In Tech Central Station, Philip Klein compares Rudy Giuliani’s handling of 9/11 with his counterpart’s efforts in the Big Easy last week, and concludes:
Given the events of the early part of this decade, there is a strong likelihood that whoever succeeds President Bush will face at least one national crisis. Handicappers of the 2008 election have been debating whether conservatives would ever allow the Republican Party to nominate Giuliani as their presidential candidate, because he holds liberal views on abortion and gay rights.
But in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, even the most ardent social conservatives should examine whether in the hierarchy of issues it is more important to choose a leader who would best be able to respond to an event such as a biological attack, which would require split-second decision making to save lives. There is simply no politician in the nation who has proven to be a better leader in times of crisis than Giuliani. That’s why America needs him.
A lot can happen over the next three years. But right now, the job is his if he wants it.
Update: It’s Giuliani-A-Go-Go at Patrick Ruffini’s! His Guiliani Wire is one stop shopping for all things Rudy.