The LuLac Edition #3281, August 20th, 2016
It was Old Timer’s Day at Yankee Stadium in 1993 and my buddy The Mickman had some very sweet seats. As we were settling in, Donny Boyle, a co owner from “Diamond Legends” nudges me and says “There’s Rudy Giuliani Yonk, go over and talk to him.” Hey, I loved the guy and respected all of his work in going after the Mob in New York. My father used to tell me that anyone who says they’re in the Mob….aren’t. And Guiliani knew the loudmouths were not the guys to focus in on. Rudy had lost to David Dinkins but was now set for another run. I sprinted over (this was pre cane days) and we had a conversation about crime, New York and his chances. One of his campaign aides took a photo that you see here.
He was one of the Republicans that I as a Democrat could support for any office.
All of the above makes Giuliani’s statement this week very sad for me. He said, "By the way, under those eight years, before Obama came along, we didn't have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States. They all started when Clinton and Obama got into office."
Okay, okay, I know what he meant. He certainly didn’t forget about the 911 carnage. He went to enough funerals of first responders and military to not forget that.
But in his passion to support Mr. Trump, he almost invalidated any credibility he had on terrorism. Almost.
Donald Trump may win the election. He’s behind but Gerald Ford and my boy Hubert Humphrey were behind too and made up a ton of ground. I voted for them and they lost. President George H.W. Bush made up a lot of ground and won. I voted for him.
But if Trump loses, he will go back to the golf courses and the beauty pageants. However the people with reputations that supported him in a blind partisan rage will have history to answer to with what they said and did in this year.
And Rudy will be the first one to explain whatever the hell he was thinking. I’m afraid I’m being way more kinder to Rudy then history will.
In addition, Lt. Governor Mike Stack started off the Race and also marched in the parade.