Saturday, April 14, 2007

The Pre-9/11 Rudy

Michael Tomasky, the editor at large of the American Prospect who covered Rudy for 15 years, digs up the infamous quote from 2000 in which the mayor informed his estranged wife—through the press—that he was divorcing her:

For quite some time, it's probably been apparent that Donna and I lead, in many ways, independent and separate lives. It's been a very painful road, and I'm hopeful that we'll be able to formalize that in an agreement that protects our children.

Tomasky's conclusion:

The Rudy of that date should give . . . everyone, reason to stop and think about the great hero's moral architecture. . . . [W]ant to know what life with Rudy is really like? Well . . . just ask Donna.

On the other hand, Deroy Murdock has argued that Rudy's toughness is the antidote to the Bush administration's congressional spinelessness.