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Ex-Bush Aide: Giuliani 'Went Too Far' Doubting Obama Loves US

By    |   Friday, 20 February 2015 04:44 PM

New York City's outspoken former mayor, Rudy Giuliani, said too much when he cast doubt on whether President Barack Obama loves his country in a speech at a private political dinner on Wednesday, says a conservative commentator who previously worked for President George W. Bush.

"Rudy is fantastic but he went too far," Bradley Blakeman, a Georgetown University professor and former senior Bush White House staffer, told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV Friday. "No American should accuse the president of not loving the country."

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Blakeman joined Rick Ungar, a liberal columnist and radio talk-show host, on "MidPoint" Friday to discuss the uproar over Giuliani's remarks. The two agreed that Giuliani's "love of country" critique of the president was unhelpful, but they split over how obliged other Republicans are to condemn it.

"Rudy is not a spokesperson for the GOP," said Blakeman, who teaches public policy, politics and international relations at Georgetown. "He is a former mayor of New York, he happens to be Republican, but he has no official title any more, either with the party or as an elected official."

Obama "wasn't brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country," Giuliani, a 2008 GOP presidential candidate, told a dinner audience, including the evening's guest of honor, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a potential 2016 contender looking for donors.

Ungar said that if Giuliani's goal was to "get himself a news cycle," he succeeded — and at the expense of other Republicans, especially those who would be president.

"He hurt his party because this doesn't help the GOP where elections are won," said Ungar, "and he put those who are actually candidates … into a very awkward position."

Ungar said that of all the party's 2016 prospects, Sen. Marco Rubio, is so far the only one to step up and say that Obama loves America even if his policies are bad for the country.

"Scott Walker dodged it,  foolishly, in an interview the next day," said Ungar, "and everybody else is staying away from it."

Blakeman said that "it's not incumbent upon them to speak out on their own or apologize, but when asked they should address it, for sure."

The panel also discussed the Justice Department's effort to stop a federal judge in Texas from holding up the president's executive moves on immigration.

Ungar credited the Texas judge who ruled against the administration with crafting a decision that White House and Justice Department lawyers will have difficulty overturning.

"I don't know that they're going to succeed," he said.

Blakeman agreed that if an appeals court doesn't buy the Justice Department's counter-argument and doesn't overrule the Texas judge, "the administration has some real egg on their face," in asserting a right to bypass Congress and issue green cards and work permits to millions of immigrants here illegally.

"But this is the modus operandi of the Obama administration," said Blakeman. "He taunts us. He says, 'If you don't like what I'm doing, sue me,' by his issuance of executive orders, and we do. We see it on immigration. We see it on EPA rulings, IRS — you name it."

Blakeman also rejected the Beltway conventional wisdom that Obama has cornered his opponents in a related dispute — Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding, which congressional Republicans want to limit in order to exclude Obama's immigration decree.

With the threat of another government shutdown looming because of the budget stalemate, Blakeman said that "it's incumbent upon Republicans to play chess and not Russian roulette over this."

"We should get a [budget] bill through the House and the Senate and get it to the president, and not hold up DHS funding," he said.

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