After an unusually rough week, Rudy Giuliani has apparently decided he can help get his campaign back on track by focusing on his economic beliefs. The former mayor has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, though it doesn’t take too long to start noticing its flaws. Here’s the first paragraph:
With economic uncertainty weighing on the minds of many Americans, Congress is preparing to recess after another year of profligate spending, protectionist talk and promises of higher taxes. No wonder some people feel like we’re moving in the wrong direction. But I’m optimistic as I look to the future. It’s not our country that’s moving in the wrong direction — it’s Congress, and Washington’s culture of wasteful spending.
Yes, Rudy Giuliani apparently considers himself an authority on wasteful spending. It’s an odd choice for him to make right now. After all, we’ve learned over the last several days that the former mayor spent quite a few tax dollars on security details for his wife and mistress simultaneously, spent quite a few more to allow his mistress to use the NYPD as a cab- and dog-walking service, and then hid the costs in the budgets of obscure mayoral offices, apparently hoping no one would notice.
Time for a new campaign pitch, Rudy. Talking up "fiscal conservatism" at this point is just silly.