It’s always a pleasure to observe a left-wing, liberal-spouting emissary from CBS stepping on his own you-know-what. Such is the case today in The Washington Post and an article by CBS correspondent Andrew Kirtzman titled, “Revealing the Total Giuliani.”

The purpose of the piece, of course, was to trash Giuliani and diminish his chances as a presidential candidate, although he is the current front-runner and draws enthusiastic crowds wherever he goes. Kirtzman, to his discredit, uses the “yes but” approach in his screed on the former New York mayor. Yes, Giuliani has many exceptional accomplishments, but…and then Kirtzman brings up something like Giuliani’s marriage failures or his arrogant, take charge personality.

But what Kirtzman doesn’t realize is that the “yes” attributes of Giuliani far outweigh the “but” aspects. For example, Kirtzman cites the former mayor’s headstrong attitude. But then he also makes reference to Giuliani’s accomplishments in “smashing the status quo (in New York City) that had long accepted billion-dollar deficits, deteriorating services, and exploding welfare rolls.” He also unintentionally credits Giuliani with turning around a city that was “filthy, crime-ridden, and politically dysfunctional.”

According to The Boston Herald, on Giuliani’s watch, crime went down 56 percent, homicides 66 percent, and the number of persons on welfare 58 percent. Of course, Giuliani is best remembered, the Herald continues, as the hero of 9/11, emerging from the ashes of that dreadful day “like a latter-day Churchill rising from the ruins of London.”

Kirtzman manages to shoot himself in the other foot by citing Giuliani’s “overriding need for control.” And how did that control manifest itself? By stripping many city agencies of their misused power and centralizing them in his office. New York’s lamentable school system was a case in point, as was a police department disinclined to act to rid the streets of Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant of thugs and guns. Under Giuliani’s watch the city became a much more civilized area. Not only did the number of guns and the incidents of crime decrease, so did “panhandling, public urination, and car theft,” in Kirtzman’s own words. And, as might be expected, businesses expanded and minority communities thrived.

At this point one has to admit that CBS, through one of its television correspondents, has clearly failed to make its point that Giuliani is not well qualified to occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In fact, it is Giuliani’s gift for identifying what needs to be done, and then carrying out that challenge with strength and confidence, that gives him those esteemed Truman-like qualities so lacking in today’s field of aspiring candidates to succeed George Bush.

During 9/11, admits Kirtzman, Giuliani “was both field commander and father figure, leading and comforting a public scared out of its wits. With each passing day, he seemed to draw increasing strength from the role history had cast for him.” Until someone else comes along with a similar image of courage, strength in the face of suffering, and personal leadership, Rudy Giuliani remains the dominant force in the race for the White House.

– Chase.Hamil

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