• Rudy Giuliani Is Putting the 9 and 11 Back in 2012

    The 2012 primaries just keep getting better and better with each passing headline, don't they?

    The former New York City mayor, whose 2008 presidential campaign flopped, is said to be confident about his chances and is huddling with his advisers and planning to make visits to key states as he weighs a decision, The New York Post reports.

    Giuliani "thinks the Republican race will be populated with far-right candidates like Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee, and there‚Äôs opportunity for a moderate candidate with a background in national security," a source told the paper…

    Asked about the Post report this morning, Giuliani said "of course I keep in the back of my mind" the possibility of running again and indicated he is considering an early visit to [New Hampshire].

    First of all, to just state the obvious, standing on top of a pile of rubble and making soothingly patriotic noises come out of your head doesn't quite count as a "background in national security."

    Does Giuliani bring anything new to the table this time around? He's still the guy who happened to be in change of New York City while it suffered the largest terrorist attack in national history — which is not nothing — but that's now four years farther down the memory hole.

    And it's questionable whether he's better remembered for that or for turning the phrase "9/11" into a punchline. When kids looks at Rudy Giuliani and say, "Look, it's the 9/11 guy," they don't mean, "Look, it's the guy who guided our country's cultural center through its greatest crisis of faith in recent memory." I'm pretty sure they mean, "Look, it's the 9/11 clown! Say '9/11!' Yay!!!"

    Tags: 9/11, New Hampshire, Primaries, Republicans, Rudy Giuliani


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