If we want someone who talks like this as our next president, we may as well elect Cheney:
Rudy Giuliani said if a Democrat is elected president in 2008, America will be at risk for another terrorist attack on the scale of Sept. 11, 2001.
But if a Republican is elected, he said, especially if it is him, terrorist attacks can be anticipated and stopped.
"If any Republican is elected president - - and I think obviously I would be the best at this - - we will remain on offense and will anticipate what (the terrorists) will do and try to stop them before they do it," Giuliani said.
..."I listen a little to the Democrats and if one of them gets elected, we are going on defense," Giuliani continued. "We will wave the white flag on Iraq. We will cut back on the Patriot Act, electronic surveillance, interrogation and we will be back to our pre-Sept. 11 attitude of defense."
He added: "The Democrats do not understand the full nature and scope of the terrorist war against us." ...
Oh, and there's more:
Giuliani said terrorists "hate us and not because of anything bad we have done; it has nothing to do with Israel and Palestine. They hate us for the freedoms we have and the freedoms we want to share with the world."...
No! Please! Not "they hate us for our freedoms"! Make it stop!
But you can actually say these things to a Republican audience and no one will wince. Time hasn't moved on in GOP Land; all the calendars simply stopped on Mission Accomplished day. For Republicans, time just goes in a loop, ending on that day and starting on 9/11.
UPDATE: Thank you, Barack Obama, for this:
Rudy Giuliani today has taken the politics of fear to a new low and I believe Americans are ready to reject those kind of politics. America's mayor should know that when it comes to 9/11 and fighting terrorists, America is united. We know we can win this war based on shared purpose, not the same divisive politics that question your patriotism if you dare to question failed policies that have made us less secure. I think we should focus on strengthening our intelligence, working with local authorities and doing all the things we haven't yet done to keep Americans safe. The threat we face is real, and deserves better than to be the punchline of another political attack.
It could have been even stronger, though -- Harry Reid, your thoughts? And I agree with the comment by racerx:
I can't believe Obama called Giuliani "America's mayor"
Yes, people need to wise up: that's not a nickname at this point, it's a campaign slogan. If you're a Democrat, unless you're laying on the sarcasm, don't use it. It's like saying "morning in America" if you were running against Reagan in '84.