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Democrats' Debate

Call him the Nostradamus of the 2008 campaign.

Campaigning here in California, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani predicted Monday afternoon that the debating Democrats would not utter the phrase "Islamic terrorists" during their forum in Charleston. According to his crack research team, none of the Dems had uttered the phrase in any of their first three exchanges.

"If they do," Giuliani told a crowd in San Francisco as he lectured them on energy policy, "I'll take credit for it."

Lo and behold, Hizzoner's prediction came true, according to his spokeswoman, Maria Comella. "The Rudy Fun Fact" in her morning email to reporters: "The number of times the Democratic candidates have said 'Islamic Terrorists' in the last four debates: 0."

Giuliani relishes slamming Democrats on the trail and this West Coast swing has been no exception. He called the leading Democratic contenders "a bunch of pessimists and defeatists" and mocked them for "not understanding" a capitalist economy.

"They think its bad. They think its bad to be rich," he said. "I was a little kid who grew up in Brooklyn. I thought it would be great to be rich."

--Michael D. Shear

By Post Editor  |  July 24, 2007; 11:56 AM ET
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Rudy Fun Fact: place Director of Intelligence Michael Hayden ranked Islamic terrorists in terms of threats to us in Iraq? Fifth out of five.

But wait, the threat Hizzoner is talking about is here in the U.S.? And here I thought the reasoning behind his absurd boosterism of the war in Iraq to "fight them there so we don't have to fight them here"?

Hmm, maybe the Iraq war isn't going as well as he seems to think! Naw, I don't want to be a defeatist like those know-nothings at the CIA and the State Department.

Posted by: kszimmerman | July 24, 2007 3:56 PM | Report abuse

"Do you want the USA to be a country of winners or a country of wimps?"

Winners of what? I didn't realize there was a contest. Neither the election, the war or our foreign policy should be pursued like a football game. They require intelligent, informed decision making; not boosterism.

Posted by: pinemt | July 24, 2007 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Rudy Giuliani is the candidate for winners. The Democrats are the candidates for wimps.

Do you want the USA to be a country of winners or a country of wimps?

Posted by: julioamarquez | July 24, 2007 2:54 PM | Report abuse

We have a government that seems to be useless. Our standards of living are in the toilet yet everything is good because business made money??? I have a brother in law that makes close to 200K but with 4 kids he is working from paycheck to paycheck. I can't believe that the average house in parts of the country cost 600-700k yet average salaries are less then 50k. Our education cost are ridiculous and the business that provide these ugly student loans are better protected then the students. I am sick and tired of feeling the victim. The citizens of this country are tired of feeling like victims. Where is our government??? Give them a few years and I'm sure if we call any federal agency we will get someone in India to respond to a citizens needs after all isn't it cheaper?

Posted by: joedav12 | July 24, 2007 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Sure it's great to be rich if you are rich. What Giuliani doesn't follow up with is it sucks to be poor if you are poor. Why didn't Rudy simply say, "Let them eat cake?"

Posted by: agolembe | July 24, 2007 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm afraid it's Giuliani and the so-called "fiscal conservatives" who don't understand a capitalist economy. Capitalism, as delineated by Adam Smith, is intended to be good for the manufacturer, the consumer and the worker. It is supposed to self-correct (the invisible hand) when wages are too low and working conditions are unsafe or unethical. This is supposed to happen with competition for workers the same way business competes for customers. In order for either correction to work, manufacturers, workers and customers have to all be in the same market. If the workers are in China, getting 10 cents an hour and customers are in the U.S. the invisible hand fails and no market correction takes place. What you have then are U.S. workers with no jobs, substandard products; consumers held hostage to Walmart quality crap. What we need is a Keynesian capitalism, with government helping businesses to be responsible to workers and the environment using both incentives and regulations. And don't be fooled by conservative propaganda; the Dems don't want socialism any more than Rudy does. And Republicans don't want free-market capitalism. If they did they'd put an end to corporate welfare and no-bid contracts.

Posted by: pinemt | July 24, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

John Edwards will no doubt rebut Giuliani's last remark. By the way, you need apostrophes in "its" when you measn "it is."

Posted by: pcstorandt | July 24, 2007 1:15 PM | Report abuse

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