Even members of Mr. Giuliani’s own staff are appalled at how he handled the incident in which he answered a phone call from his wife, Judith, right in the middle of a nationally televised speech to the National Rifle Association.
[…] I’ve been told of many other incidents, from a California fund-raiser to a Florida speech to a gathering with top donors at Bear Stearns in New York. At the Bear Stearns meeting, Mr. Giuliani took a call from his wife and then noting the strained faces of his supporters, he sheepishly tried a joke. “I’ve been married three times,” he explained. “I can’t afford to lose another one. I’m sure you understand.” (Mr. Giuliani’s media office didn’t return a call I made to them on Friday afternoon.)
That last part should play well with conservative Christians. It is hard to describe how much I look forward to watching Rudy Giuliani sabotage his campaign with arrogant little gestures like this. The New York mayor’s hubristic nature runs too deep to ever change, making it likely that by the RNC ’08 convention America will feel about as sick of him as most New Yorkers became by 2001. He’s so personally unlikable that it doesn’t even feel like going out on a limb to predict that the GOP will secretly pay people to fill seats at the nominating convention.
On the downside, if Giuliani self-destructs too soon he could put the race within reach of a real candidate like Huckabee. Go Rudy go.