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.
But really, are Republicans going to care about an endorsement that begins, “We have strong disagreements with all the Republicans running for president” and goes on to support a guy because he “is the only Republican who promises to end the George Bush style of governing”? Liberals love McCain! Time for a Michelle Malkin blog post!
Update after the jump.
Looks like McCain is taking fire from the other Republican candidates for getting the endorsement of the liberal NYT. McCain’s response:
“In the case of the (former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt) Romney campaign, which I understand is the one that is making most of it, in all due respect, I got the endorsement of both of his hometown newspapers. The Boston Globe, which is known to be liberal, and the Boston Herald, which is very conservative. We got the endorsement of all the people who know him best, in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts. I appreciate anyone’s endorsement.”