Monday, February 23, 2015

Does the GOP -- or Anyone -- Want to Live in Giuliani's World?

Rudy Giuliani was embraced, briefly, as the GOP's Great White Hope. Remember?

Really. Imagine: You live in Giuliani's world where, when you look at Barack Obama, you see a man who was warped by communism at an early age. Here's TMP reporting:
"From the time he was 9 years old, he was influenced by Frank Marshall Davis, who was a communist," Giuliani said, adding that Obama's grandfather introduced him to Davis' works.
"He doesn’t talk about America the way John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan did, about America’s greatness and exceptionalism," the ex-mayor added.
He goes on to drag the Rev. Jeremiah Wright into the mix:
Obama was also negatively influence by Chicago Rev. Jeremiah Wright, according to Giuliani.
"He spent 17 years in the church of Jeremiah Wright, and this is the guy who said ‘God damn America, not God bless America,'" he told the Post. "Obama never left that church."
That was Oprah Winfrey's church, too, by the way, that's how "radical" the Rev. Wright is. And Barack Obama did leave that church. He left to become president of the United States.

I don't want to live in the crazytown where the new Rudy Giuliani is apparently running for mayor.

Just found the inevitable walk-back article from CNN. Typically, Giuliani actually fakes the walk-back:
The former New York City mayor took to The Wall Street Journal opinion pages Sunday night seeking to move beyond the firestorm over his comments, saying his problem is really with Obama's policies.
"My blunt language suggesting that the President doesn't love America notwithstanding, I didn't intend to question President Obama's motives or the content of his heart," Giuliani wrote. "My intended focus really was the effect his words and his actions have on the morale of the country, and how that effect may damage his performance."

He went on to critique Obama's language, saying the President should tout the exceptionalism of America more and make the country's differences with nations that have fostered terrorism more clear. He said Obama should criticize the United States' history less often.
But Giuliani emphasized that he "cannot read President Obama's mind or heart."
Not much of a walk-back. He manages to add into the mix that Obama's failure is how he represents U.S. history. He should criticize it less often. He says this while saying he "cannot read President Obama's mind or heart."

What the GOP's rabid base hears when Giuliani says this is:
America is awesome! Obama doesn't believe this! He should look at U.S. history and admit that America is awesome! Obama's mind or heart? He must hate us, he's wrecking our morale!
A realistic look at U.S. history is to be avoided in Giuliani's world because it hurts our feelings. Why does Obama look at history the way he does? Because he was warped at an early age by communists.

Thanks for explaining reality to us, Rudy. And thanks to all the media outlets for letting the mayor of crazytown keep our morale up. Repeatedly. Weird, but that's the way we roll in awesome America these days.

Thanks, CNN. Now, find some real news in the real world for us, okay?

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