Thursday, June 8, 2006

Rudy Giuliani Comes to Chicago to Campaign for McSweeney.

There are several impediments to complicate a campaign of Rudy Giuliani for the presidency. First, he’s not pro-life. Second, while he’s not for same-sex marriage, he has a spotty record that needs to be cleared up. Third, he’s not exactly an altar boy: a guy who married his first cousin without having known that she was his cousin…a guy who married a TV anchor and actress who tried to humiliate him by starring in “The Vagina Monologues” while he was New York mayor…a guy who earlier lived with the woman who became his third wife. I talked to a very orthodox priest about this whose eyes took a faraway caste and said, “I would like to counsel him but I think all these things could be handled for public consumption, not the Church’s, given Rudy’s stunning magnetism.”

I said to myself: stunning magnetism? A tough little Italian ex-prosecutor with the coldest eyes in politics since those of the late Richard B. Ogilvie? Then, herded into a room at Ditka’s where it was insufferably hot, we waited for him to arrive while I reminded myself of the scene where, with the twin towers crumbling, he was striding down the street, handkerchief to his mouth, giving orders as the town responded. I remembered him in the same way I recalled Churchill striding through the rubble of London in 1942. I told myself, “naw—there was only one Winston Churchill and Rudy’s no Churchill.”

Then there was movement in the room, everybody raced to the entrance, the television lights went on and the crowd, towering over a smallish man, moved ever-so-slowly and there was that wide Italian smile, the smile of a little guy but also a Prince of the City. I tell you, most politicians do nothing to me when they enter a room—even when a band plays “Hail to the Chief.” I stood dry-eyed and emotionless when Richard Nixon would come onto a stage as president. I was powerfully affected by Ronald Reagan only once—when after he recovered from his bullet wound, he appeared before the Congress, turned and waved as a hero. Jerry Ford, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, even George W. Bush doesn’t turn me on. The pencil-slim John Kennedy did when he was a Senator as he moved into a room where I was standing in St. Paul.

But I’ve got to tell you: this guy Giuliani has magnetism. I feel about him as I would from the gut. From my gut I think John McCain, though a hero, is something like a cardboard pop-up. The same with everybody else who’s mentioned for president—except.

I’ve got to talk to my friend the priest and get him to instill me with confidence that as president Giuliani would name good jurists, that he wouldn’t endorse embryonic stem cells, that he wouldn’t interfere with any constitutional amendment that protects traditional marriage. But this I know: if Giuliani is ever president, the same gutsy, forceful drive to take the campaign against terrorism to the offensive and not keep it on the defensive would triumph. That you can take to the bank.

Now, readers, tell me what your gut says.


  1. While Guiliani isn't a perfect Republican, he has leadership qualities that the Commander in Chief should posess.

    Much like Hillary, McCain swings back and forth depending on who he should appease before him on any given day.

    My vote would go to Guiliani, the guy with guts and charisma.

  2. Is so long that duh media would spend endless hours sorting through it all. I don't believe Mr. McCain is any sort of hero, he was a POW. In contrast with draft dodgers like Bill Clinton or Howard Dean anyone in a uniform is preferred even if, ala Dan Quail or GW it was a National Guard uniform.

  3. This guy is to the left of Topinka, and yet you vehemently shun her, and ogle over Guilianni?

    Come on, Tom, get real.

  4. Lovie's LeatherJune 8, 2006 at 3:20 PM

    I have like Rudy Giuliani. Although I don't really care for his stance on social issues, he seemed to have a good agenda for NYC. He probably wouldn't be my first choice for president, but 2008 is still 2 years away. We'll see...

  5. I hope he runs. He has my vote in the primary.

  6. I agree; Rudy's the only guy in the field that has the leadership skills to be the country's next T.R. The nation craves strong leadership. It's gotten some from Bush, but a lot of bad decisions have also been made regarding spending and war strategy and what-not. Rudy has demonstrated his ability not only to make tough decisions, but to make the right decisions. Just look at the way he turned around New York.

    As long as Rudy understands that he's leading the socially conservative party, I think he'll be fine. He can just say those are state issues, which means that he'll veto any socially liberal legislation (abortion funding, etc) and that he'll appoint conservative judges. The president doesn't have any say over the gay marriage amdt anyway, so what difference does it make? If social cons need someone to keep morale up, Rudy can run with a socially conservative VP to give the pro-life speeches and the like. Point is, as long as Rudy thinks abortion, marriage, etc, are state decisions, he'll appoint conservative judges, and that's the most important thing a POTUS does on social issues anyway.