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December 17, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

FIGHTING BACK AGAINST NASTY....Sometimes it's wise to just keep your mouth shut. The U.S. Attorney scandal earlier this year didn't really take off until Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty put his foot in his mouth and told Congress that the prosecutors in question had been fired for "performance-related" reasons. Until then, the firees had mostly been willing to take their lumps and move on, but McNulty's comment pissed them off and they started talking. The rest is history.

Likewise, Rudy Giuliani probably should have kept his mouth shut a week ago instead of telling Tim Russert, "How can I not have pretty good judgment about the people who work for me and not been able to turn around the United States attorney's office?" In the New York Times today, the U.S. Attorney whose office Giuliani supposedly "turned around" fires back. According to John Martin, Giuliani made no major changes in the staff or leadership group he inherited; the idea of prosecuting organized crime families under the RICO statute originated a year before he took office; his famous securities fraud cases originated in a tip from Merrill Lynch; and the trial of Bronx Democratic leader Stanley Friedman originated with the Chicago FBI office. He concludes:

There is no question that Mr. Giuliani is an able lawyer. It is unfortunate, however, that he feels he must denigrate the accomplishments of others to advance his own political interests.

That's unfortunate all right, but it's also part of Rudy's DNA. You don't get one without the other.

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"Instant Karma's gonna get you,
Gonna look you right in the face.
Better get yourself together darlin',
Join the human race.
How in the world you gonna see,
Laughin' at fools like me?
Who on earth d'you think you are?
A super star?
Well, right you are."
- John Lennon (1973)

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on December 17, 2007 at 12:49 PM | PERMALINK

I wonder what Bush thought, reading that about a Republican who wants to succeed him.

Posted by: theAmericanist on December 17, 2007 at 12:49 PM | PERMALINK

The rate of implosion for the Giuliani is an amazing thing. And beautiful.

Posted by: F. Frederson on December 17, 2007 at 12:55 PM | PERMALINK

This is an issue with all three top-tier GOP campaigns. Rudy, Romney and the Huck have all got into trouble lately when obvious, stupid lies come back to haunt them. It's as if they've never heard of the Internets. Or more likely, having not served in DC, they're not used to a press corps that will occasionally call them on this stuff. I can't imagine that the media in Little Rock or Boston had either the time, manpower or will to call their governors on this stuff. Why piss off the gov over something that seems trivial? And all the NYC media cared about was Rudy's wang and his fights with ferret owners. The key to lying is to make it difficult on the press to call you on. These guys are not ready for prime time.

Posted by: JZ on December 17, 2007 at 1:05 PM | PERMALINK

"NEW YORK, January 10, 2008. Department of Homeland Security Special Police today arrested John Martin, former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York as an otherwise unspecified 'security threat.' He was observed hooded and being bundled into an unmarked van, which then sped off toward Kennedy Airport. Reporters were detained by other police at the scene, who warned, 'we know who YOU are too, pal, and where you live.'"

The Giuliani White House referred all questions to DHS.

Posted by: bleh on December 17, 2007 at 1:07 PM | PERMALINK

Remember the hard efforts of those NYC workers during and after 9/11? Rudy also thinks their efforts helped people only because Rudy was their mayor. Remember all those extra cops on the streets of NYC during the 1990's because the Federal government helped for their efforts? That is not why crime fell. Crime fell only because Rudy was the mayor. I'm being cynical of course, but it seems that Rudy actually believes this BS.

Posted by: pgl on December 17, 2007 at 1:20 PM | PERMALINK

From 12/17 The New Yorker--a Guiliani Quis

Who said what about Rudolph Giuliani?

1. Schools chancellor Rudy Crew.

2. Columnist Jimmy Breslin.

3. Police Commissioner William Bratton.

4. His son, Andrew.

5. Former Mayor Ed Koch.

6. Al Sharpton.

(a) “His goal in life is to spear people, destroy them, to go for the jugular.”

(b) “It’s like a cult he’s got there. You can’t work with the guy unless you’re willing to drink the Kool-Aid.”

(c) “There’s obviously a little problem that exists between me and his wife.”

(d) “He is not bound by the truth. I have studied animal life, and their predator/prey relations are more graceful than his.”

(e) “[He] didn’t bring us together, our pain brought us together. . . . We would have come together if Bozo was the mayor.”

(f ) “He is a small man in search of a balcony.”

Answers:1 d, 2 f, 3 b, 4 c, 5 a, 6 e

Posted by: Neal on December 17, 2007 at 1:46 PM | PERMALINK

... it's also part of Rudy's DNA. You don't get one without the other.

Is there a down side to not getting Rudy at all?

Posted by: freelunch on December 17, 2007 at 1:55 PM | PERMALINK

"until then, the firees had mostly been willing to take their lumps and move on, but McNulty's comment pissed them off and they started talking. The rest is history."

So Alberto lost his job and went on to make millions. What was the cost to anyone else?

Posted by: Gore/Edwards 08 on December 17, 2007 at 2:18 PM | PERMALINK

Blaming others and puffing up is in the GOP DNA. Rudy's just the latest poster boy.

Posted by: judyo on December 17, 2007 at 3:15 PM | PERMALINK
Is there a down side to not getting Rudy at all?

Well, if he's not elected it decreases the chances that he's assassinated or that his heart gives out from all the stress over the next few years. And the longer it is until he dies, the longer it is until I have the chance to piss on his grave. As an NYC resident for a long time I feel safe saying that there are a lot of people these days who would relish that opportunity.

It's a down side I'm more than willing to accept, but it's a down side nonetheless.

Posted by: R Johnston on December 17, 2007 at 7:14 PM | PERMALINK

I'm accustomed to Republicans running negative campaigns but if Rudy's grammar is any indication it appears he will now run a double negative campaign. Yoda is easier to understand than the Rudy quote from MTP.

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