Rudy Giuliani’s latest comments to the Weekly Standard might help underscore what a ridiculous candidate he is.
A liberal who had penned columns in his college paper extolling John Kennedy’s virtues, Giuliani opposed the Vietnam war and voted for George McGovern in the 1972 presidential election. “I had traditionally been a Democrat,” Giuliani told me in a recent interview in Las Vegas. “It was almost like a reflex mode. I actually remember saying to myself, ‘If I was a person really deciding who should be president right now, I’d probably vote for Nixon, because I think the country would be safer with Nixon.’ My concern was the Soviets, foreign policy, strong military.”
Whatever his concern, it was not enough to make Giuliani pull the lever for a Republican.
Now, by any reasonable measure, Giuliani sounds ridiculous. Giuliani could have said, “Yes, I was a liberal Democrat in 1972, but soon after saw the error of my ways. Like Ronald Reagan, I made the transition from Democrat to Republican and I’m glad I did.” That would have been a perfectly satisfactory answer, and very few voters would lift an eyebrow over how a candidate voted in an election 35 years ago.
But Giuliani chose a very different direction. He told the Weekly Standard that he voted for McGovern but he really thought Nixon was the better candidate. He knew Nixon would keep the nation “safer,” but he voted for McGovern anyway. Giuliani was in “reflex mode,” whatever the hell that means.
This is both amusing and pathetic at the same time.