January 25, 2008

WHAT HE OFFERS WE RATHER EASILY REFUSE:

Is it time for Rudy Giuliani to leave the stage? (Toby Harnden, 26/01/2008, Daily Telegraph)

That month in 2000, when he dropped out of the race for the Senate against Clinton, was a tabloid dream. His marriage unravelled (his then second wife learned their marriage was over when Giuliani announced it in a press conference), and he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. His wife forced him out of his official mansion and he moved into an apartment with a gay couple - who would advise him in the mornings about what tie to wear - and a chihuahua called Bonnie. [...]

If it is curtains for Giuliani in Florida, where only a win can keep his ailing candidacy alive, it will mark the conclusion of a political career that gave America - and the world - an outsized character with a giant ego. To some, including himself, he was a global hero, a latter-day Winston Churchill. To others, he was a small-minded villain who seemed to have sprung from the imagination of a Niccolò Machiavelli, Mario Puzo or Tom Wolfe.

Born in an Italian-American enclave in Brooklyn in 1944, Giuliani has long displayed many of the characteristics of a Mafia don, though as a prosecutor he went after the Mob relentlessly.


Weird is a tough sell in presidential politics.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 25, 2008 9:29 PM
Comments

not so! what about dennis kucinich's potent campaign.
seriouisly, weird...did you hear the clips of the dem debate the other night, the way they were nitpicking each other over insanely mundane details of nuance, all pretty much half-truths, and lies, anyway....now that's weird, yet either Obama and Clinton are getting the nomination. What I'd really like to see is someone halfway intelligent debate Hilary into a screaming temper-tantrum...so possible. Now that would really be fun.

Posted by: neil at January 25, 2008 10:08 PM
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