August 31, 2004

Rudy Giuliani

Did anyone stay up late last night and watch Rudy's speech at the Convention? No? I missed it, too. That's why I was just listening to it at the NY Times website. It was wonderful and smart and clear. It was a powerful speech because it was so personal. Rudy lived it. He didn't have to be at the Convention speaking. He's not running for anything and no one claims he will be anytime in the near future. He came, I think, to thank the President for his support in those very dark days after 9/11 and to re-affirm that, in his view, this President is the best hope for maintaining national security. You don't have to see it Rudy's way, although I more or less do, but you have to admit it was a powerful speech.

You can find the text and video links here.

Posted by Random Penseur at August 31, 2004 11:04 AM

RP, he did a good job. He was funny and charming (not two words generally associated with him). He also did a better job going after Kerry than I ever thought possible. The fact that he could pull it off with a bit of humor took a lot of the downside off the attack. It was effective as can be.
However, he jumped-the-shark when he started comparing Bush to Churchill. I think he did it twice.
I know he is trying to ingratiate himself with GOP activists - who are far more conservative than he is - but I just had to laugh at this obsequious linkage. (And I'm not a Bush-basher by the way - just chagrinned by the comparison).
Cheers, Ivan

Posted by: stolypin at August 31, 2004 04:09 PM
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