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Presidential Campaign

Black Caucus Should Cancel Fox Presidential Debate

When I wrote on this site in support of a Gore-Obama ticket I received a number of hate notes against Barack Obama.

They all made reference to Obama's middle name or the lie that a 6-year-old Barack studied at a school that was friendly to terrorists.

Recently on "Hannity and Colmes," Ann Coulter, who called Sept. 11 widows "harpies" who were not unhappy their husbands died on that day, offered the latest smear against Obama.

It was Rupert Murdoch's Fox News that also "reported" the lie about Obama's childhood.

Last night Chris Matthews demeaned the legacy of NBC and the reputation of MSNBC by giving Ann Coulter a full hour, including a discussion of whether or not she should publicly call for John Edwards's death. 

June Unkind to Giuliani

Ouch, it just keeps coming at Rudy Giuliani. Turns out June is really not his month. Today's dose of news he doesn't want you to use: Giuliani refuses to fire his friend Alan Palca, a Catholic priest accused of molesting students, despite a call from an abuse survivors network; a piece appears in the New York Times about his abortion problems, including a detail about how he was spotted leaving a church service in Washington without taking communion; and former New Jersey Gov. Christine Whitman now says that after Sept. 11, 2001, Giuliani refused to allow EPA workers to wear hazmat suits and refused her request that workers at the World Trade Center wear respirators. "They didn't want this image of a city falling apart. I said, 'Well, that's not acceptable.'"

This last bit is probably the hardest to swallow for Mr. 911 himself because it echoes criticism from the firefighters and their families who still protest Giuliani whenever he is in New York, claiming he failed to keep them safe. Rudy-watchers believe he may not take the eucharist because his second marriage was never annulled. And Giuliani insists Palca has been "unjustly accused." I doubt any of it falls lightly on the ears of conservative primary voters. 

Hillary's Opponents Caught in a Bind

Hillary Clinton's opponents, eager to make up the ground between their candidacies and hers in most national polls, face a basic problem: The Democratic primary voters will not tolerate negatives. So partisan is the division in the country as the 2008 election approaches that Democrats resent it when members of their own party speak ill of Hillary. So how are Obama and Edwards to make up lost ground? They can't throw negatives. Hillary has co-opted their position on Iraq by reversing her previous commitments and voting for a date certain to withdraw and to cut off funding. Neither of Hillary's major opponents has a handle to use in defeating her. And that's why she will probably win the nomination.

The Idle Mind (Part II)

More of today's random thoughts (which really means I didn't have anything I wanted to write about):

I wonder if those sickeningly sweet Romney family blogs can be read safely by diabetics. Or, for that matter, anyone with a gag reflex.

Or can the insider accounts of Rudy Giuliani balance things out?

Do any of the presidential candidates have tattoos? If so, what do they say? Do any of the Romney kids? If they did, they'd probably say "Mom."

With so many companies trying to save money vis-a-vis layoffs, I can't help but wonder why they need a chairman, a CEO, COO, CFO. I mean, what do those guys all do, anyway?

And I've been meaning to mention this: Forget whether Fox News is "Fair and Balanced" — the Democrats and their liberal supporters who want to boycott that network's debates are way out in, uh, left field. I don't know how to say this, folks, but speech in this country is supposed to be free.

Although after this column, people may want to reconsider that.

Bloomberg on a Mission from Karl Rove

How do you spell Bloomberg? N-A-D-E-R!

Yes, no doubt about it. If Michael Bloomberg jumps into the presidential race, he will be the Ralph Nader of 2008 — stealing the White House from the Democratic nominee.

That’s why nobody should take this Bloomberg possibility lightly. Sure, he says he “intends” to complete his term as mayor. But, according to the New York Times, he and his staff spent the last two years researching how to run as an independent. And besides, if he’s not at least thinking about running, why he’d go through all the fuss of changing his party registration?

Of course Bloomberg’s paving the way for running for president as an independent. And what makes him more dangerous than Nader, or Ross Perot, is that Bloomberg has unlimited personal wealth to blow on a presidential run. He’s already said he’d be willing to spend at least $500 million of his own money, if he decides to run. That’ll put him on the ballot in all 50 states. 

Mayor Mike

If Frank Sinatra was "A pauper, a poet, a pawn and a king," Michael Bloomberg has now been a Democrat, a Republican and now an independent. Each stage of his political career has focused on his personal advancement rather than devotion to any issue agenda or coherent philosophy of government. Based on the evidence, it is hard to see how Mayor Mike's presidential aspirations go anywhere next year.

Start with the fact that NO independent has ever been elected president, not cause advocates, not governors, not even a popular former president. Given the umbrella nature of the two major political parties, it is darned near impossible. 

Going South in the Summer

Today is the first day of summer, one that promises to be a hot one for Rudy Giuliani. After a swift and seamless rise to the top, America's Mayor is starting to realize that once you are there, the only other direction is south.

News out this week that could impact Giuliani's candidacy could have been worse, to be sure, but it is hard to imagine there could have been more of it. Consider that: Rudy didn't even show up at meetings of the Iraq Study Group to attend paid speeches, and had to quit it after not participating; Rudy's South Carolina state chairman, Thomas Ravenel, was indicted on charges of cocaine distribution; Rudy's Iowa state chairman, former Rep. Jim Nussle, is leaving to become President Bush's director of the Office of Management and Budget; Michael Bloomberg could spend hundreds of millions running as an independent and threaten Rudy's candidacy with his not-so-disimilar views and appeal to swing and independent voters tired of partisan politics; polls show general support for Rudy is softening; and he is behind former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) and Mitt Romney in Iowa.  

The Idle Mind

Some random thoughts:

The uproar over passport backlogs misses the point: Not only are our leaders trying to make it more difficult for illegal immigrants to get into this country, now they want to make it tougher for CITIZENS to get in.

If the importance of party affiliation continues to decline, would a Richardson-Tancredo ticket be tough to beat?

It was nice to see that video about a new campaign song, featuring candidate Bill Clinton and his wife. Oh. Was that a mistake? 

The Bloomberg Factor

Bloomberg. Let’s get wild and crazy here. The guy is serious. We are at a time when 3 out of 4 Americans believe the nation is seriously on the wrong track, both the Congress and the president are mired in approval ratings in the 20s, and the American people show serious signs of imitating the scene from the movie "Network": They're mad as hell, and they're not going to take it anymore.

So enter Bloomberg ... maybe. But let’s say he runs and the country’s mood doesn’t change into 2008. Where are we headed?

If Ross Perot can snag 19 percent of the vote after self-destructing, you have to believe that's a starting point for Bloomberg.

The Man with No Constituency

Michael Bloomberg has a strong chance of winning the presidential election like I have a strong chance of being voted the next American Idol. I guess it could happen, but I don’t know why it would happen.

Just who is Bloomberg’s constituency? He raised taxes in New York, supports same-sex marriage, opposes Second Amendment gun rights, equates U.S./Mexico border security with communism and detained 2,000 war protestors during the GOP convention in Manhattan. So there’s something for everyone to dislike about the guy. Besides, Democrats already have one liberal New Yorker to vote for in Hillary Clinton. Why do they need another?