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The Bodyguard
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"I think the same is the case with Rudy [Giuliani]. Yes, Podhoretz and Pipes and Rubin and the rest of them are nuts. But it's no accident he's gravitating toward them and vice versa. He has a deeply authoritarian personality. And his approach to governing is heavy on bullying and what in domestic affairs amount to appeals to force. Soften the words a bit and I think even his fans would agree to that description as the root of his success. " --Josh Marshall, TPM

April 16, 2005. I'm at my usual table at De La Concha, a cigar store and smoking lounge, on Sixth Avenue near 57th Street, New York City. Rudy, the ex-mayor, comes in, goes to the counter to order some smokes. I get out my Nikon and ask him if it's okay if I take his picture. He nods, and poses with a smile. I get off three shots.

"Okay, that's enough," Rudy says. His smile has vanished, he is serious. I lower the camera, and he departs.

Five minutes later the counter clerk tells me that Rudy's bodyguard--a stocky, tough-looking woman--was about to take me down when I approached the ex-mayor. But the clerk stopped her. "Hey, this guy John is okay," he said. "He's a regular here."

There's the grim, eagle-eyed bodyguard, blurred, to Rudy's right.


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Re: John Edwards: Giuliani would be George Bush on steroids.

Thanks! No, I'm still here in Italy but have been feeling nostalgia lately for the city that never sleeps. My home town!

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