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How serious is Rudy Giuliani about 2012? According to Maggie Haberman, he’s going to New Hampshire next month. There’s only one reason anyone goes to New Hampshire: He wants the Republican nomination for president.
Giuliani, the former New York mayor and noted “Nasty Man,” already ran for for president in 2008. Oddly, he found that GOP primary voters didn’t much care for a twice-divorced cross-dressing New Yorker who used to be friends with gay people. After his brilliant campaign strategy of not campaigning and then losing Florida failed, he skulked back into the shadows, waiting for the day when America needed a hero.
Now, there’s an Obama administration to call “soft on terror,” and he’s on Fox practically hourly reestablishing his fear-mongering credentials. He’s turned against his former gay friends. He’s the official Republican authority on national security, because some terrorists once blew up his office. He keeps flirting with Senate and gubernatorial runs (though he couldn’t win a statewide election in New York to save his life), and though his friends tell Haberman that he probably won’t run for president again (he’s supposedly just in it for a Cabinet post) the man has the heart of a tyrant. He’ll be up there with Mitt and Huck and Ron Paul in 2012. Only to fail, disastrously and hilariously, yet again.
Rudy’s star was once so bright in the Republican establishment that his good friend and police commissioner Bernie Kerik was appointed to a high-level position in the post-invasion Iraqi occupying government, and then nominated for secretary of Homeland Security — all despite the fact that he is and always was a lying, mobbed-up, amoral scumbag.
Kerik is headed to federal prison today, for tax fraud and “lying to White House officials.” Assuming good behavior, he might get out in time for President Giuliani’s inauguration.
Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @pareeneMore Alex Pareene.
Like little stars.
World's best pie apple. Essential for Tarte Tatin. Has five prominent ribs.
So pretty. So early. So ephemeral. Tastes like strawberry candy (slightly).
My personal fave. Ultra-crisp. Graham cracker flavor. Should be famous. Isn't.
High flavored with notes of blood orange and allspice. Very rare.
Jefferson's favorite. The best all-purpose American apple.
New Hampshire's native son has a grizzled appearance and a strangely addictive curry flavor. Very, very rare.
Makes the best hard cider in America. Soon to be famous.
Freak seedling found in an Oregon field in the '60s has pink flesh and a fragrant strawberry snap. Makes a killer rose cider.
Ben Franklin's favorite. Queen Victoria's favorite. Only apple native to NYC.
Really does taste like pineapple.