7.26.2007

harper's alert

New Yorkers, former New Yorkers, and everyone afraid of the Bush agenda: quick, run out and buy the current issue of Harper's. The terrific New York writer (and my email friend) Kevin Baker has this cover story: "A Fate Worse Than Bush: Rudolph Giuliani and the politics of personality".

The first sentence:
Rudolph Giuliani has, by far, the most dubious known personal history of any major presidential candidate in American history, what with his three marriages and his open affairs and his almost total estrangement from his grown children, not to mention the startling frequency with which he finds excuses to dress in women's clothing.

There's tons of other worthwhile stuff in this issue, including Jonathan Kozol (another favourite writer of mine) on US education, Benjamin DeMott on addiction to violence, and fiction by Alice Munro. Go for it.

12 comments:

Scott M. said...

I never quite understood the American fascination with personal history. Who cares if he dresses up in women's clothing and hangs around in bars? Is he competent? Is he able to make sound policy decisions? Does he have a good platform? That's what really matters.

One doesn't have to have a "pure Christian heart", one has to be a good leader with the right plan for the country and the ability to handle crises.

Just as long as he doesn't do crack at the cabinet table...

L-girl said...

I don't understand or care for it either, and neither does the writer. But Giuliani is an evil and dangerous man, and his governance is all about personality. That's why in this case, it's extremely important.

Also, Republicans campaign on the straight-and-narrow image, but it's all a complete hypocritical sham. That's another reason it's important. Like outing a gay gay-basher.

You'd have to read the article to get the full picture.

L-girl said...

Remember, they brought down a presidency because of a president's sex life - all the while most of them doing whatever the hell they wanted with whomever they wanted, underage or no.

redsock said...

The article also explores in depth how the legend of RG "cleaning up" New York City is a complete and utter myth.

redsock said...

And his legacy re 9/11 is almost as shameful as Bush's.

James said...

The only rebuttal to Giuliani's claim to be an expert on counter-terrorism thanks to his experience as NYC's mayor that should be necessary is: In response to the 1993 attack on the WTC, he put the emergency response HQ in the WTC.

Jere said...

I hate to interrupt Giuliani-bashing for any reason, but I see the banner's back! And I think we've got a change in the Toronto pic at left.

L-girl said...

Thanks for noticing, Jere. :)

I had to get the files from the guy who designed the banner. Now Allan is hosting them, so they will be safe and sound. And while I was at it, I figured it was time to rotate pics.

Please everyone feel free to go back to Giuliani bashing. It is all so very richly deserved.

redsock said...

In response to the 1993 attack on the WTC, he put the emergency response HQ in the WTC.

He also ignored -- for 8 years -- the 1993 problem of the fire dept and police being unable to talk to each other or themselves because of faulty radios.

That led to many unnecessarily deaths on 9/11. Then he lied to the 9/11 Commission, claiming that the fire fighters ignored an order to evacuate Tower 2.

(He lied repeatedly to the Commission, who fawned over his every breath. Oddly, his testimony is the only one the Commission did not post a transcript of on its website.)

There is a reason why the NYC fire fighters have vowed to speak out against Giuliani as often as possible throughout the campaign.

I'd call him nothing more than shit, but even a pile of shit has some redeeming qualities.

L-girl said...

James sent me a Firefighters' Association anti-Giuliani campaign video. I'm looking for the link but perhaps James will post it first.

L-girl said...

Here it is.

L-girl said...

Just as long as he doesn't do crack at the cabinet table...

An aside. Washington DC mayor Marion Barry was caught on videotape smoking crack with a sex worker.

He was re-elected.