…that Rudy Giuliani has pretty much departed from it. Here he is in Newsweek:
Giuliani is mindful of the persistent potency of racial issues in American politics. At one point in our conversation, he wondered aloud if Obama would play the race card in the 2012 election. Giuliani has a low opinion of the presidentâ€™s abilities….
â€œHe grew up and lived in a make-believe world, and he came to office without a clue. I donâ€™t sense that he has any practical intelligence.â€
Giuliani’s political musings aren’t especially nice. They aren’t especially coherent, either, given one or two demographic realities in the American electorate. A suspicious person might even surmise that the Mayor was dealing his own race card here.
Give Mayor Giuliani his due. He behaved admirably, even heroically, on September 11, 2001. On most other days, he was not particularly admirable. His blustering authoritarian leadership style proved toxic within 21st-century New York.
I hope he’ll be more polite in the next interview. Failing that, I hope I won’t have to hear from him until 9/11/2021.