NY Times on Rudy and Bernie

A New York Times editorial today explains why the Bernie Kerik indictment impacts Rudy's bid for the presidency.

The men have an extraordinarily close bond. Mr. Giuliani plucked Mr. Kerik from obscurity to make him correction commissioner. He made him police commissioner even though he may have been briefed about Mr. Kerik’s ties to the company suspected of links to organized crime. Mr. Giuliani also made him a partner in his security business and promoted him for the Homeland Security Department post.

Two important questions are precisely what are the mistakes the former mayor thinks he made in trusting Mr. Kerik, and how can voters be sure that he would not make them again as president, when the stakes for a disastrous appointment would be so much higher.

The second question is the most important one. The answer is we can't be sure, and Rudy must be judged by his past actions. He ignored too many red flags about Kerik. Perhaps it's a case of willful blindness, of being the ostrich burying his head in the sand. Perhaps it's classic arrogance. Perhaps Rudy is just a bad judge of character.

Either way, Rudy put personal loyalty to Kerik above the good of the nation in recommending Kerik to Bush for the Homeland Security job. Rudy doesn't deserve another chance. He doesn't get to say "trust me." There's no do-over on this one.

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    Gail Collins (none / 0) (#1)
    by andgarden on Sat Nov 10, 2007 at 12:01:02 PM EST
    has an excellent Rudy piece too.

    McCain and Rudy Snipe (none / 0) (#2)
    by RedHead on Sat Nov 10, 2007 at 04:38:39 PM EST

     McCain, campaigning in New Hampshire with ex-Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, said Kerik's shoddy performance in his previous assignment training Iraqi police showed he was unfit for the homeland job.

    "Kerik was supposed to be there to help train the police force. He stayed for two months and one day, left, just up and left," McCain said.

    "That's why I never would've supported him to be the head of homeland security, because of his irresponsible act when he was over in Baghdad to try and help train the police," he added.

    "One of the reasons why we had so much trouble with the initial training of the police was because he came, didn't do anything and then went out to the airport and left . . . That should have been part of anybody's judgment before they would recommend that individual to be head of the Department of Homeland Security."

    Ridge - the former Pennsylvania governor and first homeland security secretary - was equally harsh about Giuliani.

    "We're not talking about some urban city patronage job," Ridge said. "That's not what a Cabinet secretary's about."

    In response, Giuliani campaign adviser Randy Mastro said: "It's no fairer to judge Rudy Giuliani on the basis of this one issue than it would be to judge John McCain on the basis of the 'Keating Five' scandal."