September 3rd, 2008
10:06 PM ET
10 years ago

Schneider: The era of the conservative bloody shirt draws to a close

ST. PAUL (CNN) - The question most viewers probably have on the next speaker, Rudy Giuliani, is How many times will he mention 9/11 in his speech tonight?

You know, there’s a phrase for what’s happening in this Republican convention: waving the bloody shirt. For decades after the Civil War, Republicans would win by “waving the bloody shirt” – calling on voters to remember the Union cause for which we sacrificed, and so many died.

After a few decades, it didn’t work anymore

We may be at that point now for the conservative bloody shirt.

The GOP needs to raise the excitement level among the party’s base. The problem is, it’s hard to rally the base without other people noticing. This is “us versus them” politics, portraying Democrats and liberals as somehow alien.

soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. wendy

    The republicans are only for themselves.If you don't believe what they do.You're not American in their eyes.You're not a patriot.I don't believe that about them,but they believe that about me because I don't follow their ideology.I thought this was American.They are a mean,cynical,us vs.them party that is not inclusive.It is very frightening because they are so...hateful.THIS IS THE MOST HATEFILLED CONVENTION I'VE EVER SEEN.PLEASE MEDIA-STATE THIS AS THE CASE BECAUSE YOU KNOW IT'S THE TRUTH!

    September 3, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  2. Gracie

    I'm NOW disgusted by the whole RNC.

    It's has been nothing but a "CIRCUS OF CLOWNS" prancing around on stage.

    WHY in GOD'S name is Rudy Gulliani even speaking? He's NOT a Senator, he's NOT a Congressman, He's NOT a Governor.... he's part of a OLD era that is NOT longer credible. He was a Mayor, and NOT even a very good one. His banner of glory is going to be 9/11 over and over and over!! That is ALL Rudy can speak about.

    Gulliani does NOT have any credibility what-so-ever when it comes to politics. He's a "has been". NO ONE cares what he has to say.

    Go home Rudy and cuddle up to your mistress of a wife!

    September 3, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  3. oh my

    wow i guess they were right...they cant stand on the issues so they have to attack...but NOT THIS TIME

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 3, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  4. Barbara

    Did He REALLY just say

    4 more wars
    4 more wars
    4 more wars
    4 more wars


    September 3, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  5. mark from LA

    I committ $5 to McCain for every time Guiliani mentions "9/11".
    And I'm going to donate $10 to McCain for every time the Drive By Media mentions Palin's daughter being pregnant.

    Three months ago I promised never to vote for McCain, but now with Dems and Media so against Palin, there's got to be something good about her...I'm now going to vote for McCain and Palin!!

    September 3, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  6. boston observer

    This evening has been vile ad hominem attacks. Guiliani's personal nastiness - joking about "community organizing" - is beneath the dignity of the process. It makes the Democrats look like the party of values, decency, respect.

    And chants of "drill baby drill". That's the answer? The vacuousness of the ideas and the party are abundantly clear.

    I pray for our country that the Democrats win.

    September 3, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  7. S. Boatman

    They Like Waving A Bloody Shirt. . . . Its Got Everyone Elses Blood On It But Theirs! They Yell Out . . . . Look At How Much Of Your Blood We Have Spilled!

    September 3, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  8. Ronald

    You can see that Conservatives have learned nothing. Same old politics of divide and conquer. I'm waiting for someone to tell me something about McCain other then he is a POW and he has been in politics for way too long.

    September 3, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  9. Raj, TX

    Being conservative does not mean being blind !! These folks speaking at Republican convention and making personal attacks seem to be rally stressed. Hello, don't show your true colors.., its backfiring now !! Times have changed, wake up !

    September 3, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  10. Tylenol 666

    GOP has officially become a GATHERING OF DEMONS


    Thats ALL HE DID

    OBAMA / BIDEN 08

    September 3, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  11. Belle, NC

    You know it's truly disappointing the way these people go on television and lie to the American people just because they are Republicans and they don't have the guts to stand up and say that what their party is doing is crap. Country first my xxx. McCain is not a MAVERICK because he chose to win an election over doing the best thing for the American people. It so sad that they could make such flippant decisions that can affect peoples' lives forever. HYPOCRITES.

    September 3, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  12. Dr. Mimi De La Cruz



    September 3, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  13. Chuck

    One mention. How do you people keep your jobs. Quit poisoning our young minds and set them free. Stop the bias, it only hurts America.

    September 3, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  14. kriss g

    I find it amazing that the Republican speeches are little on a plan and all about attacking Obama. How exactly is that putting the country first?

    September 3, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  15. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon

    The bloody shirt they are waving is from their self-inflicted wounds.

    Say goodnight, Rudy

    September 3, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  16. Drew

    The Repubs chanting "Drill Baby Drill" that is a sad day for our country and proves that rich Republicans dont care about the environment.......Obama at least is in touch with working families.....that is why I'll be voting for him

    September 3, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  17. Yeah Right!

    Rachel Maddow was correct when she said "noun-verb-POW". I guess for Guiliani it's 'noun-verb-9/11'

    And we now know the outcome of that. A war in Iraq, a country that did not contain WMDs and spending $10 billion a month in that country while they have a $80 billion surplus. Please, no way, no how , no McCain

    September 3, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  18. Christina

    The Republicans- we're the party of change, we're the ones with the real change.

    We will now start this campaign and convention doing everything the way we have always done.

    September 3, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  19. Tim, Seattle

    3 days of a convention and the blue collar voters still havent heard about what the Republicans are going to do for this country. No policy, no platform.
    Ghouliani's speech was definate red meat....but I have to tell ya', its still drill baby dril, the surge, POW camps and 9/11 re-treads.

    What are you going to do to increase employment? What are you going to do about healthcare? WHat are you going to do about short term gas prices?

    Great rhetoric, no solutions

    Obama/Biden 08'

    September 3, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  20. Tiffany

    Who would the Democrats offend by using the term "Islamic Terrorist Attack"? How about the millions of Muslims who aren't terrorists.

    Did we call Timothy McVeigh and the Unabomber "White American Terrorists?

    No...they were simply terrorists.

    I expected so much more from Giuliani.

    September 3, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  21. Obama=reality, McCain=la la land

    I'm watching Rudy wrap up his speech and I have to say this convention is a joke!! "Drill baby drill" ? More like "Snore, baby, Snore". That GOP startegist caught trashing the Palin pick on hidden mike said it best: "it's over " for the Republicans 🙂
    Jenn, Springfield MA

    September 3, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  22. David

    Without a bloody shirt, all they have left to wave is the flag and a bible.

    September 3, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  23. Me

    I bet Giuliani is kicking himself. Nobody told him that if he got in one of his drag outfits he could have been VP pick. 😦

    September 3, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
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