Rudy Patootie

As you may have heard, Rudy Giuliani got up a fine dudgeon over’s “General Betray Us” ad and took out an ad of his own in the *New York Times* attacking both MoveOn and Hillary Clinton, who had nothing to do with the ad but, in Giuliani’s view, failed to condemn it enough.

Okay, my take, very quickly: MoveOn really should leave the schoolyard name-calling to right-wing talk radio. The left should make every effort never to sink to Rush Limbaugh’s level. There were ways to make use of the same idea (and even the phrase “betray us”) without calling names.

On the other hand, MoveOn has now produced a TV spot on Rudy Giuliani that is pure brilliance (and all true). This is the kind of stuff they *should* be doing:

8 Responses to “Rudy Patootie”

  1. Forrest Says:

    Funny…it was months ago that I read that the troops were calling him that…though I can’t find a cite at the moment.

  2. RAB Says:

    The concept of this spot is fine, but the copy is far too dry and unpersuasive, and they don’t really make the central argument that “Rudy talks tough, but when he had the chance to shape critical public policy he blew off his duty to the nation.” This is something he deserves to be nailed on, and it’s irritating to see an easy score slip through their fingers. Frankly, the “Betray Us” ad was stronger.

  3. Joaquim Says:

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  4. Steve Gerber Says:

    Joaquim: Thank you. It’s always nice to read a comment like that.

    The remnants of the web site were designed and programmed by my ex and her sister.

    The blog — it’s running WordPress — does a remarkably good job of maintaining itself. There’s a link to the creator of the blog design (theme) below, and there are hundreds of such designs available for WordPress.

    Why do you ask?

  5. Brian Spence Says:

    I agree with your post 100% Steve. needs to stay away from actions that keep it a right wing talk radio punchline. Even though they were grossly misrepresented on the “Bush as Hitler” ad (it wasn’t theirs, it was an ad someone submitted for a contest they were running), I think they need to keep the inflammatory rhetoric to a minimum. That Rudy ad was totally dead on, and we just need to keep hitting the right with reason, not insults.

  6. Scott Andrew Hutchins Says:

    I think it’s amusing that the Republicans are complaining for MoveOn bandying about the word “treason” when the Right is doing exactly the same thing.

  7. Bobby Poon Says:

    Yeah, I’m not sure if I agree. The name-calling has worked great for the Republicans, and I don’t think Petreus is anything but a politician.

  8. Stephen Payne Says:

    Personally, I think that heads should be putting guns in their mouths and painting the walls with their brains, but that’s just a personal nitpick.

    I hate all PACs. They reduce any argument to juvenile namecalling and paranoid rantings.