The world is getting a lot of mixed messages today about the possibility of a Rudy Giuliani presidential run. This morning, we pointed you toward a report in the New York Post‘s Page Six indicating that Giuliani may very well be putting out feelers to a team of potential advisers and that he’s even “confident that he’d have a chance to win.” CBS has since confirmed Page Six’s initially dubious report, but on Morning Joe this morning Giuliani said, “I haven’t rounded up my political advisers. Of course, I keep it in the back of my mind.” This has always been his problem though, this whole noncommittal thing.
Back in 2008, it was the waiting until Florida strategy. Giuliani basically skipped all of the early primaries, counting on old Jews in the Sunshine State, and he ended up embarrassed. (And not president.) Granted, it’s only January of 2011, but if Rudy’s going to play the “Maybe, We’ll See” game he’s going to lose again. Actually, he’s going to lose anyway, but it would do those of us who use U.S. politics as entertainment — like professional wrestling — a lot of good if he would just feign confidence.
Granted, confidence is hard to come by when no one believes in you. The initial Page Six report had quotes like this:
“They think this is crazy,” a source said. “They realize how long the odds are, but they are standing by.”
“Nobody is paying $100,000 to hear the same warmed-over 9/11 speech. His speaking fees have dropped as well as his consulting fees,” a source told us.
But we here at the Voice believe in you, Rudy. We believe you can embarrass New York City in the same way you always have, with your toothy arrogance and uncomfortable temper and slippery morals. Both as members of the media and as New Yorkers, we love a good shit show.
And though CBS reports that the 9/11 Mayor has “learned from his mistakes… and will retool his strategy, beginning with a strong start in the early primary state of New Hampshire,” that’s obviously not going to work. Meanwhile, the Awl supports a Giuliani run noting that “[h]e brings a major benefit to any serious political moment: the principle of chaos. His proximity to any political race, in fact, brings a mad destabilizing power.” Can’t argue with that, but we’re in solely for the schadenfreude.
So do it, Rudy. We love a good scumbag and you’re the best we’ve got. Being collectively pissed is a rush that’s best in big cities and no one can pull it off like NYC. Even in a mess of morons like Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin, you’re bound to screw it up in a way that gets the streets buzzing, like when one of our teams starts creeping late into the playoffs. (Go Jets.) Public idiocy is a unifying force and we can always use some of that. So really, try it, pal. We dare you.