As Florida Hopes Fade, Giuliani Says He Expects ‘Miracles’

Rudolph Giuliani never counted on winning in Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina next month. Instead, he’d set his sights on Florida, hoping a decisive win there on Jan. 29 would set the stage for a big sweep on Feb. 5, when 22 states hold primaries, including his home state of New York and California, where he calculated that his liberal-Republican affinity with Gov.Arnold Schwarzenegger would trump his campaign’s failed attempts at dirty tricks and deliver a win.

One astute observer of Republican nefariousness suggested that the “miracle” he’s expecting is similar to the sort of vote-rigging “miracle” that handed Florida, and the presidency, to George W. Bush in 2000.

But in the wake of a new poll that showed him in third place in Florida after Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney, Giuliani gave a
speech in Tampa that pundits say was intended to reset his campaign that featured this telling formulation:

“I’ve met adversity before [9/11]. I’ve led in situations that seemed hopeless [9/11] and dire [9/11], in need of a miracle,” he said. “I don’t just hope for miracles. I expect miracles.”

One astute observer of Republican nefariousness* suggested that the “miracle” he’s expecting is similar to the sort of vote-rigging “miracle” that handed Florida, and the presidency, to George W. Bush in 2000.

In any case, Giuliani, the cousin-marrying serial adulterer, shouldn’t get his hopes up for divine intervention because it appears that Huckabee — who recently claimed that God Himself is directing his surge in popularity — has cornered the market where miracles are concerned.

There was one moment of cultural dissonance that must have been amusing up close:

Naming several issues, he suggested the American call was to “get it done,” to which he answered “and we will.”

…The speech was reminiscent of Giuliani’s first inaugural address as mayor in 1994 — made famous by a young Andrew Giuliani lingering at the podium, waving to supporters — in which Giuliani repeatedly said: “It should be so, and it will be so.”

(It also reminded at least one person of the Larry the Cable Guy catchphrase, as one supporter yelled “Git-R-Done!” amid Giuliani’s speech.)

No word from the Giluiani campaign on whether the former New York City mayor is a fan of Larry the Cable Guy — or if he had ever heard his catch phrase before Saturday.

H/t: VRW *


  • December 17, 2007 - 8:57 pm | Permalink

    How many freakin’ miracles is he entitled to? It’s already a miracle that some NYC firefighter hasn’t capped his ass.

  • E. Gome
    December 18, 2007 - 1:53 am | Permalink

    “Julie Rudiani” is the worst politician in the USA. His ideal leader is the current occupant of the White House. This hack needs to be kept out of public life and government at all costs. I still want to know about his prior knowledge of 9/11. For me, everything changed after 9/11; I stopped believeing a word these politicos have to spew.

  • Anonymous
    December 18, 2007 - 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Too bad he didn’t get rid of the evidence of his taxpayer-provided love trysts as well as he got rid of the 911 evidence.

    Anyhow, he has the neocon corruption machine behind him, so watch out.

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