January 29, 2008

Rudy Giuliani Failure in Florida is Karma for Louima and Diallo


I figure that the political career of Rudy Giuliani political career is about to end tonight in Florida. My hope is that Rudy will drop out of the presidential race and head back home with his tail between his legs.

I thought it was poor taste that Rudy Giuliani used the September 11th tragedy in his city as a tool to prop up his failing administration as New York City mayor. He used it to make money on a speaking tour. Then he used it again to become a POTUS candidate. For most of last year he was the leading candidate in the Republican Party for the presidential nomination.

Giuliani's rise in national prominence was hard to take for many NY residents. Every poll showing Giuliani ahead in the polls last year added to the simmering anger of many people of African descent who had an entirely different view of the man. Many of us remember that Giuliani fueled racial tensions in New York City with his endorsement of police brutality. His "quality-of-life" campaigns against hot dog vendors, jaywalkers, publicly-funded art and cab drivers showed his disdain for civil rights.

Villagers, do you recall how Giuliani's Police Department came under fire in 1997, when Abner Louima, who is Black, was sodomized with a broomstick in the 70th Precinct station house? Two white police officers were convicted of carrying out the attack and four others were found guilty of lying about what happened.

Do you recall an incident that occurred two years into Giuliani's second term where an African immigrant named Amadou Diallo was shot 19 times in the vestibule of his Bronx home by four white police officers? The officers said they thought he was reaching for a gun. It turned out to be a wallet. Thousands protested at police headquarters, but Giuliani stood behind his officers, who were acquitted in February 2000.

It appears that Florida republicans will put a stake into the heart of the Giuliani presidential campaign. I'll be surprised if he stays in the race beyond this week. And, in my view, that is a good thing. It could just be me ... but, I think that there are many people of African descent who will have a large smile when we hear that Giuliani turns out to be one of the biggest failures in this national election cycle.

Rudy Giuliani failing as presidential candidate is karma for Louima and Diallo. Do you agree?

12 comments:

Mes Deux Cents said...

Villager,

America does not know this guy like New Yorkers know him. I remember him when he was a federal prosecutor.

He's a jerk, from way back!

I'm glad he's about to be knocked out of the race. I must admit though that I am surprised by his poor candidacy.

Something is up behind the scenes.

Villager said...

MDC - It may be as simple as ... Rudy's popularity drops once people get to know him ... beyond the 9/11 headlines. It seems that everywhere he campaigned (Iowa, New Hampshire, Florida)...his numbers dropped the more he talked with people.

He's just not a likable guy...

Woozie said...

Everybody in NYC hated Rudy Giuliani, and nobody remembers it after 9/11 because of that "America's Mayor" and "Time Magazine's Person of the Year" bull.

Rudy Giuliani's campaign is failing because he was so colossally stupid to skip the first six states. This kind of idiocy is the stuff of legend.

Villager said...

Woozie - Rudy has one (1) delegate. I wonder how many millions and how much time he wasted to get one (1) delegate?

Bohemian Hippie Chick said...

Using 9/11 as a stepping stone got him nowhere...well at least not to the white house.

I'm also glad that he's on his way out.

Villager said...

BHC - I wonder if he is hoping to be Attorney General in a McCain White House?

MrsGrapevine said...

He didn't even bother to campaign in any state except for Florida, how dumb is that? Yes, Florida holds a lot of delegates, but he's missed several opportunities to lay out his platform. By the time Florida rolled around, all three of the others candidates had a win under their belts.

Villager said...

Mrs. Grapevine - He got what he deserved. Karma!

msladydeborah said...

I had almost forgotten that he was running for office.

It would seem that the supporters of the GOP are not impressed with Rudy. He did not come out on top as he had planned in Florida.

Hopefully he will bow out and go sit down someplace. Oops~he can't really rest can he? Isn't there that matter between him and the NYFD around 9/11.

Villager said...

Lady D - He goes back to his consulting business and makes large money on the speaking circuit. However, I would not be surprised if he gets a promise from McCain for a cabinet position in exchange for his endorsement later today in California...

SheCodes said...

As a former New Yorker, I'm GLAD to see that jerk get kicked to the curb. He is a heartless and mean spirited man... and I'm glad that America finally sees him for what he really is: a small man pretending to be a hero.

Villager said...

SheCodes - I agree with you wholeheartedly. I simply called it karma.

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