Happy trails, Rudy

The monstrous 9/11 pimp and corrupt-beyond-comprehension Rudy 9iu11iani has bet the proverbial farm on winning today’s Florida Republican primary. Despite the time and money he’s spent in that state, he trails badly in the polls and is hinting that he might drop out of the race if the expected loss occurs.

Pundits, newspeople, bloggers and other assorted internet smartasses are calling today Goodbye Rudy Tuesday. Since all the cool kids are doing it, so will I.

The most fitting advance obituary I’ve seen came from last Friday’s New York Times:

Why, as a New York-based paper, are we not backing Rudolph Giuliani? Why not choose the man we endorsed for re-election in 1997 after a first term in which he showed that a dirty, dangerous, supposedly ungovernable city could become clean, safe and orderly? 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.

Update: It’s over. McCain wins with 36% of the vote and gets all of Florida’s 57 delegates.  Romney finished second with 31%. 9iu11iani got 15%, barely ahead of Mike Huckabee but well ahead of Ron Paul for a change.

CNN reports that 9iu11iani will quit the race tomorrow and endorse McCain.

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  • iT  On January 29, 2008 at 10:37 am

    One of the local bloggers here has been running a “Rudy Death Watch” for several weeks (among other things — he’s a funny guy generally).

    Here’s the latest:

    Scarborough: What happened with Giuliani’s campaign?

    Crawford: He campaigned. Everywhere he went his numbers went down.

  • genghishitler  On January 29, 2008 at 10:45 am


    Yeah, that sums things up nicely.

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