Skip to comments.Giuliani not fit for the White House: poll (Go Rudy!!)
Posted on 03/21/2007 5:04:50 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
A majority of respondents to a Crain's online poll agree with columnist Alair Townsend, who wrote in this week's issue that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani doesn't have the temperament to be an effective president.
Ms. Townsend wrote that, while she had voted for the former mayor three times, she would not be casting a fourth vote for him, criticizing his "stick-in-your-eye" style. Ms. Townsend said that his strong personality would not translate well when it comes to dealing with international leaders and Congress.
About 70% of the 784 respondents to the Crain's poll agree that Mr. Giuliani's argumentative temperament makes him a poor candidate for the White House.
"Rudy does not have the ability to work with others. It is his way or no way," wrote poll respondent Elaine Walsh. "The decisions he made as mayor were not in the best interests of New York City and on Sept. 10, 2001, his days were numbered and he was leaving with a poor record."
Another respondent worries that Mr. Giuliani's aggressive demeanor would do little to bring about much-needed change in Washington.
"If there's one thing we should have learned from the current administration, it's the tragic risks we face when our leaders fail to listen to divergent views," wrote Bill Melville, in survey comments. "For the sake of the nation, we need to get as far from the 'my way or the highway' thinking we're now mired in as possible. Unfortunately, Rudy won't get us there."
About 30% of respondents say that Mr. Giuliani's style would be well-suited for the White House.
"Apparently the ultra liberals are running this poll and feel that Mayor Giuliani is not the man," wrote poll respondent Joseph DiMauro. "I feel differently because he knows how to make decisions in a very hard world filled with tough people."
The results come after a poll earlier this month showed a majority of respondents were concerned about comments made by Mr. Giuliani's son. Fifty-three percent of respondents to that poll said the statements, which revealed an estranged father-son relationship, would renew concerns about Mr. Giuliani's personal life and could damage his presidential ambitions.
Oh, isn't that precious: a painting he labeled antireligious--
Uh, wrong, the painting did a swell job of labeling itself not only antireligious but crap.
And Rudy had the guts to smack the museum causing all the crappy antireligious fairies to shriek at ear-shattering decibels.
He is my kind of guy.
More people trying to re-write history.
Thanks.. I'll never understand why Rudy hasn't joined the Democratic Party unless he is in the GOP simply to finish it off.
Just voted in their new poll!
The state Legislature approved changing New Yorks presidential primary to Feb. 5 from March 4, joining as many as 20 other states. Do you support the move?
"I'd prefer not to have you ankle grabbing Blue Staters influencing the nominations for a queer smooching cross dresser and a bull dyke rapist enabler."
This forum is but a microcosm of the split that Rudy will bring to the Republican party. Election night November 2008 will not be pretty.
Why would he fight with a media that he agrees with 90% of the time?
Thank you for posting.
"do not bemoan Rudy fleeing, I bemoan him ordering everyone stay behind, while he saved his own ass."
Your words you smear Rudy and do this whole
"We're all pro-America Republicans here, yet we are at each other's throats when Rudy comes up" tap dance.
Look in the mirror.
Yes we've already established that the political insiders knew who he was - this was never in dispute, but the average man on the street had never heard of him.
There is no comparison in his "fame" and the unknowns being hailed as saviours here.
This is a matter of your opinion, you can state all day long that the sun rises in the west, but it just ain't so.
And I thought Liberalism was a MENTAL disorder. LOL
Wrong again. Julie Annie wants registration and government permission for gun ownership. If something is a right, you don't have to have the government's permissiion to exercise it. By advocating the need for government permission, Guiliani has advocated turning a fundamental right into a government granted privilege. So yes, he has asked for a repeal of the Right to keep and bear arms and has proposed replacing it with the Privilege to keep and bear arms. And we all know (or should know) that a privilege can be revoked at any time for any reason or no reason at all.
I have asked this before but didn't receive an answer. How do you access the FR daily poll?
What I am is someone who has detested this revisionist history and warmed-over 9/11 conspiracy crap since it first raised its head on 9/12/01. I hate to see this stuff entering the campaign now when there are so many perfectly good REAL reasons to oppose Rudy. Frankly I wish that people who espouse this line of thinking would get the hell off my side. They ain't helpin'.
And I did not insult you. Your last post pretty much confirms that you DID in fact "dream up" some of this stuff and add it on to your recollection of events. That's not my fault.
There are a few points in your post that need addressing. I'll do it after I've had some coffee.
It's a bad thing for us if he decides after he is elected that he wants to go back to his liberal roots. Then it will be his liberal ways or the highway for conservatives.
The poll should be at the bottom of your FR sidebar.
If it's not there, you can probably reconfigure your sidebar by clicking "More" in the upper right-hand corner and looking at your options.
Keeping Rudy as far away from the oval office as possible would be much better.
I know there are those who say that Rudy can beat Hitlery and that's why we must get behind him.
I threw my Rudy Club envelope in the shredder this week and sent Tancredo $100. I'll write another check when Fred Thompson announces.
Fred can beat la Hitlery hands down! And, when it comes to that, so can Tancredo because I believe that the majority of "Americans" want strong action in respect to the invasion of the illegal criminals from Mexico and will elect the loudest adherent of such action.
Poll respondents comment on Giuliani
Published: March 21, 2007 - 2:46 pm
A majority of respondents to a Crain's online poll agree with columnist Alair Townsend, who wrote in this week's issue that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani doesn't have the temperament to be an effective president. Nearly 68% of 1,303 poll respondents believe that Mr. Giuliani would be too abrasive for the White House, while 32% said his style would translate well. Here are some of respondents comments:
Who does Townsend think she's kidding? She never voted ever, for Giuliani. How soon we forget post 9/11, and the leadership qualities that Giuliani displayed! Speaking about changes in Washington, just look at the new majority(s) track record to date, no constructive plans for war, the economy, or the safety of our country, especially the border issues. Townsend needs to get a life and be more objective about important national issues. --Vincent Mocerino
Rudy's 'my way or the highway' style will lead to gridlock in D.C. --Andrew Kelman
Our country and every country need a decision maker that will stick it in your eye. Is there any other style that the bad guys understand? --M. Philip Butler
We need a decision maker in Washington, a person not afraid of the job. If he cocks up he will not be re-elected. Washington is full of compromise, we need action. He is a quick study and has guts. --August Spieler
Alair Townsend has no concept of what it takes to get things done. Decisive leadership often causes a great deal of friction. Rudy would be a breath of fresh air in the White House. --Rob Salvatico
So, most New Yorkers that answered this poll didn't like him. Let's remember 2004 when most NYers said ...everyone voted for Kerry. NYC is not the U.S. and the U.S. is not NYC. His message plays well in Pioria. You have to look beyond the concrete canyons of NYC to see what the rest of the U.S. is thinking. --J. S. Ghanooni
You phrase the question negatively, which introduces a bias. Giuliani is an effective and proven leader. The question should be Do Nancy Pelosi, John Murtha and Charles Rangel have the temperament to work constructively with any Republican in the White House? --Bruce Kowal
When he was mayor, Giuliani thought City Hall belonged to him. The public was not even allowed on the steps to disagree with him. He has absolutely no diplomacy skills. And I believe any mayor would have performed as well on 9/11. Of course, he stood out, as our President was mainly absent. --Georgia Allen
The country certainly doesn't need another self-righteous ass in the White House. It will already take generations to unravel the mess that has been created for the U.S. and the rest of the world from this way of thinking. --J. Weston
I think what people are overlooking is just how screwed-up NYC was when Rudy took over. He did the hard job with crime, the schools and fiscal responsibility which we all still benefit from, regardless of the levels of ingratitude. --Tom Rossman
We are at war with implacable enemies. At home, the liberals and Democrats have become implacable enemies. G.W. Bush has demonstrated that nice fails. Giuliani has proven that tough works. We need effectiveness! --Bob Doocey
I think Rudy would be an excellent president. We need someone to stick up for America and go on the offensive. We are constantly being undermined by the liberals who do not have the perseverance to see anything through except give-away programs. --Woody Forns
We forget how argumentative and divisive he was as mayor of NYC until 9/11. His press conferences were curt and if he didn't like your question you were challenged as to the validity of it. I think he stepped up to the job he was elected to do only at the time of a tragedy. I don't think he is a consolidator, I think he is a divider. --Robert Nadel
With all due respects to Ms. Townsend, it is precisely Mr. Giuliani's style (does not work well with others) that effectively saved NYC. Washington could use a similar dose. As far as his personality goes, think of the alternatives, Ms. Clinton, etc. --Richard P. Roberts
The nation needs to know the pre-9/11 Rudy. The Rudy myth must be busted. Without 9/11 as a backdrop, Rudy would just have been a two-term mayor of New York City and at the end of his administration he would have just faded away. --Arnold Korotkin
Having a choice between a war and a public relations war, the Democrats chose the latter. They are getting close to their wishes with their war of words and the world will be a poorer place because of them. --Guy Horne
Apparently the ultra liberals are running this poll and feel that Mayor Giuliani is not the man. I feel differently because he knows how to make decisions in a very hard world filled with tough people. --Joseph DiMauro
I'm not sure being mayor of New York translates well to being president. As one who thinks that flexibility is the hallmark of a good president, Giuliani has consistently shown himself to be a good prosecutor, and good at displaying leadership in crises, but not at working well with others at all. Even when responding to crises, he had to define the terms himself, and decidedly did not share effort or credit with others. --T. Kevin Sayama
I hope sooner than later we will learn of his failures of the past while he was Mayor. --Rose W. Garden
He comes across more like a bully rather than a politician. I do not think he can hear other people's opinions to be an effective politician. --Minh-Trang H. Tran
Rudy Giuliani was mayor of Manhattan! He could care less about the other boroughs when he was mayor. As for 9/11 he was in the right place at the right time. --M.F.Pedone
Aside from his temperament, no one should ever forget that when Mayor Dinkins was still in office, Giuliani incited a police riot on the steps of City Hall, with cops waving plungers and signs calling Dinkins a washroom attendant. Of course, once Giuliani himself was safely established in City Hall, he surrounded it with a monstrous iron fence, citing "security" concerns. Yeah, right. --Kathryn Giaimo
Rudy does not have the ability to work with others It is his way or no way. His changes on positions are troublesome as he can not be counted on to lead a country that is desperately in need of new leadership. The decisions he made as Mayor were not in the best interests of NYC and on September 10th his days were numbered and was leaving with a poor record -- then came 9/11. Finally, little coverage has been given to his decision to have the Office of Emergency Services located at World Trade and store fuel there, which was against the Fire Departments recommendation -- he does not listen; it is not just that he is abrasive. --Elaine Walsh
Plus his frivolous lawsuits cost this city dearly and his stubborn insistence on putting the Office of Emergency Management in the WTC is too often forgotten. He was not a very good Mayor." --Lois C. Schwartz
I don't understand why people think Rudy is so great. Do we want another pompous person in the White House? --Kristine Simms
One of his reasons for wanting to run for president, though he would never admit to it, is he wants to get back at Hilary. This guy's nastiness just never ends. --David Korabik
If there's one thing we should have learned from the current administration, it's the tragic risks we face when our leaders fail to listen to divergent views. For the sake of the nation we need to get as far from the my way or the highway thinking we're now mired in as possible. Unfortunately, Rudy won't get us there. --Bill Melville
Knowing how he dealt with the issue and the people in NYC prior to 9/11, I feel he is totally unfit for public office." --Linda Blyer
With Rudy in the White House, we'd pine for the days when we could laugh at George W. Giuliani is an opinionated martinet, a combination of Dick Cheney's style and Bush's substance. Thank you, no. --Michael Hirsch
People should learn from his leadership, and understand more deeply what he did to coordinate the 9/11 Commission: what effect the integral communication strategy had on the diverse agencies, the different secretariats, and the distinct personnel; what kind of effort he made to mobilize, to motivate, and to help. In other words his leadership should be analyzed further by academics, specialists and professionals to elaborate on new plans, develop new projects, and write new initiatives of law. --Carlos Romo Toriello
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