Rudy Giuliani

McCain's surrogates are now raising questions about Barack Obama's past use of mind-altering substances. "God forbid somebody would do some reporting on Barack Obama's use of drugs," complained Rudy Giuliani on Fox News. Actually, the New York Times did just that back in February--and they discovered that Obama did fewer drugs than he said he did in his book. According to the Times investigators, Obama may have "added some writerly touches in his memoir to make the challenges he overcame seem more dramatic." That's right.

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The Sarah Palin biographical film, which wasn't shown last night thanks to Rudy Giuliani's longwinded unpleasantness, aired tonight instead and advertised her as "a remarkable woman who's never been afraid to put her city, state, or country first." The video's clear intent is to suggest that these are all the same thing, but of course they're not.

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Hiring Freeze

Is Rudy Giuliani really going with the imagine-you're-hiring-someone-for-a-job metaphor? The look-through-their-resumes gambit? If I'm not mistaken, Giuliani is the dude who touted this guy as Homeland Security chief.

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The idea of a Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton "unity ticket" has been floated quite a bit the last few days. But, seriously, is the idea any good? We asked a few friends of the magazine to weigh in. Here's Michael Tomasky, editor of Guardian America. A part of me has lately warmed somewhat to the idea of Barack Obama asking Hillary Clinton to join him as his running mate. But on balance I still think he can do better in both substantive and symbolic terms. The case for the unity ticket is pretty obvious and is implied in the adjective.

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In Philly today Obama had a minor tiff with some dolt trying to get his photo and autograph, apparently so he can sell them on eBay. Reminds me of the clown I saw in New Hampshire last winter at Rudy Giuliani events. He would show up early to get prime position near the candidate, carrying a backpack filled with September 11 memorabilia--including glossy posters of the World Trade Center--and get Rudy to sign his stuff with a fancy silver autograph pens. That he was cashing in on 9/11 made the guy doubly disgusting, of course.

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  Ok, it can't help but make me sound like a conspiracy theorist, but the fact that John McCain's victory speech was staged in front of a huge banner announcing the fact that he won '1191 delegates' can't help but recall Rudy Giuliani and his denial of death strategy. P.S. Let's be honest, invoking 9/11 is becoming this century's waving the bloody shirt.

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My Little Phony

Jonathan Chait defends Mitt Romney.

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Win or lose tonight, the McCain camp was hoping at least to win over the support of Rudy Giuliani, who appears to be competing with McCain for the same, more-moderate pool of voters. Now, with exit poll numbers apparently showing that Giuliani drew only about half of the vote McCain and Romney received in the state he had conceded was a must-win for him, McCain’s people say they are looking for ways to finesse a quick endorsement. Such a thing would not be unexpected, in the Everybody-Hates-Mitt GOP field. A bigger question is when, McCain insiders say privately.

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Giuliani Death Watch

The great tragedy of Rudy Giuliani's precipitous decline is that The New York Times will at some point be forced to stop writing the exact same story about his campaign. In the last 5 days alone, we have read, courtesy of the Times: --Giuliani Finds Snowbird Friends in Florida, But Is He Winning Over Voters? --Hopes Pinned on Florida, Giuliani Sees Tough Week  --Less of a Draw, A Subdued Giuliani Stays Upbeat  None of these pieces, though admittedly fun, were as amusing as Dana Milbank's pre-mortem in The Washington Post today.

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I'm in Miami for the weekend, and today I swung by Little Havana to catch Rudy Giuliani's appearance in the neighborhood's traditional Three Kings parade.  As most readers will know, Rudy has increasingly banked everything on a longshot strategy of winning Florida's January 29 Republican primary and turning that momentum into a February 5 romp. So he's been spending more and more time down here. From along the parade route, it was hard to guage too much about how the almost entirely Hispanic crowd here recieved him, although people seemed generally enthusiastic.

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