The New York Times this morning endorsed John McCain, in an editorial that asked the question, “Why, as a New York-based paper, are we not backing Rudolph Giuliani? … What about the man who stood fast on Sept. 11, when others, including President Bush, went AWOL?”
That man is not running for president.
The real Mr. Giuliani, whom many New Yorkers came to know and mistrust, is a narrow, obsessively secretive, vindictive man who saw no need to limit police power. Racial polarization was as much a legacy of his tenure as the rebirth of Times Square.
Mr. Giulianiâ€™s arrogance and bad judgment are breathtaking. When he claims fiscal prudence, we remember how he ran through surpluses without a thought to the inevitable downturn and bequeathed huge deficits to his successor. He fired Police Commissioner William Bratton, the architect of the drop in crime, because he couldnâ€™t share the limelight. He later gave the job to Bernard Kerik, who has now been indicted on fraud and corruption charges.
The Rudolph Giuliani of 2008 first shamelessly turned the horror of 9/11 into a lucrative business, with a secret client list, then exploited his cityâ€™s and the countryâ€™s nightmare to promote his presidential campaign.
I cannot wait not to have Ghouliani to kick around anymore.