Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Osama bin Ladin, former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani has officially become a 2008 presidential candidate. Giuliani, one of the most reviled public servants in New York City history (no mean feat), became an almost mythic national figure in the aftermath of 9/11 as he skillfully posed on steel rubble and mastered the art of the doleful, woeful press conference.
As the world gazed misty-eyed at the newly-minted “America’s Mayor”, forgotten were the Abner Louima and Amadou Diallo police brutality scandals. Forgotten were the sweet insider deals granted large corporations at the expense of city public spaces. Forgotten was Giuliani’s censorship of the arts and his crackdown on NYC nightlife. And most outrageously, forgotten is Giuliani’s unforgivably stupid pre-9/11 mistake of relocating the city’s Office Of Emergency Management to the World Trade Center, which had already suffered a terrorist attack. Idiocy! He’s the perfect Republican candidate.
UPDATE: Watch the Freepers salivate and wet themselves in delight as they live-blog Giuiliani’s appearance on Hannity & Cole. They like him, they really like him.