Posted Friday morning, April 20, 2018.
Rudolph Giuliani at a rally at San Diego State University in August 2007 when polls showed him as the front-runner for the Republican party's presidential nomination. Photo by and courtesy of user 1DmkIIN at Wikipedia.
Once upon a time the political media was in love with this creep. Even before they proclaimed him America's Mayor they sang his praises to the skies. He made New York City livable again, after all. Never mind that they were giving him credit for the work done by Ed Koch and David Dinkins. Never mind that his “Broken Windows” campaign was mainly a campaign to terrorize the City’s population of young black men. The City was safe for stock brokers to have brunch in once more. The media was as smitten with him as they were they were with the Maverick John McCain, W before Katrina, Chris Christie, Sarah Palin, and Paul Ryan the policy wonk.
And now they wonder how we got Trump.
For over 30 years---and let's not forget their infatuation with Newt---supposedly savvy journalists and pundits, men and women who must be in the know because they have access, have been selling us crooks, grifters, charlatans, incompetents, hypocrites, and kooks as serious conservatives and plausible future presidents. In the Fall of 2007, Rudy was (briefly) the front-runner for the Republican nomination for President in 2008 and the press swooned. His main competition was Fred Thompson, who was running as the character he played on “Law & Order”, and the Maverick John McCain. Supposedly savvy journalists and pundits swooned over all three. And so here we are, finally stuck with one of that number, who is all those things rolled into one and doubled, and there are still supposedly savvy journalists and pundits looking in the same dark and dirty places for a Republican savior.
I’ve written before that the question isn’t really how did we get Trump. It’s why did it take us so long? But another way of looking at it is that he’s been here all along, just until now we’ve had him in bits and pieces.