Rudy Can't Fail

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Seriously, he can't. After his Wile E. Coyote-worthy faceplant in the primaries—$60 million in fundraising for half as many votes as Ron Paul and zero delegates—America's Mayor is giving the GOP convention keynote.

Giuliani was close to McCain before they faced off in the GOP primary and, after his disappointing third-place finish in Florida, the former New York mayor quickly threw his support to McCain. 

Since then he's been a frequent surrogate for McCain but has received no mention as a veep prospect. The keynote slot offers Giuliani, who is said to be considering a New York gubernatorial run in 2010, a high-profile opportunity to reestablish himself and tout McCain's national security credentials.

Don't call it a comeback, he's been here for years. "Here" being "in the pro-choice ghetto of the GOP, trotted out for parties and then trundled back into his northeastern cave."

This news wouldn't be so interesting if it wasn't that the other people responsible for Giuliani's partial-birth abortion of a campaign were also falling upwards. His communications director?

Maria Comella, a former campaign spokeswoman for Giuliani, will serve as press secretary for John McCain's vice presidential pick — whomever that turns out to be.

A tireless worker, Comella had the mostly thankless job of tending to the daily wants and needs of the Giuliani travelling press corp.

She also earned her stripes in Rudyland — where loyalty is prized above all else — by sticking around to help Giuliani even after he dropped out of the race.

His campaign manager?

ABC News has learned that Sen. John McCain's campaign has hired Mike DuHaime as political director, the first new hire by Steve Schmidt in his capacity as the person in charge of day-to-day campaign operations. … DuHaime most recently managed the failed presidential campaign of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. DuHaime brings years of experience, organizing on behalf of Republicans at the state and local level, to the job.

Is this the Kevin Costner principle at work? Are political operators who've eaten dirt and woken up in ditches more loyal than the smug types whose campaigns didn't go all Hindenburg?

My ill-fated profile of the 9/11-centric GOP's never-dimming star is here.

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  1. I’m expecting his campaign slogan to be something similiar to “9/11 . . . 9/11 . . . 9/11 . . . I was mayor of NYC when 9/11 happened . . . 9/11”.

  2. He’s America’s Mayor, Dave. His star shall never fade.

  3. Rudy and Hillary both tried to run as centrists and both failed.

    I think a Rudy pick for Veep is likely, though. He and McCain were very friendly right from the beginning of the primaries.

  4. It was over for Giuliani when Mo Rivera and the Yanks blew game 7 of the 2001 World Series.

  5. Why does Rudy get national security cred for letting 2 jumbojets crash into the world trade center on his watch? Must be the same process that makes lawmakers look tough on crime by making everything illegal. I hate that process.

  6. Epi,

    The hell he is! That’s Marion Barry. He’s as dysfunctional as the rest of us and doesn’t hide it.

  7. My God, not Rudy. Not in God’s very own party.

    Somebody think of the fucking embryos for once, will you?

  8. “I think a Rudy pick for Veep is likely, though. ”

    That’d be a sure fire way to throw the election.

  9. If Rudy is McCain’s veep, I’ll go ahead and start buying storable food, shotguns, etc.

  10. Nigel, its not happening.

    The GOP will have a pro-choice candidate on the ticket when assholes grow teeth. Its like expecting the Democrats to nominate someone with an “A” rating from the NRA.

  11. Why does Rudy get national security cred for letting 2 jumbojets crash into the world trade center on his watch?

    He gets the cred for putting his ass on the scene(and on camera) ASAP.The same reason a mayor riding in a snow plow at 5am after a blizzard gets cred.

    I don’t think it is wholly symbolic either.
    When the chief is off his ass and out of the office during a crisis the lower level bureaucrats think they better be too.
    It minimizes inertia and indifference.

  12. Nigel,

    Make sure to get plenty of those white, heavy-duty 5 gallon buckets with lids. Everybody always forgets about making sure to have a place to take a dump.

  13. Giuliani? Loser. No way McCain picks him.

  14. You’re pretty hardcore about the VP spot, Nigel.

  15. At least spell his last name right.

    It’s Giulia911.

  16. Naga: It’s not because I think Giuliani will do anything, it’s because it shows that McCain is a straight-up moron. Obama’s completely unpredictable, so it would mean we’re bound for disaster.

  17. “Why does Rudy get national security cred for letting 2 jumbojets crash into the world trade center on his watch?”

    In the same fashion that McCain gets cred for intercepting a SAM missile?.

  18. “a SAM missile.”

  19. Yeah, redundant?.***shrug***

  20. Nigel,

    You worried about letting Giuliani be one bullet away from the Presidents seat? Relax. If no one got GWB then I know McCain will be allright.

  21. Naga, no, I’m worried about the implications of McCain’s intelligence/sanity/senility.

  22. What is wrong with a SAM missile ?

  23. Given the proximity in time to September 11, it’s not a surprise that Giuliani will be allowed to do his shtick. . .then slink away to do whatever he does when he’s not losing elections.

    Now if Giuliani shows up at the convention with a hog-tied bin Laden at his feet, well, maybe I’ll reassess my opinion of him.

  24. He gets the cred for putting his ass on the scene(and on camera) ASAP.The same reason a mayor riding in a snow plow at 5am after a blizzard gets cred.

    He had to put his ass on the scene because the command center from which he was supposed to oversee the disaster and guide the response within was in WTC 7, which was well on its way to falling down while the event was happening. Moreover, this was his fault; advisors told him that it would be better to build farther from likely targets to ensure that the facility would be secure in the event of a disaster, but he overruled them. Wanted it to be right near City Hall. It’s funny, but if he had been a better Mayor, he wouldn’t have nearly the amount of credit among the rest of the country that he has for being a supposedly great Mayor.

  25. America’s Mayor is giving the GOP convention keynote.

    This is the equivalent of the Republican Party trying to discretely squeeze out a fart. I predict that they’ll accidentally shit their shorts in Minneapolis instead.

  26. The GOP will have a pro-choice candidate on the ticket when assholes grow teeth.

    Obviously you haven’t seen my asshole the day after I’ve eaten a mean bowl of chili.

  27. What is wrong with a SAM missile?

    Besides the redundancy?

  28. Sorry for the run of scatological theme… but this is a thread about Giuliani.

  29. Sorry for the run of scatological theme… but this is a thread about Giuliani.

    No problem. We already knew he was full of crap.

  30. Its like expecting the Democrats to nominate someone with an “A” rating from the NRA.

    They almost did with Howard Dean. That would’ve been an odd campaign. The Dem with a better NRA rating than the Rep.

    If no one got GWB then I know McCain will be allright.

    Are you sure?
    Signed, God

  31. So does this mean that McCain is going to spend all his time campaigning in Florida?

  32. “So does this mean that McCain is going to spend all his time campaigning in Florida?”

    Hopefully?.and maybe impart some of his aeronautical knowledge on a certain kite-surfer?..

  33. Gag me with a spoon! An unprincipled lightweight with hyper-interventionist foreign policy advocacies…Gimme back my party!

    Rudy got half as many votes as Ron Paul…

    Yea!

    …and zero delegates.

    Ha ha!

    And my party is also gonna let the senator with the least redeeming positions, Joe Lieberman, speak at the convention. He’s a big spending, big government liberal Democrat who supports the tragic Iraq war and other reckless, needless, interventions in the mideast.

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