Joseph Lhota, former Giuliani apparatchik and Goldwater admirer, is attacking Bill de Blasio, his Democratic opponent for Mayor of New York, for de Blasio’s history of supporting the Sandanistas against the Contras in Nicaragua. De Blasio seems inclined to downplay the issue. Maybe his pollsters know something I don’t, or maybe he just figures that when you’re far ahead in the fourth quarter you mount a prevent defense.
But if less pacific counsels were to prevail, it’s not as if de Blasio doesn’t have a potent response to the attacks. It might go something like this:
Yes, when Ronald Reagan made the United States a state sponsor of terrorism, and when Ollie North was funding the Contras – with a mixture of illegal federal expenditures and smuggling cocaine into the United States – to murder nurses, kidnap farmers, and torture captives– I was on the side of the victims.
Whose side were you on, Mr. Lhota?