Rudy demagogues the Democrats
posted at 7:04 pm on July 25, 2007 by Allahpundit
I hate having to defend them but I hate the fact that he traffics in nonsense like this more. He’s already got a rap, and not entirely undeserved, as a one-trick pony; he solidified that at the debate when the Bircheresque tool challenged him to know thine enemy and the best he could do by way of response was a pat if crowd-pleasing affectation of outrage. Now here he is with no fewer than three outright misstatements about the opposition in a single sitting and arguably a fourth depending upon your sense of the mainstream Democratic view on wealth. Rudy: if you can’t engage their actual positions, step away.
“They do not understand a capitalist economy. They think it’s bad. They think it’s bad to make money. They think it’s bad to be rich,” Giuliani said. “I’m a little kid that grew up in Brooklyn. I think it’s great to be rich.”…
“At no time during these debates have (Democrats) ever uttered the words, ‘Islamic terrorist,’ ” Giuliani said. But “if they do, I’ll take credit for it.”…
Specifically mentioning Clinton of New York, Edwards of North Carolina and Obama of Illinois, Giuliani charged that they “want to raise your taxes 20 to 30 percent, and it could be more” — a claim that is not supported by public campaign statements from any of the Democratic top candidates…
“The only thing they’re good about is reducing the military,” he said. “I don’t think that’s the right thing for our economy.”
The first one is at least debatable per some of their rhetoric (Silky’s in particular) but certainly not per their lifestyles. The second may be technically true but they’ve talked about Iran and Al Qaeda, if perhaps without using the actual words “Islamic terrorist”; you’ll find the two frontrunners responding to Kucinich’s plea to put Bin Laden on trial in the third clip here. The last two, as far as I know, are flat wrong. No one’s proposed a tax increase of that magnitude and Hillary and Obama, at least, support expanding the military. Either he honestly doesn’t know where they stand or knows full well and chose to distort their platforms deliberately to make himself look more right-wing by comparison, but someone who’s already suspected of being a lightweight shouldn’t be playing with straw men. As Waffles found out, “electability” can only take you so far. Make the case on the merits or let someone who can do it do it.
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