Is it just my imagination or is former New York governor and current GOP presidential front-runner Rudolph Giuliani stealing from the famous Notre Dame football walk-on and Champions of Faith participant Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger?
Not only does the Giuliani primary promotional poster forsake the candidate's last name, the print and type style seem to be nearly identical to the one used on the blockbuster 1993 movie title bearing Ruettiger's popular nickname. But if that wasn't enough, yesterday's widely distributed news photo includes an Iowa University student and campaign volunteer (Jessie Appleby) next to a Rudy (Giuliani) sign who bears an eerie resemblance to actress Lily Taylor who played Rudy Ruettiger's love interest, Sherry, in that same inspirational film.
Being a writer who's had his titles and phrases "borrowed" without permission, it could be said that I'm overly sensitive on this subject. However, with one as shrewd, in a worldly sense, as this all-things-to-all-men politician, I refuse to believe that this is mere coincidence. On the other hand, Romans 8:28 is one of my favorite verses from scripture, and while Ruettiger (who has verses from Romans 8:38-39 introducing his COF chapter) now runs an international inspirational organization whose universal "Never Give Up" message addressed toward people of all races and creeds, usually procures him from endorsing a particular candidate, I'm hoping with a Romans 8:24-25-hope that the stealing-dealings of this thrice-divorced pro-abort will force Dan's hand. If not, it has certainly forced mine.
Rudy, Rudy, Rudy! (please endorse) Michael Huckabee for your next "Never Give Up" president!