Loopy Rudy

Clyde Haberman in the New York Times piles on about Rudy Giuliani's wierdness, a trait he says is well known to New Yorkers and the rest of us are getting to see for the first time.

New Yorkers are well acquainted with at least one other version. That would be Rudy the loopy. The weirdness factor, as some have called it, is as much a part of the Giuliani package as 9/11, banished squeegee men and shuttered porn parlors.

After reviewing the NRA call and his comment in London about how he was one of the most famous people in America, Haberman gives some other examples.


They found it weird, just as some New Yorkers did when Mr. Giuliani used to begin speeches with raspy imitations of Marlon Brando as Don Corleone — as if everyone knew “The Godfather” as well as he did. Often enough, people wondered if he had a sore throat.

...It kicked in hard several times with the mayor’s cross-dressing skits, including one time when he squealed in delight as Donald Trump nuzzled his fake breasts. It turned up in 1999 when he joked to a black audience, of all groups, about the hard time he had getting a New York taxi to stop for him.

He ends by saying maybe we should follow his example rather than question his motives:

“I can’t imagine why we can’t get beyond maligning other people’s motives nowadays in politics,” said the man who, as mayor, dismissed those who dared disagree with him as intellectually dishonest, morally deficient or simply, to use one of his favorite words, jerky.

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    you left out (none / 0) (#1)
    by cpinva on Tue Sep 25, 2007 at 05:25:38 AM EST
    the part about mr. guliani claiming to be the first to investigate yasser arafat, in 1985, after the achille lauro hijacking and murder. according to mr. guliani, no one (ok, except all the readers of time, newsweek, the nyt's, wp, wsj, etc, for most of the prior 20 years) had ever heard of mr. arafat before then.

    had al gore made such a blatantly false claim, the media would have been all over him, like a duck on a june bug. the response to this, and others of mr. guliani's lies, is a big, fat......................nothing.

    I could not be happier that the (none / 0) (#2)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Tue Sep 25, 2007 at 01:59:01 PM EST
    squeegee guys got the boot.

    And Mussolini (none / 0) (#3)
    by A DC Wonk on Tue Sep 25, 2007 at 03:10:48 PM EST
    ... made the trains run on time.

    ...and the trains ran on time with (none / 0) (#4)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Tue Sep 25, 2007 at 03:21:52 PM EST
    Rudy too.

    I think you're on to something...