My son works in Manhattan and lives in Astoria, Queens. Yesterday he told me that all the buzz in the Big Apple was this:
RUDY THE YANKEE FLIPPER
MASS.-KISSER ROOTS FOR RED SOX
October 24, 2007 — Call him Judas Giuliani. Yankee fanatic Rudy Giuliani revealed yesterday that he is backing the hated Boston Red Sox in the World Series.
Not that The Mayor of 9/11 was all that beloved in the city he governed for eight years. Far from it. But this, this — betrayal of all that is fundamental and decent to Metropolitan New Yorkers has apparently pushed Rudy’s reputation to a tipping point where disdain spills over into disgust. And even the Post, that vital organ of Murdochiana in New York, gets it.
Yet I do not hold my breath waiting for a similar tipping point over this:
Rudolph W. Giuliani’s approach to foreign policy shares with other Republican presidential candidates an aggressive posture toward terrorism, a commitment to strengthening the military and disdain for the United Nations…
Mr. Giuliani’s team includes Norman Podhoretz, a prominent neoconservative who advocates bombing Iran “as soon as it is logistically possible”; Daniel Pipes, the director of the Middle East Forum, who has called for profiling Muslims at airports and scrutinizing American Muslims in law enforcement, the military and the diplomatic corps; and Michael Rubin, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute who has written in favor of revoking the United States’ ban on assassination…
Based on his public statements, Mr. Giuliani does not share all of their views and parts company with traditional neoconservative thinking in some respects. But their presence has reassured some conservatives who have expressed doubts about Mr. Giuliani’s positions on issues like abortion and gun control, and underscored his efforts to cast himself as a tough-minded potential commander in chief.
If you haven’t kept up on Stormin’ Norman Podhoretz, let’s just say that he makes Dick Cheney’s Iranian aspirations look circumspect in comparison. And Pipes and Rubin? Yep. Rudy Giuliani gets his foreign policy advice from the gang that has transformed the United States’ status as world leader into that of world canker sore and facilitated the butchery of untold thousands upon thousands of human beings. How to describe a politician who, in 2007 (!), digs into the dregs of that sour brine of neoconservatism to lift Podhoretz, Pipes, and Rubin to the center of his table? Moderate?
I’ll remember this foreign policy team the next time the Post, or any MSM outlet, refers to “the Yankee Flipper” as “moderate.” Yeah, moderate. Whatever that means anymore.