July 3, 2006


Candidate Giuliani (Fred Siegel, July-August 2006, Commentary)

Will Rudolph Giuliani be a heavyweight presidential contender in 2008? Some of his enemies evidently think so. They have already begun to raise the alarm.
One early entry is Giuliani Time, a newly released documentary film that aims to land a preemptive blow....
...The principal voice is that of Wayne Barrett, a Village Voice reporter and the author of a 1999 book, Rudy! An Investigative Biography, which argued that city hall under Giuliani was “a government of, for, and by white people.” Other witnesses for the prosecution flitting across the screen include some who, in the pre-Giuliani era, helped bring New York to its knees. One of them is the political scientist Frances Fox Piven, whose influence during the mayoralty of John V. Lindsay in the late 1960’s contributed to a doubling of the city’s welfare roles; another is Norman Siegel, who as head of the New York Civil Liberties Union labored tirelessly to thwart the crimefighting efforts of the New York City police department; a third is Ron Kuby, the attorney who played a bit part in lighting the long fuse that went off on 9/11 by helping to win a murder acquittal for Sayed Nosair in the 1990 assassination of Rabbi Meir Kahane. (Nosair’s apartment contained plans for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center that were left untranslated and unread by the FBI.)

Seriously, how great is this? It's not often that your opponent trots out a parade of horribles for your benefit. As long as the far Left is attacking him and the Evangelicals in the South keep seeing and hearing him in person, Rudy has a smooth ride to the nomination. Saving NYC from the Left and keeping it together during 9/11 trumps McCains' time in the POW camp and anything he's accomplished in the Senate.

Posted by Pepys at July 3, 2006 6:03 PM

He still needs a "come to Jesus" moment on abortion. Shouldn't be to hard as he doesn't seem to be a dogmatic pro-choicer.

Posted by: Benjamin at July 3, 2006 7:29 PM

Benjamin is right: the GOP won't nominate a pro-choicer. I believe Giuliani is in a tough situation because if he switches now it simply looks like an expedient political decision. Lots of influential GOP pro-lifers would wonder how serious his commitment is.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at July 3, 2006 7:40 PM

No. He just has to stay out of their way. As long as he says he won't legislate on it, he's cool.

Posted by: Pepys at July 3, 2006 8:27 PM

He doesn't have to be personally pro-life as long as promises to nominate judges who will judge in accordance with the Constitution, which leaves abortion law to the states. As long as he says abortion regulation is a Constitutional power of the states, and he'll nominate accordingly, his personal views won't be a decisive block.

Posted by: pj at July 3, 2006 10:09 PM

Whatever his personal views, Giuliani must perforce abide by the law of the land. Although I think he has a good chance of winning the election, getting nominated might be a bit dicey.

Posted by: erp at July 4, 2006 8:28 AM