Originally Posted by Mom of Franz
NY voters, as a majority are not ashamed of their choice of Hillary Rodham Clinton
as our senator. Robert Kennedy did the same thing as Hillary. NYC is the melting pot of the world, we accept all. At least the majority feel this way. Rudy became a "good mayor" ony after September 11th. He did do some good things prior, but he was very devisive, for most of his tenure.
I'm a registered democrat & voted for Giuliani twice. He was the best mayor NYC had since LaGuardia, especially following David Dinkins, the worst mayor I can remember. "Little" things like an unbelievable drop in the crime rate and improvement of quality of life issues were important to me, and the crime drop in NYC was at a rate greater than that which occured in other parts of the US. Giuliani endorsed Cuomo for Governor during his first term, because he took the view that he would be a better governor for NYC, which was true, despite the political implications for himself. (Regretfully, Pataki won). When he and his wife split up, he moved in with two good friends of his, a high profile gay male couple, not exactly the action of a redneck.
Most of his issues came from interractions with minorities over specific events, and I believe much of that was stoked by minority politicians for their own purpose. It doesn't trouble me that he didn't want to make nice with Al Sharpton.
History will remember him for his 9-11 actions appropriately, since I believe that he alone prevented mass hysteria from hitting NYC if not the country. In a way however, his successes surrounding 9-11 are the reason why he would not
make a good president. I heard some commentator, not a conservative one by the way, describe Giuliani as the ultimate Alpha male, who in a way was born to respond to something like 9-11, in that the worse things got, the more focused he became. The American Presidency requires some one adept at the political process, because you don't get to do what you want to do without building a concensus with Congress. I don't see Giuliani working well within that type of structure, which is not the way NYC government works.
If I was to pick a living politician, I'd bring back Mr. Clinton. For a deceased one, I think the 3 greatest presidents that the US has had were George Washington, Lincoln & FDR, with Lincoln probably truly being the greatest. I still cannot read the Gettysburg Address w/o getting goose bumps. But the world today is not the world he lived in. I think I'd bring back FDR in that case.
I find it interesting that people think it is important that Mr. Bush is a devote Christian. Every
US president has been a Christian, so I'm not sure what that means. I remember as a kid the discussions about JFK potentially being controlled by the Pope, as part of the anti-Catholicism that was popular at the time. Now they are writing articles abt John Kerry not being a conservative Catholic, and how that might cause problems for him with conservative Catholic voters. All that says to me is that religion should not be involved in elections.