So, having lived in NYC when Giuliani was mayor, and having seen firsthand what an asshole he was - to poor people especially - I can barely contain my glee that he is virtually out of the GOP race.
Like Mitt Romney, he seemed to think that he could buy an election.
I thought it was unbelievable that anyone - especially conservatives - would support a guy who announced on live television that he was leaving his wife for his mistress in the first place. And this was how his family found out!
Here's a guy who has been waiving the bloody flag of 9/11, which was, let's face it, the saving grace of his career. Until that point, he had been reviled - and rightfully so - for forcing out the city's best police chief, William Bratton, because he couldn't face sharing the spotlight; for ramming through "work experience" programs that forced often-ailing seniors to work physically demanding jobs without, in many cases, access to restrooms (and for less than minimum wage, when you calculated the public assistance benefits they were getting); who told reporters that his mistress (and later wife), whose police protection city taxpayers covered, was a "friend,"; who had police harass gay couples in Hudson River Park; who had a couple of bars shut down for "operating without a cabaret license" when people had fun and got up and danced on tables; who tried to change the city's constitution to prevent a political rival from running for office.
Someone who was so power-hungry that he abandoned decades of pro-choice advocacy during this presidential campaign and said it would "be OK" if Roe V. Wade were overturned, and that he'd appoint Supreme Court Justices like arch-conservative Samuel Alito if he were president.
I could go on and on.
In the words of former NYC Councilman Steven DiBrienza, "If you work on Wall Street and live in Nassau County (Long Island), this administration has been good for you."
For disclosure purposes, it is not without a bit of pride that I can tell you I got the NYC community newspapers onto his media "enemies list" when I was a freelancer, due to investigative stories about the so-called "Work Experience Program" referenced above.
Go away, Rudy, and do us all a favor.