Giuliani: more extraordinary anti-democracy comments

Salon
by Glenn Greenwald

04/03/07

Rudy Giuliani — the leading Republican candidate for President — has made two of the most extraordinary statements of any major presidential candidate in a long time. In a rational world, this would be a major scandal and Democratic (and the other Republican) candidates would be rushing to make their views clear on these matters. But the revelation that Giuliani believes in process-less imprisonment (and that Romney can only decide once his lawyers are done debating it) provoked virtually no attention (but hey, those first-quarter fundraising numbers sure were interesting!). Despite the fact that the media is only recently acknowledging it, we have had a serious Constitutional crisis in this country for the last six years as a result of a President who literally embraces a theory that vests him with the power to ignore the law...

//www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2007/04/03/giuliani/



April fools

Slate
by Bruce Reed

04/04/07

A conventional flip-flopper is limited to two positions: his old one and his new one. Giuliani seems to be a political polytheist, who thinks a man can have as many positions as he wants. He even refers to them that way, as ‘my first position’ and ‘my second position.’ Then there is his third and current position, which does not smile upon the other two. Perhaps to distinguish himself from the other two Republican frontrunners, Giuliani has found a third way between flip-flopping and straight talk. He calls it half-jocularity. That’s not a bad description. He wasn’t joking (which is why nobody else laughed), but he didn’t mean it (which is why nobody believed him). In a way, the episode sums up the apparent strategy of his campaign...

//www.slate.com/id/2163559


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