SOUTH FLORIDA, November 5, 2012 — People are judged by the company they keep. This is why President Obama is surrounded by Katy Perry, Lena Dunham, and Sandra Fluke. Forget the blind leading the blind. This is the vapid leading the vapid.
The Romney campaign has stars like Kid Rock, but they also have serious, substantive surrogates.
(Also, Kid Rock shuts up and sings. He seems like a good guy, despite his stealing my fedora look.)
In the critical state of Florida, Governor Romney brought in the big guns for several South Florida Sunday appearances. Christians have Palm Sunday, but the Jewish community and other lovers of America and Israel rallied for Palm Beach Sunday.
Governor Romney was not in attendance at these rallies, but he sent in the very best of the best. Rallies were held on Sunday at 10am in West Palm Beach, Noon in Fort Lauderdale, and 3pm in Aventura (Miami). Covering the 10am rally allowed me not to miss any National Football League games. While this may seem silly, President Obama made the mistake of holding his rally at 1pm, just when the Miami Dolphins game was starting. This lowered his turnout. The Dolphins were on the road, but people did stay home to watch the game, as was reflected in the television ratings for the game versus his speech.
Advocating for Romney were former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Palm Beach is overwhelmingly Democratic, and also heavily Jewish. Some people would consider this to be redundant, but Rudy Giuliani creates a sharp divergence. Americans know a hero when they see one, and Jews know who their friends are. Mr. Coleman is Jewish (and proud of it), and “America’s Mayor” Giuliani is one of the best friends the Jews have ever had. At the West Palm Beach GOP Victory Center, Several hundred people packed inside.
Senator Coleman reminded the crowd to guard against voter fraud. If anybody understands what it is like to have an election stolen from them, it is Coleman. In 2008 he was ahead on election day, yet somehow he lost by 215 votes out of a few million cast. He passionately spoke about the need to keep the integrity of the election process.
Senator Coleman is a fine man, but even his many admirers were there to see Mayor Giuliani.
The contrast between Giuliani and his successor, Michael Bloomberg, is stark. Many of the “snowbirds” still living in New York took note of this. Mayor Giuliani turned around a failing city and rallied the nation with George W. Bush after the September 11th attacks. Mayor Bloomberg cannot keep the streets clean after a snowstorm. Bloomberg has let Staten Island and Brooklyn rot after Hurricane Sandy, and angered many by initially refusing to cancel the New York Marathon in the wake of the devastation. When people see Rudy Giuliani, the first word that comes to mind is “leadership.”
Mayor Giuliani blasted the Obama administration, spending much of his time reviewing the debacle in Benghazi, Libya. He ridiculed the Obama notion of “leading from behind.” The crowd cheered as Giuliani said, “It’s called following.”
He expressed rage at the deaths of Ambassador Stevens and a pair of Navy SEALs, and the Obama administration attempts to shroud the truth. Giuliani incredulously exclaimed that the Obama administration tiptoed gingerly and blamed a video so as not to “offend the Libyans.” The crowd went wild when Giuliani thundered “I don’t give a damn about offending the Libyans! I want to offend them!”
President Obama bowed before the Saudi King but repeatedly snubbed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu. Mayor Giuliani returned a ten million dollar blood money donation from one of the Saudi princes after 9/11. The crowd knew between Obama and Giuliani which one supported Israel. The contrast could not have been more stark.
Despite the tight time schedule, Giuliani posed for pictures as best as he could. One woman with a thick accent said to him, “I am from Cuba. I love you.” Then she hugged him and kissed him.
When he came near me, I said “He is in a hurry. The New York Giants came starts at one pm.” He laughed, but then corrected me. “Four pm. The Giants game is four pm.” My confusion (I live in Los Angeles) was the time zones. Mr. Giuliani would have to get updates on his cell phone or have the game Tivoed, because he had more rallies to attend.
After he left, within moments the entire room was back on the telephones. The goal was to make 8,000 phone calls on Sunday for Governor Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan. Several volunteers of Congressman Colonel Allen West were there, and they immediately began dialing for him. Supporters of Adam Hasner did likewise.
While the people in the room like and believe in Mitt Romney, there was no question that the right surrogates were sent as reinforcements.
Again, people are judged by the company they keep. Palm Beach knows that Rudy Giuliani and Norm Coleman stand with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
That is, as Jews say on Passover, Dayenu (sufficient).
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, blogger, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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