Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Giuliani Runs to the Far Right (Updated)

Apparently the AP misquoted Guiliani as saying Osama instead of Assad (Pres, of Syria) blogger Phillip Klein picked up on the error while watching Countdown. I took a listen and he's right.**

Looks like he's trying to shed any semblance of "liberalism" or even centrism.

From Breitbart

On Iran, Giuliani criticized Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., also a candidate for president, for saying they would engage in diplomatic relations with Iran. Obama has said he would be willing to meet with Iran's leader in the first year of his presidency without conditions; Clinton has said envoys below the presidential level should begin diplomatic work.

"This is the world we live in. It's not this happy, romantic-like world where we'll negotiate with this one, or we'll negotiate with that one and there will be no preconditions, and we'll invite (Iranian President Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad to the White House, we'll invite Osama (bin Laden) to the White House," Giuliani said.

"Hillary and Obama are kind of debating whether to invite them to the inauguration or the inaugural ball," he added.

I understand the Nixonian strategy of "run to the right then run to the center" but I'm thinking that Giuliani's ploy of "Run to the fringe" is going to bite him in the keister with independents. Clinton is one one of the more hawkish Dems and Obama's strategy isn't "pull out once I'm elected". His comment was unfair and unfounded. In my mind the more he talks the scarier he gets. I think that in his bid to woo the remaining members of the GOP he will ultimately scare away moderates and independents thereby throwing the election to the Dem nominee.