Rudy and Race
There is a NYTimes article on Rudy and how he has exploited race for political purposes in his political rise. The mendacity, flip flops, race baiting and exacerbation are all revealed in detail. But I really like Greg Sargent's piece on Rudy. Here is a highlight:
Rudy ascended to the Mayoralty on a wave of anger and raw emotion in New York. His strategy was fairly straightforward: He spoke to the (not unjustified) fears and resentments that rising crime and demographic change were causing in blue-collar outer-borough Catholics, aging Jewish voters, and even some white liberals. . . .
For instance, as today's Times notes, during his 1989 campaign against Dinkins, his "campaign ran an ad in a Jewish newspaper with a photo of Mr. Dinkins and Mr. Jackson . . . The paper adds that Rudy also began calling Dinkins "a Jesse Jackson Democrat." [Earlier that year, he criticized Ed Koch for calling Dinkins a Jackson Democrat.]Speaking to the fear and bewilderment of outer-borough white voters anxious about the changing city around them, Rudy played a subtle -- and sometimes not so subtle -- racial game to take power. Eventually, it worked.. . . You can't understand the "bulls#$t" moment without seeing it in this larger context. It was anything but some random outburst. It isn't just some little "gotcha." It's Rudy in the raw. It's the Whole Rudy -- his rage, his overwhelming drive, his successful exploitation of the city's racial tensions to take power, his nasty and vicious streak.
People do not realize what a dangerous and unhinged man Rudy Giuliani is. There could be no worse fate for the country than Rudy becoming President in 2009.
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