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Fred Thompson var flugumašur Nixon ķ Watergate rannsókninni

Thompson til vinstriBoston Globe flutti ķ fyrradag (ég var of upptekinn viš aš grilla og halda upp į žjóšhįtķšardaginn til aš geta stašiš ķ bloggi og fréttalestri!) fréttir af žvķ aš žįtttaka Fred Thompson ķ rannsókninni į Wategate skandalnum sé sķst eitthvaš sem Thompson eigi aš vera aš gorta sig af eins og hann gerir į heimasķšu sinni "Im with Fred", žar sem hann segist m.a. hafa įtt heišurinn aš žvķ aš koma upp um aš Nixon hefši hljóšritaš samtöl ķ The oval office. Ekki nóg meš aš sś saga sé mjög oršum aukin, žvķ eins og Bob Woodward hefur bent į, var žaš ekki Thompson aš žakka aš upp komst um hljóšritanirnar - žó Thompson hefši eignaš sér heišurinn af žvķ - heldur viršist Thompson hafa varaš Nixon viš!

WASHINGTON -- The day before Senate Watergate Committee minority counsel Fred Thompson made the inquiry that launched him into the national spotlight -- asking an aide to President Nixon whether there was a White House taping system -- he telephoned Nixon's lawyer.

Thompson tipped off the White House that the committee knew about the taping system and would be making the information public. In his all-but-forgotten Watergate memoir, "At That Point in Time," Thompson said he acted with "no authority" in divulging the committee's knowledge of the tapes, which provided the evidence that led to Nixon's resignation. It was one of many Thompson leaks to the Nixon team, according to a former investigator for Democrats on the committee, Scott Armstrong , who remains upset at Thompson's actions.

"Thompson was a mole for the White House," Armstrong said in an interview. "Fred was working hammer and tong to defeat the investigation of finding out what happened to authorize Watergate and find out what the role of the president was."

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Žaš er alveg sama hvaš žaš er kallaš, nįšun eša refsimilding, enginn er įnęgšur meš nišurstöšuna...

ScooterĶ gęr įkvaš forseti Bandarķkjanna aš Irve Lewis Libby Jr. žyrfti ekki aš afplįna tveggja og hįlfs įrs fangelsisdóm sem hann hlaut fyrir aš ljśga aš alrķkislögreglunni og hindra framgang réttvķsinnar. Eins og glöggir bloggarar tóku eftir, var Libby ekki nįšašur - žó ašrir vildu halda žvķ fram aš žaš kęmi raunverulega ķ sama staš nišur. Aušvitaš heldur enginn aš Libby hafi veriš nįšašur - hver sį sem er nógu mikiš stjórnmįlanörd til aš vera aš fylgjast meš vandręšagangi "Scooter" veit muninn į a presidential pardon og a commution of sentence. Žaš sem meira er - žaš viršist enginn sįttur viš žessi mįlalok! Samkvęmt könnun Survey USA eru eingöngu 21% žeirra sem vissu hverjir Lewis Libby og Bush voru, og žekktu til sambands žeirra, voru įnęgšir meš įkvöršun Bush. Afgangurinn var ósįttur, žar af langflestir vegna žess aš žeim fannst aš forsetinn hefši įtt aš leyfa dómnum aš standa.
21% of Americans familiar with the legal case involving former White House aide Scooter Libby agree with President Bush's decision to commute Libby's prison sentence, according to a SurveyUSA nationwide poll conducted immediately after the decision was announced. ... 17% say Bush should have pardoned Libby completely. 60% say Bush should have left the judge's prison sentence in place.

Žaš sem meira er, bara 32% repśblķkana eru ósįttir viš mįlalokin. Samkvęmt fyrri könnunum voru ašeins 20% ašspuršra sammįla žvķ aš Bush ętti aš nįša Libby, svo žaš viršist sem žessi refsimilding sé örlķtiš vinsęlli - meš 21% fylgi...

Žaš er samt merkilegt aš forsetinn skyldi ekki hafa fariš eftir vilja žjóšarinnar og sleppt žvķ alveg aš vera aš hindra framgang réttvķsinnar ķ žessu mįli, žvķ honum viršist ekki hafa tekist žaš sem mašur hefši haldiš aš myndi vera ašalmarkmišiš ķ žessu mįli: frišžęgja stušningsmenn sķna į hęgrivęng flokksins. Ķhaldsmenn og höršustu stušningsmenn forsetans eru nefnilega alls ekki įnęgšir. Robert Novak skrifar grein ķ dag žar sem hann heldur žvķ fram aš Libby sé eini mašurinn sem sé įnęgšur meš žessi mįlalok:

Only Libby smiling today
Bush's decision to commute aide's sentence leaves liberals livid and conservatives still not satisfied
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's commutation of Scooter Libby's sentence pleased but did not fully satisfy restive conservatives, while enraging his liberal critics. Libby himself can breathe a sigh of relief that he does not have to serve prison time, but hardly anybody else is all that happy. ...
By standing apart from the Plame affair and the Libby affair, Bush has subjected himself to abuse from both sides. The abuse from the left certainly will expand thanks to his decision Monday, while praise from the right is a little bit muted.
Og žó Bush hafi ekki nįšaš Libby hefur forsetinn veriš gagnrżndur fyrir aš hafa gefiš Scooter "A get out of jail free card". Editor and Publisher fer yfir leišara bandarķskra dagblaša, og kemst aš žeirri nišurstöšu aš nįnast allir fordęmi įkvöršunina. New York Times segir aš forsetinn sé "Soft on crime":
When he was running for president, George W. Bush loved to contrast his law-abiding morality with that of President Clinton, who was charged with perjury and acquitted. For Mr. Bush, the candidate, “politics, after a time of tarnished ideals, can be higher and better.” Not so for Mr. Bush, the president. ... Presidents have the power to grant clemency and pardons. But in this case, Mr. Bush did not sound like a leader making tough decisions about justice. He sounded like a man worried about what a former loyalist might say when actually staring into a prison cell.
Eftir stendur forsetinn, og getur engum gert til gešs. Višbrögšin viš mildun dómsins voru nįkvęmlega žau sömu og hefši hann einfaldlega nįšaš Libby - nema aš nįšun hefši žó glatt höršustu stušningsmenn flokksins. Enda kemur ķ ljós aš Bush hefur ekki śtilokaš aš nįša Libby seinna!
WASHINGTON - The White House on Tuesday declined to rule out the possibility of an eventual pardon for former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. But spokesman Tony Snow said, for now, President Bush is satisfied with his decision to commute Libby's 2 1/2-year prison sentence.

Snow was pressed several times on whether the president might eventually grant a full pardon to Libby, who had been convicted of lying and conspiracy in the CIA leak investigation. The press secretary declined to say anything categorically.

"The reason I'm not going to say I'm not going to close a door on a pardon," Snow said, "Scooter Libby may petition for one."

Forsetinn gęti žį enn aftur vakiš žessa sögu upp og gefiš demokrötum, leišarahöfundum, fréttaskżrendum og liberal bloggurum tękifęri til aš lżsa yfir vandlętingu sinni enn og aftur!

35 įra afmęli Watergatehneykslisins haldiš hįtķšlegt meš skrśšgöngum, dans og söng

WatergateĶ gęr voru lišin nįkvęmlega 35 įr frį innbrotinu ķ Watergate hótelšiš ķ Washington. Žar voru į feršinni starfsmenn af kosningaskrifstofu Richard Milhouse Nixon sem voru aš koma fyrir hlerunarbśnaši į kosningaskrifstofum Demokrata. Engum sögum fer af žvķ hvort Virgilio Gonzalez (óskyldur öšrum Gonzales sem hefur veriš ķ fréttum undanfarna mįnuši, sömuleišis fyrir ólöglegar njósnir) og hinir "pķpulagningamennirnir" hafi deilt skrifstofum meš Karl Rove og stuttbuxnadeild kosningaskrifstofunnar.

Žaš tók bandarķsku pressuna langan tķma aš fatta aš Watergate innbrotiš vęri alvarlegt hneyksli sem veršskuldaši umfjöllun ķ fjölmišlum, og fyrir vikiš nįši Nixon endurkjöri meš "mandate" sem var mun glęsilegra en nokkuš sem nśverandi forseti įorkaši ķ žeim kosningum sem hann annašhvort rétt marši eša vann į tęknilegum furšum Bandarķsks kosningakerfis. Bush hefur žó tekist aš skįka Nixon sem lélegasta žjóšarleištoga fyrr og sķšar.

Tveimur įrum sķšar hrökklašist Nixon frį völdum. Bush mun einnig hrökklast frį völdum įšur en tvö įr eru lišin, žó žaš verši ķ kosningum.

Žegar Nixon var neyddur til aš segja af sér komst Gerald D. Ford til valda, og hann fyrir sitt leyti kom tveimur annars óžekktum smįpešum ķ valdastöšur: Richard Bruce Cheney og Donald Henry Rumsfeld - og gerši George H. W. Bush aš yfirmanni CIA. Žaš er svo gaman aš minnast žess aš Bush var yfirmašur Repśblķkanaflokksins žegar Watergate innbrotiš var skipulagt. Starfsmenn į kosningaskrifstofu Nixon, Karl Rove, steig sömuleišis upp valdastigann innan flokksins. Watergate hefur žvķ lķklega haft mótandi įhrif į pólķtķskan žroska og feril nokkurra af valdamestu mönnunum innan rķkisstjórnar Bush yngri.

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Holsinger ekki bara į móti hommum - er lķka ķlla viš sjśklinga

ekki bara hómófóbķskt gamalmenni - lķka vanhęfur drullusokkurĶ einhverri óskiljanlegri tilraun til aš glešja biblķubankandi hómófóbķska mannhatara hefur Bush bandarķkjaforseti tilnefnt James Holsinger nęsta landlękni Bandarķkjanna. Holsinger viršist hins vegar svo hörmulega vondur kostur aš žaš er nęstum śtilokaš aš hann fįi stašfestingu žingsins, žvķ fyrir utan aš hafa sérkennilegar skošanir į kynferši og kynlķfi viršist Holsinger vanhęfur sem lęknir.

Mešan pabbi Bush var forseti var Holsinger nefnilega yfirlęknir heilbrigšiskerfis fyrrverandi hermana, Veterans Health Administration, og undir hans "stjórn" var bošiš upp į svo vonda heilbrigšisžjónustu aš annaš eins hefur vķst ekki sést, fyrr eša sķšar.

Sjį New York Times, frį žvķ ķ nóvember 1991:

A Congressional investigator has told a House subcommittee that she found shoddy care at veterans hospitals, including several cases in which incompetence and neglect led to the deaths of patients.

Dr. James Holsinger Jr., chief medical director of the department, told the subcommittee on Wednesday that he had begun management changes intended to improve quality since he took the job last year. 'Obviously Not Perfect'

Fyrr um įriš hafši Holsinger višurkennt aš stofnunin bęri įbyrgš į dauša sex sjśklinga:

After an extensive review of 15 deaths between June 1989 and March 1990, the agency acknowledged blame in six, said Dr. James Holsinger Jr., the agency's chief medical officer.

Samkvęmt skżrslu rķkisendurskošanda frį 1991 (Sjį Think Progress):

– There were multiple cases of “pure inattention.” In “one case a man lost a leg because he wasn’t checked regularly, in another, a bladder-cancer victim died because he went untreated for 45 days

– The GAO investigator “found serious problems at every one of six VA hospitals she visited, and that a broader examination of records found 30 VA hospitals had high numbers of patient complications and other indicators of substandard care.”

– The investigator “testified that the most serious problem found at the six medical centers was the lack of supervision of residents and interns, a problem she said had ’severe consequences for patients.’”

Óstjórnin var slķk aš fjöldi sjśklinga lést į spķtölum VA - ekki vegna "lęknamistaka", heldur vegna žess aš žeir voru lįtnir bķša vikum saman eftir einföldum lęknisašgeršum.

En Holsinger hefur unniš sér fleira til fręgšar en aš hata homma, skrifa heimskulegar skżrslur og drepa sjśklinga - fyrrverandi hermenn, n.b.. Hann hefur einnig afrekaš aš keyra heilbrigšiskerfi Kentucky śt ķ skurš. Eftir aš Holsinger hafši stżrt heilbrigšiskerfi Kentucky var žaš tališ eitt žaš langlélegasta ķ öllum Bandarķkjunum!

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky ranks among the unhealthiest states - a plight that's largely self-inflicted due to smoking, eating fatty foods and not exercising enough, The Courier-Journal reported in a special section published Sunday.

Chronic poor health threatens lives and hits all Kentuckians in the pocketbook through taxes and insurance premiums, according to the Louisville newspaper's special report.

On almost every health measure, Kentuckians fare poorly - second worst nationally for cancer deaths, fifth worst for cardiovascular deaths and seventh worst for obesity, according to the paper, which published a special eight-page section on the state's poor health.

Kentuckians die at a rate of 18 percent above the national average, the newspaper reported. Its report said residents of all income levels are disabled and killed by cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes _ chronic illnesses that are linked to smoking, poor eating habits and sedentary lifestyles.

Žaš er rétt aš rifja upp aš žessi Holsinger karakter į, samkvęmt fréttatilkynningu forsetans, aš einbeita sér aš žvķ aš berjast gegn offitu og slęmu mataręši...

Žessi ömurlegi įrangur Holsinger kostaši Bandarķska skattgreišendur og alrķkiš hundruš milljóna:

Each of the state's major chronic diseases costs the Medicaid program hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars. In the fiscal year ending June 2003, Medicaid spent $611 million for diabetes, $422 million for cancer, $372 million for coronary artery disease and $728 million for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The state and federal program provides health insurance for the poor, disabled and those in nursing homes.

En Holsinger lętur sér ekki nęgja aš sólunda fé skattgreišenda. Mežodistakirkjan hefur įsakaš hann um aš hafa orkestreraš einhverskonar fjįrsvikamyllu, žar sem hann viršist hafa sölsaš undir sig um 20 milljónir bandarķkjadali sem kirkjan gerir tilkall til...

Žaš kemur svosem ekki į óvart aš svona snillingar skuli tilnefndir til mikilvęgra embętta ķ rķkisstjórn George W. Bush.

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Lewis Scooter Libby, Plamegate og hefndir

ScooterWashington stórstjarnan og Neocon luminary, Scooter, stundum lķka kallašur "Lewis Libby" var dęmdur ķ 30 mįnaša fangelsi fyrir aš hindra framgang réttvķsinnar (samkvęmt lögum mįtti dęma Scooter ķ 30-37 mįnaša fangelsi fyrir žann glęp) og svo fékk hann lķka 15 mįnaša fangelsi fyrir margvķsleg önnur brot - en hann afplįnar bįša dómana samtķmis, svo fangelsisvistin veršur bara rétt innan viš tvö og hįlft įr...

Žetta eru aušvitaš glešifréttir fyrir alla įhugamenn um Scooter "Libby" - žvķ nś hefst įfrżjunarferliš, og žaš er enganveginn ljóst hvort "Libby" fįi aš ganga frjįls mešan hann bķšur nišurstöšu. Samkvęmt AP sér dómarinn hins vegar "enga įstęšu" til aš leyfa Scooter aš ganga lausum mešan fjallaš er um įfrżjunina:

People who occupy these types of positions, where they have the welfare and security of nation in their hands, have a special obligation to not do anything that might create a problem.

Žegar "Lewis Libby" var fundinn sekur ķ mars sķšastlišnum žóttust margir įhugamenn um Washington og bandarķsks tjórnmįl sannfęršir um aš Bush myndi nįša Scooter - ég skrifaši žį fęrslu um aš forsetinn myndi lķklega ekki geta nįšaš sinn mann, įn žess aš brjóta eigin reglur ķ žaš minnsta (sjį hér) og nś viršist sem forsetinn ętli aš standa viš žessar reglur sķnar: (skv. Reuters)

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino, travelling with Bush in Europe for the Group of Eight summit, said Bush felt sorry for the family of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who was sentenced to 30 months in prison for lying and obstructing an investigation related to the Bush administration's handling of the Iraq war.

"The president said that he felt terrible for the family, especially his wife and his kids," Perino said.

But she noted that the appeals process, which could prove lengthy, was just getting under way.

"Given that and in keeping with what we have said in the past, the president has not intervened so far in any other criminal matter and he is going to decline to do so now," Perino said.

Žetta žykja ritstjórum National Review sennilega vondar fréttir, žvķ žeir hafa krafist žess aš Scooter verši umsvifalaust nįšašur - enda hreinasta svķvirša aš jafn merkilegur mašur verši lįtinn sitja ķ fangelsi. Rök NR eru aš enginn "undirliggjandi" glępur hafi veriš framinn - en sś stašhęfing byggist į žeirri firru aš Valerie Plame hafi ekki veriš "covert agent", og aš Hvķta Hśsiš hafi ekki svipt leynd af henni til aš sverta nafn eiginmanns hennar - Joseph Wilson - sem hafši svipt hulunni af lygum Hvķta Hśssins varšandi ķmyndaša kjarnorkuįętlun Saddam Hussein - en samkvęmt žeirri sögu įtti Saddam aš hafa reynt aš kaupa "yellow cake" śran frį Afrķku.

Žaš hefur hins vegar veriš sżnt og sannaš aš Plame var "covert" - og žaš hafi žvķ veriš glępur, reyndar enginn venjulegur glępur, heldur landrįš, aš opinbera nafn og starf hennar. Aušvitaš snérist žetta mįl ekki um Libby, heldur Cheney, en žaš er ekki hlaupiš aš žvķ aš hremma "vara" forsetann ķ svona mįli, og žvķ var Libby "a fall guy".

Og žaš er ekki gaman aš vera "a fall guy" fyrir menn eins og Cheney - og žó Scooter hafi sżnt ašdįunarvert rólyndi og yfirvegun mešan į réttarhöldunum stóš, aš žeim loknum, og svo aftur nś, žegar lengd dómsins var tilkynnt, var eiginkona hans ekki eins róleg. Žegar dómur var kvešinn upp yfir "Libby" ķ mars var hśn hreint ekki įnęgš. Dana Milbank į Washington Post lżsti višbrögšum žeirra hjóna žannig:

Just after noon in the sixth-floor courtroom, when the jury forewoman read the first guilty verdict, Libby briefly closed his eyes. While she read the other counts -- he was guilty on four of five -- Libby looked at his lawyer Ted Wells, who rubbed his chin. Libby's other lawyer, Bill Jeffress, exhaled deeply.

Libby's wife, Harriet Grant, was not as composed. In the first row of spectators, she hunched over and shook. A young member of Libby's defense team put his arm around her shoulders. After judge and jury left, Grant went over to hug her husband with a furious look on her face. Three reporters heard her say what sounded like, "We're gonna [expletive] 'em."

Žaš žóttust allir vita hverjir žessir "them" voru sem hśn ętlaši aš [expletive] - Cheney, Karl Rove og yfirmenn Scooter ķ Hvķta Hśsinu. Sķšan žį hefur hins vegar ekkert heyrst af hefnd Harriet Grant, en sagan kennir okkur konur eiga žaš til aš sitja į svona hefndum.

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mbl.is Lewis Libby dęmdur ķ 30 mįnaša fangelsi
Tilkynna um óvišeigandi tengingu viš frétt

Giuliani er langsamlega versti kostur Repśblķkanaflokksins...

Giuliani og KerikŽaš kemur ekki į óvart aš stušningur viš Rudolph Giuliani mešal Repśblķkana sé aš dala. Giuliani hefur veriš lķkt viš Eisenhower, hann "eigi" 9/11 og sé einhvernveginn frį nįttśrunnar hendi best til žess fallinn aš berjast viš hryšjuverk, og sé "America's Mayor". Munurinn į Giuliani og Eisenhower er žó sį aš Eisenhower leiddi heri Bandamanna til sigurs ķ heimsstyrjöld, mešan Giuliani gerši ekkert annaš en aš vera borgarstjóri, og frekar ķlla lišinn sem slķkur, ķ borg sem rįšist var į. Žegar kemur aš hryšjuverkum hefur Giuliani ennfremur sżnt, meš fyrra framferši, aš hann tekur žau ekki alvarlega, og er algjörlega vanhęfur žegar kemur aš žvķ aš skipuleggja višbrögš viš hryšjuverkaįrįsum.

Afrekaskrį Giuliani er ömurleg. Eftir aš gerš var tilraun til aš sprengja upp World Trade Center 1993 var Giuliani rįšlagt aš stašsetja "The emergency command center" ķ nešanjaršarbyrgi ķ Brooklyn. Giuliani įkvaš hins vegar aš langasamlega besti stašurinn vęri... ķ The World Trade Center! Sś įkvöršun ein ber vitni um ótrślegt dómgreindarleysi og ętti aš gera aš verkum aš Giuliani sé ekki treystandi til aš leiša Bandarķkin ķ barįttunni gegn hryšjuverkum. Giuliani hefur aš vķsu kennt undirmönnum sķnum um žį įkvöršun. Jerome Hauer, fyrrum "emergency management director" New York, fyrrverandi vinur Giuliani, sem sinnti žvķ starfi mešan hann var borgarstjóri hefur hafnaš žessari afsökun Giuliani, og gagnrżnt fyrrum yfirmann sinn haršlega.

Sem borgarstjóri hafši Giuliani einnig mistekist aš koma į samstarfi lögreglu og slökkvilišs borgarinnar - žrįtt fyrir aš hafa margsinnis veriš varašur viš žvķ aš treysta žyrfti samstarf lögreglu og slökkvilišs, og śtvega žeim nżjan bśnaš, m.a. nżjar talstöšvar. Giuliani gerši hvorugt, enda nżtur hann hvorki stušnings lögreglu né slökkvilišsmanna ķ New York...

Ķ bréfi sem verkalżšsfélag slökkvilišsmanna ķ New York segir um Giuliani:

"Many people consider Rudy Giuliani 'America's Mayor,' and many of our members who don't yet know the real story, may also have a positive view of him. This letter is intended to make all of our members aware of the egregious acts Mayor Giuliani committed against our members, our fallen on 9/11, and our New York City union officers following that horrific day. ... The fundamental lack of respect that Giuliani showed our FDNY members is unforgivable - ... Our disdain for him is not about issues or a disputed contract, it is about a visceral, personal affront to the fallen, to our union and, indeed, to every one of us who has ever risked our lives by going into a burning building to save lives and property."

Įstęšan ķ žessu tilfelli var aš Giuliani hafši ekki sinnt beišnum slökkvilišsmanna um aš ganga hart fram ķ aš leita aš leifum lįtinna slökkvilišsmanna ķ rśstum į "Ground Zero". Žetta smįatriši meš talstöšvarnar hefur svosem ekki heldur aflaš honum neinna sérstakra vinsęlda mešal slökkvilišsmanna eša eftirlifenda "first responders" sem fórust ķ september 2001:

The intensity of their feelings can be heard in the voice of Rosaleen Tallon. A stay-at-home mom who supports right-to-life candidates and lives in the unglamorous New York suburb of Yonkers, Tallon lost her brother Sean, a former Marine who became a probationary New York City firefighter, on 9/11. Six years later she is still enraged that Sean never heard the Fire Department's radioed "mayday" order to evacuate the twin towers before they fell. If he had, she says, he would have heeded the directions of his superiors and gotten out.

As Rosaleen will tell anyone willing to listen, the vintage radios that Sean and 342 other city firefighters carried at their deaths on 9/11 were known to be defective. The faulty radios were the target of years of scathing internal assessments, bureaucratic wrangling, and accusations of bidding favoritism, and still the Giuliani administration had never replaced them.

Žar į ofan hefur veriš bent į aš Giuliani hafi óžęgilega nįin tengsl viš Bernard Kerik (sem er į myndinni hér aš ofan) sem į mjög vafasaman feril. (sjį grein Newsweek um Kerik, og grein NYT).

En nóg um žaš. Žó Giuliani sé vanhęfur sem leištogi, og fyrirlitinn af lögreglu og slökkvilišsmönnum - sem eru raunverulega "The heroes of 9/11" getur veriš aš hann höfši til "the base" - kannski getur hann fylgt ķhaldssömum stušningsmönnum flokksins um "fjölskyldugildi"?

Giuliani er margfrįskilinn, hefur stašiš ķ umfangsmiklu framhjįhaldi, samband hans viš börn sķn af fyrri hjónaböndum eru "strained", žaš er til fjöldinn allur af myndum af honum ķ kvenmannsfötum (og meira aš segja myndbandsupptökur) - hann hefur veriš ötull talsmašur réttinda kvenna til fóstureyšinga, og eftir einn af hjónaskilnöšum sķnum deildi hann ķbśš meš samkynhneigšum kunningjum sķnum. 

Til žess aš bęta grįu onį svart er Giuliani varla meš neitt karisma. Ķ seinasta Rolling Stone var löng grein um Giuliani er honum lżst žannig:

Giuliani has good stage presence, but his physical appearance is problematic -- virtually neckless, all shoulders and forehead and overbite, with a hunched-over, Draculoid posture that recalls, oddly enough, George W. Bush...

Eftir aš hafa horft į Giuliani ķ kappręšum repśblķkanaflokksins get ég ekki annaš en tekiš undir meš žessari lżsingu - žegar Giuliani stendur viš hlišina į Mitt Romney er persónuleikaskortur hans slįandi. 

Ég hef ekki meš nokkru móti getaš skiliš af hverju Giuliani nżtur stušnings Repślbķkana ķ könnunum, og eina skżringin er aš kjósendur flokksins žekki ekki neitt til hans. Leištogar ķhaldssamra repśblķkana hafa enda fordęmt "America's Mayor": James Dobson, formašur "Focus on the Family" hefur lżst žvķ yfir aš hann muni frekar sitja heima en aš kjósa Giuliani:

In a piece published on the conservative Web site WorldNetDaily, Dobson wrote that Giuliani's support for abortion rights and civil unions for homosexuals, as well as the former mayor's two divorces, were a deal-breaker for him.

"I cannot, and will not, vote for Rudy Giuliani in 2008. It is an irrevocable decision," he wrote.

"Is Rudy Giuliani presidential timber? I think not," Dobson wrote. "Can we really trust a chief executive who waffles and feigns support for policies that run contrary to his alleged beliefs? Of greater concern is how he would function in office. Will we learn after it is too late just what the former mayor really thinks? What we know about him already is troubling enough."

Įstęšan er stušningur Giuliani viš fóstureyšingar, og lķklegt er aš ašrir ķhaldssamir repśblķkanar muni fara aš dęmi Dobson, sérstaklega žegar fjölmišlar fara aš sżna ljósmyndir af honum ķ kjól og fjalla um stušning hans viš réttindi samkynhneigšra. Mešan hann var borgarstjóri New York sagši Giuliani m.a. ķ vištali viš CNN:

“I’m pro-choice. I’m pro-gay rights,”

Aušvitaš kann ég aš meta viršingu Giuliani viš réttindum kvenna og samkynhneigšra. Og honum til tekna veršur aš taka fram aš hann hefur ekki hlaupiš ķ felur meš žessa fyrri afstöšu sķna, t.d. eins og Mitt Romney, sem hefur įtt ķ stökustu vandręšum meš aš śtskżra af hverju hann var pro-choice įšur en hann var pro-life.

Įstęša žess hversu ķlla mér lķkar viš Giuliani er aš hann er tuddi - og frekar ógešfelldur tuddi. Žetta andstyggšarinnręti hans braust fram meš mjög skżrum hętti ķ seinustu kappręšum repśblķkana, žar sem hann snappaši į Ron Paul, eina frjįlshyggjumanninn sem er eftir ķ Repśblķkanaflokknum. Rolling Stone lżsir samskiptum žeirra:

Yes, Rudy is smarter than Bush. But his political strength -- and he knows it -- comes from America's unrelenting passion for never bothering to take that extra step to figure shit out. If you think you know it all already, Rudy agrees with you. And if anyone tries to tell you differently, they're probably traitors, and Rudy, well, he'll keep an eye on 'em for you. Just like Bush, Rudy appeals to the couch-bound bully in all of us, and part of the allure of his campaign is the promise to put the Pentagon and the power of the White House at that bully's disposal.

Rudy's attack against Ron Paul in the debate was a classic example of that kind of politics, a Rovian masterstroke. The wizened Paul, a grandfather seventeen times over who is running for the Republican nomination at least 100 years too late, was making a simple isolationist argument, suggesting that our lengthy involvement in Middle Eastern affairs -- in particular our bombing of Iraq in the 1990s -- was part of the terrorists' rationale in attacking us.

Though a controversial statement for a Republican politician to make, it was hardly refutable from a factual standpoint -- after all, Osama bin Laden himself cited America's treatment of Iraq in his 1996 declaration of war. Giuliani surely knew this, but he jumped all over Paul anyway, demanding that Paul take his comment back. "I don't think I've ever heard that before," he hissed, "and I've heard some pretty absurd explanations for September 11th."

It was like the new convict who comes into prison the first day and punches the weakest guy in the cafeteria in the teeth, and the Southern crowd exploded in raucous applause. ...

The Paul incident went to the very heart of who Giuliani is as a politician. To the extent that conservatism in the Bush years has morphed into a celebration of mindless patriotism and the paranoid witch-hunting of liberals and other dissenters, Rudy seems the most anxious of any Republican candidate to take up that mantle. Like Bush, Rudy has repeatedly shown that he has no problem lumping his enemies in with "the terrorists" if that's what it takes to get over. When the 9/11 Commission raised criticisms of his fire department, for instance, Giuliani put the bipartisan panel in its place for daring to question his leadership. "Our anger," he declared, "should clearly be directed at one source and one source alone -- the terrorists who killed our loved ones."

Go-Go-GOPAf öllum frambjóšendum Repśblķkana er Rudy Giuliani lķklegastur til aš framlengja "arfleiš" Bush įranna. Af öllum frambjóšendunum er hann lķklega versti kosturinn fyrir bęši Bandarķkin og heimsfriš, og af öllum frambjóšendum flokksins er hann lķka furšulegasti valkosturinn. Hver myndi trśa žvķ aš Repśblķkanar myndu ķhuga aš velja žennan mann sem frambjóšanda flokksins fyrir nęstu kosningar:

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