Saturday, November 15, 2008

Crashing The Party Part II: Pataki vs. Giuliani

I had recently written a post discussing that when former Secretary of State Colin Powell crossed party lines to endorse Senator Obama, he was hailed as a man who put country above party. But when Senator Lieberman followed his convictions and supported Senator McCain he was criticized as being a sellout, a turncoat and a traitor. The explanations I have received have been that the Republicans would have punished Powell had he still been playing an active roll in the Party, but since he’s retired, they chose to leave him alone.

But then what about Giuliani?

In 1994, New York City Mayor Giuliani endorsed Democratic Governor Mario Cuomo against his Republican rival, George Pataki. In doing so, Giuliani stated that:


A moment ago I mentioned the risk we take if we fail to choose wisely. I am well aware of the risk I take as a Republican Mayor endorsing a Democratic Governor. But I have concluded that the risk is worth taking for the sake of the City of New York and the State of New York. Mario Cuomo will simply be a better Governor than George Pataki.



What was the Republican Party’s response for this treachery? Did they support a challenger against Mayor Giuliani during the 1997 primary (ala Ned Lemont)? Did the Republican Party shun Giuliani with the hope that he would quietly fade away? Of course not. As we all know, Giuliani easily won reelection and then ran as the Republican candidate for the United States Senate in 2000 before having to withdraw after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Moreover, not only did he seek his party’s nomination for the United States presidency, but early polls showed him to be the front-runner. Clearly his decision to follow his convictions and cross party lines to endorse Governor Cuomo did not cause his party to seek his ouster. So then why isn’t Senator Lieberman seeing the same consideration and understanding from the Democrats that Giuliani saw from the Republicans? Was his endorsement of Senator McCain somehow more offensive than Giuliani’s endorsement of Cuomo? No. Actually, he pretty much said the same thing:


Political Parties are important in our country, but they are not more important than what’s best for our country. They’re not more important than friendship. They’re not more important than our future and that’s why I’m proudly here.



So, I ask again: Why is it acceptable for Republican Rudy Giuliani to endorse the opposition, but Democratic/Independent Senator Lieberman cannot do the same?

Double standard anyone?

Contact Senator Harry Reid and tell him to Let Joe Stay!

Senator Harry Reid
528 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-3542 / Fax: 202-224-7327

5 comments:

CT Bob said...

You make this too easy.

Colin Powell is retired from government right now and he can endorse anyone he wants without reprisal. Of course, many right-wing pundits called him a sellout and accused him of endorsing based solely on race, making him a de facto racist. Not a nice response.

Rudy Giuliani endorsed Mario Cuomo in essentially a local (NY State) election. It didn't have anything to do with national issues, and Giuliani wasn't chairman of a powerful committee that had the subpoena power and responsibilities that Lieberman does.

Liebeman has made a career of selling out his former party. He endorsed Republicans Norm Coleman and Susan Collins against Democratic challengers. This wasn't a one-time aberration like Powell and Giuliani; Joe Lieberman makes a point of helping the GOP

In fact, last year Lieberman came to my town, Milford, to personally endorse and campaign for Republican Mayor Jim Richetelli against Democratic challenger Kerri Rowland.

When was the last time Joe Lieberman actually campaigned for a Democrat?

Yael said...

"It didn't have anything to do with national issues, and Giuliani wasn't chairman of a powerful committee[.]"

No, he was just the mayor of the most important city in the world. Oh wait, he didn't have subpoena power so I guess his position wasn't important.

Let Joe Stay said...

"Of course, many right-wing pundits called him a sellout and accused him of endorsing based solely on race, making him a de facto racist." -CT Bob

Who on Earth said that? Please do tell.

"In fact, last year Lieberman came to my town, Milford, to personally endorse and campaign for Republican Mayor Jim Richetelli against Democratic challenger Kerri Rowland."

If Sen. Lieberman is as toxic a character as you suggest, why would any Connecticut politician want him as to assist in their campaign? For instance, McCain wanted nothing to do with Bush during the presidential election. According to you, wouldn’t Jim Richetelli feel the same way about Lieberman?

CT Bob said...

Pat Buchanan on MSNBC.

http://www.pamshouseblend.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=7661

Let Joe Stay said...

Okay. That was awful, but Pat Buchanan is an awful person so I'm not surprised he would stoop to something so low. The best way to argue against him is that Condi Rice supported McCain but, as an African American, said she was thrilled that Obama was going to be President. Powell endorsed Obama because he felt Obama was the best person for the job, nothing to do with skin color. In any event, Buchanan is on the fridge right of the Republican Party. If Limbaugh or Hannity said something like that I think you would have a better point (although Hannity is pretty fringe right himself). This doesn’t take away from the fact that the vast majority of Republicans did not condemn Powell for endorsing Sen. Obama (nor did they shun Giuliani after he endorsed Cuomo).