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April 6, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

THE BRODY FILE....Here's a bit of criticism directed toward some recent remarks of Rudy Giuliani's that displayed a certain amount of tolerance toward women who want abortions:

These comments may play well in the General Electon but in Iowa? In South Carolina? Rudy better hope he doesn' flame out before Super-Duper Tuesday on February 5th when pro-Giuliani states like California and New Jersey come into the mix. The campaign has told me that there strategy here is to hang on for dear life until February 5th and then clean up. But do these comments on abortion push you over the edge on Rudy or do you care? How much baggage can Evangelicals take?

This is from David Brody of Pat Robertson's CBN network.

Wait a second. What's that, David? You don't like it when people say that?

"Pat Robertson's CBN," Brody says in frustration. "We take that as a dig."

Brody does work for Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network, and mostly he's proud of that fact. But stereotypes are inevitable when you cover politics for a network run by a standard-bearer of the religious right. Brody, 42, has made it his mission to confound them.

By turning his blog into a sounding board for presidential candidates — testing their appeal to the much sought-after evangelical voter — Brody has turned CBN into an unlikely go-to source for political junkies, routinely cited by the mainstream media. In a breezy style with a dash of irreverence, he embraces some liberals and takes aim at some conservatives. That surprises people, and keeps them coming back; his blog, the Brody File, draws about 25,000 page views a month, triple last fall's numbers.

Brody's blog is here. Just thought I'd point it out since the LA Times brought it to my attention this morning. Evangelical Christians don't seem to blog much on politics, which makes Brody a bit of a unique source. Use it wisely.

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What the heck. Frist

Posted by: just sayin on April 6, 2007 at 1:19 PM | PERMALINK

Well, Rudy's people's day was in the early 1970's. All the former moderate Republicans -- like myself -- have left, or are leaving. Leaving Rudy stuck with the fundies.

DOA.

Posted by: Tony Shifflett on April 6, 2007 at 1:20 PM | PERMALINK

What you liberals should be reading is the nefarious and seditious blogging of the Hormonal Citizen; she makes crazy people look like they know when their chickens are going to come home to roost.

I tried commenting on her blog but the smack-downs she delivered to me left me dizzy and sick.

Posted by: Norman Rogers on April 6, 2007 at 1:40 PM | PERMALINK

Here are some anti-constitutional comments from Rudy Giuliani
...Over the weekend, it was revealed by National Review's Ramesh Ponnuru that Rudy Giuliani believes that, as President, he would have the power to imprison American citizens without any sort of review of any kind, and Giuliani stated he hoped to exercise that power only "infrequently" ...
Some of the forgotten history of his Mayoral authoritarianism
Everything authoritarian RepubliConTarian whackjobs love in a daddy figure.

Posted by: Mike on April 6, 2007 at 1:45 PM | PERMALINK

I shouldn't leave out mention of his Vito Corleone impressions.
BY CRAIG GORDON
April 6, 2007, 12:11 AM EDT
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Rudolph Giuliani launched into a California campaign speech recently with an opening line the crowd surely didn't expect -- his husky-voiced impersonation of Don Corleone in "The Godfather."
"Thank youse all very much for invitin' me here tuh-day, to this meeting of the families from different parts'a California," Giuliani said, recycling his old New York gag to laughter and scattered applause.

Posted by: Mike on April 6, 2007 at 1:48 PM | PERMALINK

Evangelical Christians don't seem to blog much on politics

I go to Olasky's worldmagblog.com to read what the Christian fundies have to say about politics and current events, and occaisionally leave comments. It can be scary, though. I recall one commenter hoping that Christianity should be made the state religion. There are a lot of dominionists out there.

However, if you say Paul was a homosexual and Thomas was his boy toy, they will use the nuclear option on your Windows OS and freeze up your deskbot. I have to use Firefox to go there now.

Posted by: Brojo on April 6, 2007 at 1:49 PM | PERMALINK

"Pat Robertson's CBN," Brody says in frustration. "We take that as a dig."

To be fair we should be taking pains to call it "GE's NBC and Viacom's CBS".

Posted by: Preston on April 6, 2007 at 2:00 PM | PERMALINK

Below is a typical post from worldmagblog.com:

"Cheney unleashed

Very interesting transcript of Rush Limbaugh's interview yesterday with Vice President Cheney. The veep here discusses Democrats' historical amnesia, Nancy Pelosi's foreign policy fiasco, and John Kerry's "Stalinist" behavior."

Posted by: Brojo on April 6, 2007 at 2:21 PM | PERMALINK

If California is a pro-Giuliani state, then I'm a pumpkin.

Posted by: craigie on April 6, 2007 at 3:24 PM | PERMALINK

until someone like Fred Thompson gets in the race. Then people right of center will have a real choice.

I thought conservatives wanted Hollywood to stay out of politics. . .

Posted by: Dwight on April 6, 2007 at 3:54 PM | PERMALINK

As I've said before, if Republicans want to elect a pro-abortion, pro-gay rights, tough on crime, tough on terrorism New Yorker who enjoys wearing skirts, high heels and lipstick, why not just elect Hillary Clinton and be done with it?

Posted by: Stefan on April 6, 2007 at 4:05 PM | PERMALINK
If California is a pro-Giuliani state, then I'm a pumpkin.

I could see it being one in the Republican primary, given the field so far, but that's about it.

Then again, for all I know, you are a pumpkin.

Posted by: cmdicely on April 6, 2007 at 4:30 PM | PERMALINK

Very interesting transcript of Rush Limbaugh's interview yesterday with Vice President Cheney.

You can also get the transcript at the White House website, where they would never use official government resources for purely political purposes. He also tries again to connect Iraq and al Qaeda, and has a good laugh over Bush's recent recess appointment of Sam Fox while the Democrats take a vacation.

Posted by: Qwerty on April 6, 2007 at 5:07 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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