Rudy Giuliani

Bloom-Bama? [Gawker]: "Barack Obama is in town, and early this morning he broke bread with Mayor Bloomberg! Everyone is very, very excited! What could this possibly indicate? A potential Obamaloomberg ticket?"  GOPinocchio [Greg Sargent, The Horse's Mouth]"[T]oday The New York Times has come through in a big way, delivering an epic, front-page fact-check of the multiple falsehoods that have been tumbling forth from Rudy since the beginning of Campaign 2008.

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Yglesias cracks that, with Rudy Giuliani fending off another unpleasant extramarita-affair story, "Looks like it's time to say '9/11!' some more." For what it's worth, I've seen  Giuliani on the trail numerous times this fall, and, all things considered, he makes surprisingly few 9/11 references. Rudy certainly talks about "Islamic terrorism" and Democratic "weakness" on security and so forth, but I can't recall a time when he talked about his role on the day itself.

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Bawk! Bawk!

I remember thinking that Noam was wrong to accuse Rudy Giuliani of "chicken[ing] out" in his aborted 2000 Senate campaign against Hillary Clinton. After all, Rudy dropped out of the race after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Is that the same thing as chickening out? Well, maybe it is. From today's NYT article on the Senate race that wasn't: In announcing his withdrawal from the race to succeed Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a Democrat, Mr. Giuliani said he wanted to turn his attention to fighting his cancer.

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Florida Numbers

There's an interesting new poll of Florida Republicans, and as far as I can tell it pretty much exposes Rudy Giuliani's primary strategy as completely misguided. Rudy Giuliani continues to lead the Republican Presidential Primary in Florida with 27% support. That’s little changed from the 29% support he enjoyed in September. But, there are plenty of other changes including good news for Mitt Romney and bad news for Fred Thompson. Through it all, the frontrunning Giuliani now has a nine-point lead, up from six points in September. Romney has moved into second place with 19% support.

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Creative Destruction

The best case against universal health care.

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More than a decade ago, Michael Kinsley, the journalist and former editor of this magazine, developed Parkinson's disease--a degenerative condition that impairs motor and speech control, producing tremors, rigidity, and eventually severe disability. While the standard regimen of medications helped, he knew that his symptoms were bound to get steadily worse with time. He needed something better--something innovative--before the disease really progressed. In 2006, he got it at the famed Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. The treatment Mike received is called Deep Brain Stimulation, or DBS for short.

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For all the attention Rudy Giuliani got with that Pat Robertson endorsement earlier this week, the numbers increasingly suggest Romney is going to be the GOP nominee.

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Unholy Alliance: [Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Dish]: “A reader reminds me of Rudy Giuliani's utter disgust at the notion proffered by Ron Paul in a Republican debate that 9/11 may have had some explanatory roots in the foreign policy of the US for the past fifty years. So how does Giuliani stand and proudly accept the endorsement of a man who said that Americans were actually responsible for 9/11 - because of their alleged immorality? If you were appalled by Ron Paul's explicatory analysis, wouldn't you be even more enraged by Robertson's causal analysis?

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To recap: Rudy Giuliani has now argued that his tenure as Mayor of the Universe New York City gives him better foreign policy credentials than Joe Biden, a keener understanding of torture than John McCain, more experience at Ground Zero than the actual recovery workers, and a unique ability to secure the nation's borders against illegal immigrants. At least now his contention that his wife is a bioterror expert thanks to her nursing background seems a little less out of left field. For more TNR, become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

As Mike notes over at the Stump, Rudy Giuliani's spokeswoman has declared him an "intellectually engaged human being." The evidence: He read an article published by one of his own advisers in the conservative City Journal, claiming that the five-year survival rate for prostate cancer (of which Giuliani is himself a survivor) is just 44 percent in England, compared to 82 percent in the United States.

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