Carol Platt Liebau: It's the Sanctimony

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

It's the Sanctimony

Real Clear Politics' Tom Bevan writes about the McCain dichotomy -- so good on some issues (spending, foreign policy), so out of touch on others (campaign finance reform, immigration).

Funny -- Rudy Giuliani likewise has enormous disagreements with conservative Republicans on issues ranging from abortion to guns to gay rights, yet he doesn't elicit the same degree of irritation from many Republicans. Certainly, he's not as constantly in the public eye as McCain, but there's more to it.

With John McCain, one occasionally sniffs the fetid odor of sanctimony -- he believes what he does because he's just a better person. Better than the free-spending Republicans, better than the weak-kneed Democrats, and certainly better than all the "special interests" who have the temerity to want to exercise their First Amendment rights.

Giuliani is far from perfect -- but at least you get the sense that he realizes it. With McCain, you're not so sure.

7 Comments:

Blogger wile e coyote said...

Guiliani does not have a small ego.

But, he has not been pushing bad legislation on the national stage.

Instead, he was putting inside trader behind bars and cleaning up New York City. His record of getting things done as an executive gives him a credibility that legislators, however, popular or effective, lack

8:53 AM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

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9:18 AM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

I wonder if Guiliana would, unlike Bush, call for a cease-fire as innocent American's are trapped in the war zone and being killed by Israeli forces.

We have the worst president and GOP lead congress in America's history.

There is absoultely no reason that they can not insist on a temporary cease-fire, so innocent Americans can be saved. Instead of doing the job of protecting Americans, they are sending more bombs that will kill our trapped citizens.

This is crazy!

9:28 AM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

First, I seriously haven't heard of any Americans being hurt. I may have missed it.

Secondly, how many are forced to be there? In any case, why wait? Run like hell.

Thirdly, cease-fires will always be used by the scumbag Hezbollah types to gain any advantage, including firing upon an enemy who isn't firing at all. Heck, that's how this started.

Finally, none of this, including the goofy opinion of Bush being the worst president in American history, has anything to do with the thread.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Ditto will use any excuse to fight for those opposed to freedom. I think he's advocating the U.S. sanction "hudna".

11:02 AM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

I wondered what Ruddy would do as a president? Would he let New Yorkers trapped in a war zone die or would he call for a temporary cease-fire to save them.

Here is a link about American's trapped in Lebanon. This is not the original article I read that suggested many Americans have been killed but, I'm not sure what paper that was from. If I find it later, I'll post a link to it.

http://tinyurl.com/fz6c2

By the way Israel started the conflict but, it is not being widely reported in our press. They had entered gaza and captured two citizens. The next day Hexbollah captured Israeli soldier and asked for release of illegally held prisoners, than Israel went nuts boming Lebanon citizens.

Here is some more fine news:

Israeli Bombs Results in Massive Lebanon Oil Spill

It looks like an eco-nightmare is taking place on the beaches of Lebanon. Reports coming in say beaches are being clogged with oil because five out of six oil tanks at the electricity plant in Jiyeh were destroyed by Israeli bombs.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

Greg,

You don't see me giving Iraqi PM standing ovations in the halls of Congress after he promised to send money to Hezbollah.

The only explanation is that Republicans are completely corrupt and power drunks.

11:16 AM  

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