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Rudy Giuliani—A Throwback To The Cold War And To The Archie Bunker/George Jefferson Days Of Race Relations

A recent Newsweek profile of Rudy Giuliani begins its analysis in the right place.

The profile starts with Mr. Giuliani at an unruly rally of mostly white New York City police in 1992. Many of the officers were drunk and some were shouting racial slurs about then New York City Mayor David Dinkins. Some police officers jumped up and down on cars.

At issue was a demand for a new collective-bargaining agreement, opposition to the establishment of a civilian review board for police and a denial by Mayor Dinkins of a request to allow patrolmen to have 9mm guns.

Mr. Giuliani, who would be elected Mayor the next year against Mr. Dinkins, made a profanity-laced speech to the cops that was harshly critical of Mr. Dinkins. Mayor Dinkins later said that Mr. Giuliani was trying to get “white cops to riot.”  

As Mayor of New York, the Giuliani administration was known for aggressive tactics in policing black sections of New York. This led to, along with many other factors, lower rates of crime in these areas. It also led to incidents of police brutality and to much distrust of Mr. Giuliani among black New Yorkers.

Mr. Giluani’s platform for his Mayoral bid was based upon his his time as a high-ranking Justice Department official in the Reagan Administration and as United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Mr. Giulani’s case for the Presidency is based in good degree on the over-hyped claim of claim of leadership after the September 11 attacks and the assertion that this experience makes Mr. Giuliani uniquely able to deal with terror threats. Mr. Giuliani also often talks about shifting people off welfare in New York and his crime fighting as Mayor.   

This law-and-order, tough-on-blacks, tough-on-welfare, national security strategy strikes me as a throwback to a George Wallace or Richard Nixon Southern Strategy campaign.

Mr. Giuliani can’t appeal to the Republican base as a religious conservative. And the Soviets are gone. But he can still take us back to Archie Bunker/George Jefferson days of racial argument and division under the shadow of a threat to our mortal safety. 

Mr. Giuliani is a retro-candidate. He still lives in the old neighborhood in the good old days of clear divisions between America and the Soviet Union before the New York Yankees finally integrated the team. Is it any surprise Mr. Giuliani rooted for the Yankees of Mickey Mantle and Billy Martin instead of the Brooklyn Dodgers of Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella?   

Mr. Giuliani shows again that Republicans and conservatives often seem to need an enemy to oppose and demonize instead of a goal of progress and justice to work together for and achieve.

December 4, 2007 - Posted by | Campaign 2008, Politics, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. he is no doubt the strangest republican out there. i like the fact that he supports abortion for the most part and likes to dress as a woman. lets face it they are all devils holding bibles. mccain has voiced his word against torture no doubt speaking from past life. rommey is a spooky morman. fred thompson was not even a good actor. the republicans know its bad when bush looks better than the current lot of idiots. ron paul would be my choice if there were no choices left dennis kucinich as vp they would make the perfect pair, two realist that want no bullshit goverment. i think hillary should get paris hilton to be her v.p.

    Comment by bill brady | December 4, 2007

  2. Like Mr. Brady, I have thought of a Paul-Kucinich ticket as I continue to assess the distressing array of candidates before us, certainly more so on the Republican than the Democrat side, but none of them are fully pleasing.

    Thank you for your noting of the presumed difference between people who supported the Yankees of Mantle and Martin vs. the Dodgers of Robinson and Campanella. Being one of the latter who actually saw them in Ebbets Field, I couldn’t agree more.

    Comment by Newton | December 5, 2007

  3. A quick look at The Innocence Project Web site, including the Q&A, didn’t yield an answer. Someone at the UC School of Law, which is very much involved in Ohio, might know the answer for Ohio and/or nationally.

    Comment by Newton | December 6, 2007

  4. Whoops, comment on wrong post. Will redo.

    Comment by Newton | December 6, 2007

  5. Sound like you are a bigot. He is no racist. He is a man with big brass ones not afraid of doing what is right.

    Comment by Davis | December 13, 2007

  6. Why do people eqaute “big brass ones” with courage? Maybe with the ability to do dumb-assed hyper-machothings on a regular basis more so than courage.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | December 13, 2007


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