The New York Daily News has conducted a poll in which it asked New Yorkers who they thought was a better mayor and a better potential president — current Mayor Michael Bloomberg or former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
The results? Bloomberg in a landslide. For both.
Who is/was a better mayor — Bloomberg 56%, Giuliani 29%.
Who would make a better president — Bloomberg 46%, Giuliani 29%.
Now I know that New York is a heavily Democratic city, but if America’s love affair with Rudy Giuliani is based on the fact that he “protected us” or “showed us strength” on 9/11, what does it say if the people who needed protection most, and who needed to see strength the most, don’t like the man? Shouldn’t it be a requirement if running for office that the last people you governed are satisfied with your performance?
Update: Yes, I know Bloomberg is technically a Republican, but he was a life-long Democrat before he ran and is about as liberal as any “Republican” can be. He’s well-liked across party lines because of his effectiveness. That’s why I once called him post-partisan.