2007 August 05 Sunday
How Can Rudy Giuliani Get Elected President?

Isn't Rudy's marriage history too much to let him get elected to the US Presidency?

But Judith carries some distinctly un-Laura baggage. Like her husband, she has been married twice before. They also had a secret affair for a year before Mr. Giuliani announced it to the world — and to his second wife, Donna Hanover — at a news conference.

Her relations with Mr. Giuliani’s children by Ms. Hanover are by all accounts deeply strained, despite her efforts at rapprochement. And his son and daughter, ages 21 and 17, have said they do not plan to campaign for their father.

Sharply critical articles, most recently in Vanity Fair, have described Mrs. Giuliani as an imperious striver who shops extravagantly, demands a separate seat on the campaign plane for her Louis Vuitton handbag and has compiled a hit list of campaign aides she wants fired.

He'd have to get the nomination from Christian Republicans. Then he'd have to get some of those Christian Republicans to vote for him in the general election. I guess it depends on who the Democrats nominate. But his kids are down on him. He's married to his third wife who he started an affair with while still married to the second wife. Has America changed so much that he's got any sort of chance?

What he has going for him: He's not intellectual enough to turn off the mainstream voters because he's not that smart. Also, California moved up its primary date. So he might be able to get a bunch of delegates to the Republican convention early on and build momentum. But go on to win when married 3 times and to a woman who is also on her third marriage?

Some people are going to vote for Fred Thompson because he's old enough and seemingly content enough that he won't surprise us by, say, trying to convert the Arabs to democracy and he won't get divorced or have an affair. I'm guessing Romney's going to turn off most fundamentalist Christians due to his Mormonism.

Also, Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama? Or does a third Democrat even have a chance?

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2007 August 05 02:40 PM  Politics American Presidency

karma said at August 6, 2007 12:37 AM:

I too often wondered how the conservative circle would handle Guiliani's family situation, considering it plays a major part of their "core" values. But if the VP can have a gay daughter then Rudy is cleared for take off with bride #3 and absent children. Perhaps there are lines that are not to be crossed, but who has the rule book?

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