Rudy Demands Moveon.Org Rates to Run his Own Ad

Rick Moran
Clever bit of politicking here by Rudy. He says he wants to run a full page ad supporting General Petraeus in the New York Times. But he wants the same rate granted Moveon.org whose ad last Monday slimed the General:  The ad Hillary Clinton didn't denounce and ended up tacitly supporting by saying in order to believe Petreaus, you would have to "suspend belief."


"We are going to ask the New York Times to allow us tomorrow to print an ad that will obviously take the opposite view," Giuliani said. "We believe, unlike Hillary Clinton, that General Petraeus is telling the truth."

This bold move is classic Giuliani. Hizzoner practices the politics of confrontation, in which he chooses a position and relentlessly pursues those who hold the opposite view. In this case, Giuliani's position is support for the war in Iraq and General Petraeus's counterinsurgency strategy. And his opponents make up a trifecta of liberal bogeymen: MoveOn, the Times, and Clinton. By raising the stakes, Giuliani emphasizes to conservatives that he is on their side--something many are not quite ready to believe."
Giuliani has been hemorrhaging votes from the right for more than week - ever since Fred Thompson officially announced his candidacy. Recent polls show Thompson moving up on him nationally and past him a a couple of states.

Whether or not Rudy's ad gets in the Times is not the point. Giuliani is letting everyone know he is not conceding anything to anybody in the Republican party.

Given his history, we would have assumed no less.

Hat Tip: Ed Lasky
Clever bit of politicking here by Rudy. He says he wants to run a full page ad supporting General Petraeus in the New York Times. But he wants the same rate granted Moveon.org whose ad last Monday slimed the General:  The ad Hillary Clinton didn't denounce and ended up tacitly supporting by saying in order to believe Petreaus, you would have to "suspend belief."


"We are going to ask the New York Times to allow us tomorrow to print an ad that will obviously take the opposite view," Giuliani said. "We believe, unlike Hillary Clinton, that General Petraeus is telling the truth."

This bold move is classic Giuliani. Hizzoner practices the politics of confrontation, in which he chooses a position and relentlessly pursues those who hold the opposite view. In this case, Giuliani's position is support for the war in Iraq and General Petraeus's counterinsurgency strategy. And his opponents make up a trifecta of liberal bogeymen: MoveOn, the Times, and Clinton. By raising the stakes, Giuliani emphasizes to conservatives that he is on their side--something many are not quite ready to believe."
Giuliani has been hemorrhaging votes from the right for more than week - ever since Fred Thompson officially announced his candidacy. Recent polls show Thompson moving up on him nationally and past him a a couple of states.

Whether or not Rudy's ad gets in the Times is not the point. Giuliani is letting everyone know he is not conceding anything to anybody in the Republican party.

Given his history, we would have assumed no less.

Hat Tip: Ed Lasky