The blessed quietude of Rudolph Giuliani after his drubbing in last year’s Republican primaries has come to an end, apparently. He spoke last night at the New York GOP’s Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner — yes, they added the Gipper to the traditional title, maybe to propitiate Republicans that are not content to be represented by a man who freed the slaves — where the former Mayor expectedly attacked the Democratic leadership and called for a “Reagan reorganization” of the state’s finances, explaining, “He cut spending. He made government efficient.”
Many Republicans now think the Mayor, who governed the city during a Clintonite boom, is just the man to bring Reaganite governance to the state during a depression. His fans include the loathsome Newt Gingrich.
This is just a way to get the national Republican organization to talk about him again and maybe send money. That’s why he still insists that opposing gay marriage is a winning strategy in New York state — even though yesterday’s Siena poll shows a majority of New Yorkers backing it, and even some conservatives find his anti-gay conversion counterproductive. Having reversed his traditional anti-gun stance to run for the GOP Presidential nomination, only to lose humiliatingly anyway, he would almost certainly back off the anti-gay talk in a real race. But right now he has to stroke the rubes. And why not? It’s not as if he had any real principles.