Saturday, September 22, 2007


Hail, Lurid Gun Pol

Has there ever been a more craven instance of opportunistic political pandering than this?
Rudolph W. Giuliani yesterday sought to persuade members of the National Rifle Association to look past his lengthy record of pushing for tougher gun control by saying that his views on this issue had been changed by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The attacks on New York and the Pentagon put "a whole different emphasis on the things America needs to do to protect itself, and maybe even a renewed emphasis on the Second Amendment," Giuliani told the roughly 500 NRA members gathered at a Washington hotel.

This caps off a pretty impressive week for Giuliani, with courageous stances against right-wing bugbear and against a proposed visit to ground zero by the neocons' favorite nut-of-the-moment, Iranian president Ahmadinejad.

Rudy's well-known (to New Yorkers, at least) bizarre side also came to the fore as he ostentatiously answered his cell-phone during his NRA speech and cooed "I love you" to his wife, a transparent ploy clearly designed to make him seem like a human being with actual emotions. But what does it say about your humanity when you're reduced to these sorts of pathetic tactics, or when you're convinced that anyone will buy it? As for anyone who votes for this guy for president, they can't say they weren't warned.

(believe it or not, the title is actually an anagram for "Rudolph Giuliani". I shit you not. A major tip of the chapeau to the always reliable internet anagram server!)

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