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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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Giuliani's "revisionist history" of what happened is a travesty, and he is clearly trying to be a political opportunist right down to his statement that he wanted the Red Sox to win the World Series... New Hampshire Primary more important than his team allegiance. He'll do or say anything in order to be elected. Nobody needs a politician like that, certainly not in this day and age.

I hope that next season, when he arrives at the Yankee Stadium turnstiles to attend the season opener, the ticket taker looks at him and says, "I'm sorry. Your tickets have been revoked. Try Fenway Park."

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