE: Our camera jammed during the event. Chris at candidatephotos.com was nice enough to step in and provide us with one of his (great) shots from today.
First the "good" news for New Hampshire Team Giuliani - Rudy's "major policy address" at the Old Bedford Town Hall this morning drew 200+ people, several sticks and lots of Clackers.

GreenMountainPolitics1 included.

The rumor around the campfire was that NH Team Giuliani "threw" the event together with less than 4 days of advance warning.

Nice hustle. If the rumor is true.

Now for the "bad" news - "major policy address" our ass.

Rudy's "Twelve Commitments" is nothing more than a laundry list of vague, poll tested generalities that might get the GOP base fired up. If it was 1999.

Like Commitment #5 - "I will impose accountability on Washington."

Or Commitment #9 - "I will reform the legal system and appoint strict constructionist judges."

And Commitment #12 - "I will expand America's involvement in the global economy and strengthen our reputation around the world."

What is this? A House race in Mississippi?

Simple is as simple does.

But the most noteworthy item, in our view, was when Rudy opened his speech talking about how "leaders" have "a vision for the future".

He even told a nice story about a sign that he kept on his desk as Mayor which stated "I'm Responsible".

But then, before he started his Power Point presentation, he told the crowd that the order of importance of 11 of his 12 Commitments (only #1, stay on offense, was exempt) might change over the next several months as he got out and talked to voters about "what was important to them".

In other words - Elect me. I'm a leader. I have a vision. Unless you have a better vision and then we'll talk.

Visionary? Not really.

More like "who am I and why am I here?"