A while ago, I advised Mitt Romney’s campaign not to attack Rudy Giuliani with sludge. I also suggested that politicizing families is wrong.
However, in their desperation, they didn’t take my advice. Instead they blundered and personalized the attack by sending the candidate himself to be the attack dog. Veep-picking Mr. 3% whacked at Rudy last night:
"I’ll get my counsel from my wife in the privacy of our home, in the bedroom, in the White House if I’m lucky enough to get there, and she’s not going to be an official part of the administration or attending Cabinet meetings, but it’s a nice offer," Romney told Fox News Channel.
Romney, struggling in the polls against Giuliani and Sen. John McCain, spoke after the ex-mayor told ABC News’ Barbara Walters that he’d be "very, very comfortable" having wife Judith sit on some Cabinet meetings on topics in which she’s interested.
A solid Red-Meat Republican’s first instinct when hearing of the Giuliani’s ambitious spousal plans will be to think back to the Bad Old Days when the Clintons ruled the land. Where a less uxorious husband might have been satisfied to give his wife a broach or some other expensive bauble to celebrate their newly won power, Bill Clinton gave Hillary Clinton 14% of the American economy to toy with as a cat does a terrified mouse.
Then Evangelicals for Mitt’s Nancy French piled on with a two-part (one and two) review of the Giuliani family’s appearance on Barbara Walters. Here she tries to roll around in the mud over Rudy’s … complicated family life:
This gave me pause. You know, if I was the third Mrs. Giuliani, I’d talk about how he can defeat the terrorists, understands the global threat of jihadism, and can unite a segmented country. But, she brings up his integrity and character as selling points… not, interestingly, political baggage to overcome.
If this were a court proceeding, the prosecutor would raise his hand in the air with a gleam in his eye. "I’d like to cross-examine this witness, please."
After all, what is the definition of integrity?
Adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
What is "character?"
Moral or ethical strength.
This is, of course, an important thing to bring up because Romney’s family is better than yours, and that’s why you should vote for him.
That said, I do think that Judy was off message. Talk about making us safe, not how wonderful your husband is. All in all, let us talk about substance, and assume, as a baptist minister I met assumes, that Rudy "probably got it right this time" and leave it at that.