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Friday, January 25, 2008

New York Times Disses Giuliani

The New York Times yesterday endorsed McCain and Clinton for their party’s nominations.
Frankly, it is a bit unseemly for newspapers to make endorsements and it is especially perplexing when they offer an endorsement for each major party! What does that mean?
However by anyone's measure there are a lot of problems with Rudy Giuliani.
Anyone who might be reading this is likely informed about the candidates for this year’s Presidential race. Rudy's many problems with the GOP base are well known and oft discussed so I wont go into that here. Anyway, that aside, it is interesting to see what the Times had to say, especially since they had formerly endorsed Giuliani for re-election as mayor.
Below is an excerpt from their take on the Rudy Giuliani of today.

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. Giuliani’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 couldn’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 city’s and the country’s nightmare to promote his presidential campaign.



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