The job of Chief Executive of the United States calls for someone who can act on a moment's notice. Someone who, when the red phone rings, will step up to the plate and hit a home run. It worries me when I see a presidential candidate who is afraid... a candidate who avoids situations where they might be at risk, or where the future is uncertain.
I see nobody in the Republican camp who has exhibited those "hit a home run" qualities. The Republican who is flat-out afraid to declare his candidacy, Fred Thompson, is afraid to declare because once he does the press takes off the kid gloves and the hard questions start coming at him, and that's a frightening prospect for the man President Richard Nixon called "Dumb as Hell."
Rudy Giuliani has repeatedly demonstrated poor judgment, ranging from locating New York's Emergency Command Center in the World Trade Center AFTER the 1993 bombing demonstrated that the center was a clear and persistent target for terrorist attacks (and then lying about his role in the decision), to agreeing that his lobbying firm could do lobbying work for Citgo Petroleum Corp., a unit of the state-owned oil company controlled by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
And Romney has already proven he's a few fries short of a happy meal...
So you'd think the Republican presidential hopefuls would go out of their way to show off their bravery and willingness to rise to the occasion under adverse conditions, but no - not this group. A YouTube video of a snowman has this group of sad putzes on the run...
[...] Republicans' hesitancy to participate in the YouTube debate comes from having watched the Democratic YouTube debate. During the first try, Democrats had to answer difficult questions. Senator Hillary Clinton was asked if she was a liberal. Joe Biden and John Edwards had to reveal their choice for a Republican running mate. Edwards and Barack Obama had to answer a question about reparations for slavery. Questions on gay marriage, whether they sent their kids to public or private school and if they've talked to their children about sex education only made things more uncomfortable.
The Democratic debate was great television. No candidate stumbled too badly, though there were plenty of opportunities to do so, and it provided the first real clash between Obama and Clinton.
Now, put yourself in the shoes of Rudy Giuliani's campaign, or Mitt Romney's campaign. Some of the questions Democrats were asked were not anything a consultant could expect, and that leads to danger. If you want your candidate to stay on message, why would you allow them to face questions the likes of which you are unable to predict?
What better way to comment on this situation than via a YouTube video clip? That's right - you big, bad Republicans...
Warning! YouTube video Alert! Citizen ahead asking tough questions! Run Away, Republicans... Run Away!
Click the play button in the lower left-hand corner to play the video.
Well said, James. Let's hope someone in their campaign is brave enough to watch your video and listen to what you have to say.
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