Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Downfall of Rudy Giuliani

Good op-ed from Timothy Egan in the New York Times.

From "Goodbye Rudy, Tuesday":

...It’s worth stepping back for a moment to recall how far and how quickly Giuliani has fallen. For most of the summer and well into the fall, he was the Republican frontrunner. His campaign consisted of a hagiography: the hero of 9/11. His fundraising was strong. Now the campaign is all but broke and he’s getting his clock cleaned in some states by Ron Paul – Ron Paul! – the 97-pound libertarian who thinks the war on terror is bogus.

...More broadly, you can summarize Giuliani’s problems in the line he no longer uses. When the World Trade Center towers came down, he turned to his loyal sidekick Bernie Kerik, and said he was glad George Bush was president.

Now, that line is a triple loser. Kerik, his police commissioner, is under federal indictment, in a sea of troubles. Bush is despised by two-thirds of Americans, and even a majority of Republicans want to go in a different direction. As for the big scare, give Senator Joe Biden credit for writing what may be Giuliani’s obit: “There are only three things he mentions in a sentence: a noun, a verb and 9/11.”

Yet Giuliani still wants to frighten people into voting for him...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Plus the fact that he cooked the city hall books in order to hide how much money the nypd was spending on his equally goof ball mistress.I will never forget that ridiculous comment he allegedly made to Kerik.he was praising the man under whose watch his city was attacked!Straight out of bazarro world! I will also never forget how Chris Matthews was literaly frothing at the mouth with his fellow pundits (Russert too)about what a wonderful candidate he would be!I screamed at the tv "you fucking assholes obviously don't know shit about him".