WASHINGTON --Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani criticized Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton in a full-page ad in Friday's New York Times, accusing her of assailing Iraq war commander Gen. David Petraeus' character.
In response, a liberal anti-war group is running a $50,000 ad campaign against Giuliani in Iowa, which begins the presidential nominating process. The television ad from MoveOn.org Political Action, which will start airing next week, accuses Giuliani of a "betrayal of trust" for abandoning the Iraq Study Group.
"Rudy Giuliani has become an uncritical cheerleader for George Bush's war in Iraq," said Eli Pariser, the group's director. "Yet when he had the chance to actually do something about the war, he went AWOL."
I think the strategy of working up mountains of phony indignation because - GASP - someone criticized the dear, sweet General is really stupid. Patraeus' boss is a liar, and everyone knows it. Petraeus is his mouthpiece, and everyone knows it.
"How DARE you call me a liar?" only works if you have the reputation of being an honest man.