Monday, July 09, 2007
After a weekend's appearance at Nascar events, unsurprisingly it was his first time, Candidate Giuliani, according to the NY Times, started working in a new section in his stump speech.
“I ask you this question: If America is going in the wrong direction, where is the rest of the world going?” he said at a town hall meeting on Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla. “Where is Russia going? Where is England going? Where is France going? Where is Africa going? If we are going in the wrong direction, the rest of the world is falling off a cliff.”
Apparently, the reception was less than enthusiastic. Rudy has tried to portray himself, in his 12 Commitments--not a bad name for a band, by the way--and in other ways, as a new voice in the Republican party. Does he think he'll win even the nomination with a bland and wide-ranging approval of where the Bush Presidency has led us?
He might be trying to channel the spirit of Reagan who famously used a positive and optimistic message to defeat what was perceived as the pessimism of the Carter years. But Reagan--not the great President people like to make him out to be now--had a positive message about change, not just an "aren't things dandy" position. Good luck, Rudy!