Vanity Fair Rips Judith Giuliani Big Time

There's a six page feature article on Judith Giuliani in the new Vanity Fair which will be on the newstands this week. You can read it online now.

By the middle of the first page, you know it's going to be a train wreck for Judi. By the end of the article, there are no survivors, least of all Judi and Rudy.

Some of the juicier tidbits, like her ex-husband's allegation contained in court papers that she shouted anti-semitic insults at him and the intricate details about how, as an employee of U.S. Surgical, a company that performed live demonstrations of its surgical devices for doctors, she would have had to participate in the cruel killing of dogs, are going to seriously raise the blood pressure of Rudy's campaign staff. Others, like how her Louis Vuitton purse is so large it gets it own seat on their private plane and is nicknamed "Baby Louis" are amusing.

Mostly, she comes across as a phony, money grubbing, power-seeking wannabe.

Towards the end, there is speculation that Rudy's wandering eye is back.

The position of "Mrs. Giuliani" has not historically been a secure post. Although the candidate has lately been warned by advisers to avoid any hint of scandal, there is a sense that perhaps he is not listening. "Does a leopard change its spots?" says one close friend.

A source described as a friend of Rudy's says:

"Rudy has no willpower when it comes to relationships. This is why it's such an issue," says a Giuliani friend.

In all, it's a hatchet job but one you just can't stop reading.

Update: Wonkette's recap had me laughing out loud.

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    Yoke of the day... (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by desertswine on Tue Jul 31, 2007 at 10:12:47 AM EST
    "We're now finding out where all the candidates met their spouses. Barack Obama met his wife at a law firm. John McCain met his wife at a Naval officers' dance. And Rudy Giuliani met his third wife when he was cheating on his first wife with his second wife." -Jay Leno

    I know it's weak of me, but (none / 0) (#1)
    by clio on Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 11:43:28 AM EST
    I love hatchet jobs; b-rhymes-with-rich-y asides; over-the-top snark. Sarcastic character surgery, usually performed without anesthetic, is never kind, but often insightful, and can even be fun - provided you're not the patient.

    It's got to be good, though, and, oh baby, is the Vanity Fair piece good. Perhaps not quite as subtle as some hatchet pieces where the bleeding isn't obvious until the very end, but Mrs. G doesn't sound like the subtle kind.   Rudi for sure isn't.

    If it's Monday, it's time for schadenfreude (none / 0) (#2)
    by scribe on Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 11:44:38 AM EST
    yeesh - talk about a train wreck.

    But, there used to be impressarios who'd stage train wrecks at the various State Fairs, and from the stories I've read it sure seemed like a lot of fun to watch.  They put butts in the seats then, and this train wreck will do the same.

    Great line:  "they're here to stay, until they're not."

    gone to the dogs (none / 0) (#3)
    by Joe Bob on Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 02:23:38 PM EST
    While the thing about the dogs as medical subjects may peg the outrage meter on some people; it's not the least bit unusual. All manner of medical device manufacturers (stents, defibrillators, pacemakers, catheters, you name it) use dogs for pre-clinical studies and as 'teaching tools.'

    How do you think doctors learn how to use/install all the new medical hardware that comes to market? When working on human cadavers or mechanical simulators aren't adequate, live subjects, frequently dogs, are par for the course.

    So, while Judith may be deserving of all sorts of abuse and riducule for her wide array of personality flaws, her work as a medical rep isn't really noteworthy in its own regard.

    Uhh, that's the point (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Sailor on Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 04:54:18 PM EST
    All manner of medical device manufacturers (stents, defibrillators, pacemakers, catheters, you name it) use dogs for pre-clinical studies and as 'teaching tools.'
    it wasn't a 'study', (and most studies I know of use pigs or primates), it was a demo to sell a product.

    You can staple a couple of yards of sheep's intestine, (from a sheep slaughtered for food), and inflate it with water to make your point.

    Dogs are not close to people physiologically. They are cheap and available.

    Doesn't make it right or a reason not to tell the truth about the current mrs Ghooliani.


    Something about this dog story doesn't ring true - (none / 0) (#8)
    by aj12754 on Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 08:24:54 PM EST
    I can see using dogs in research -- done every day.  But as a sales demo it seems like it would be counterproductive.  It would elicit just ugh factor it has here.  

    In fact, a lot of the article rang false to my ears -- but then I hate this kind of article -- I didn't make it all the way through.

    Once the human tragedy has been completed, it gets turned over to the journalists to banalize into entertainment...I think of the McCarthy era as inaugurating the post-war triumph of gossip as the unifying credo of the world's oldest democratic republic. In Gossip We Trust. Gossip as gospel, the natonal faith."

    Philip Roth, I Married a Communist


    AJ (none / 0) (#9)
    by Sailor on Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 09:00:24 PM EST
    then treat te article with skepticism, find out the facts for yourself. There are enough links and print journals to discover the truth on your own.

    Sigh... (none / 0) (#10)
    by aj12754 on Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 09:30:29 PM EST
    SOP buddy.  Although I wouldn't expend any energy fact-checking this stinker. It's not like Ruddy's getting my vote in any case.

    'Ugh' is different for everybody (none / 0) (#13)
    by Joe Bob on Tue Jul 31, 2007 at 05:18:21 PM EST
    It doesn't strike me as unusual. 'Sales demo' makes it all sound a little tawdry. You could call it 'continuing medical education' but it's the same thing.

    Uhhh, no! (none / 0) (#14)
    by Sailor on Tue Jul 31, 2007 at 06:13:15 PM EST
    It doesn't strike me as unusual. 'Sales demo' makes it all sound a little tawdry. You could call it 'continuing medical education' but it's the same thing.
    CE (Continuing Education) doesn't include torturing dogs to make a sales point.

    Continuing education isn't performed by sales reps, it is an AMA sanctioned and insisted upon method to maintain a Dr's license.

    Care to provide links to AMA's use of dogs in CE?

    Or the list of all the other labs/sales reps that do this work?


    I Heard It Was Puppies (none / 0) (#4)
    by squeaky on Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 02:47:54 PM EST
    How's that?

    somehow, the quote below (none / 0) (#5)
    by scribe on Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 03:41:02 PM EST
    tells me more than I want to know:

    After training, the salespeople marketed the staplers to doctors, and, once again, in many cases large dogs were used, as they had organs comparable in size to those possessed by humans. "After the stapling, sometimes they'd put a big clamp above and below the staple lines of the dog, and fill [the area] with lots of fluid," the ex-employee says. "It would fill up like a balloon, and the salesperson would say to the doctor, 'See--it doesn't leak!' That's how they marketed and sold the product." (Some years ago, former C.E.O. Leon Hirsch defended the company's practice of using dogs, claiming that there was no proper substitute.)

    I understand the efficacy of such demonstrative selling and the need for hands-on exhibition of a "new" device, but I just get the creeps when I think of people inflating a dog just to prove their staple line is tight against leaks.  I can see the demonstration degenerating into a Ronco-style salespitch spiel, and that disgusts me even more.


    That Should Be Illegal (none / 0) (#6)
    by squeaky on Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 04:41:57 PM EST
    And it is not surprising that Mrs. G is callous enough to participate in inflating dogs to enhance sales.  Must be a piece of cake compared to sharing a bed with Ghooliani.

    i've not read this particular article yet, (none / 0) (#11)
    by cpinva on Tue Jul 31, 2007 at 06:02:28 AM EST
    but truly, from everything else i've read and seen, the two of them deserve each other. let's hope they stay together, and don't inflict themselves on some other innocents.