In the wake of 9/11, Rudy Giuliani became “America’s Mayor” for the way that he handled the response to the terror attack. However, in the years since, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been taking the charge to make New York safer. The International Association of Fire Fighters put out an 11-minute DVD with interviews of FireFighters and first responders who blame Giuliani for not implementing providing New York City emergency responders with the tools they need to do their jobs safely while he was mayor. They have taken Giuliani’s biggest strength, his response to 9/11 and turned it into his biggest failure. This is what Karl Rove calls political jiu-jitsu and what the “Swift boat Veterans for Truth” did to John Kerry in 2004. They turned his military service (the issue that won him the Democratic nomination) and turned it to his biggest weakness.
To his credit Giuliani is fighting these charges, which Kerry did not.*
*Bob Schrum who headed up Kerry’s presidential election, and told Kerry not to combat the Swift Boat attacks, said yesterday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that it was the bin-Laden video aired on October 31, 2004 that lost Kerry the election. Way to go Bob.
MR. NOVAK: I think he has a deaf ear when it comes to Republicans. I’ve felt that for a long time. I still would like to see him win a Republican primary. You know these polls are great, Bob, but winning in New Hampshire, winning in Iowa, as you say, is going to be difficult. I would say this. When he talks about a swift boat campaign, you know, for, for Republicans a swift boat was a very good thing. Kept John Kerry from being president. So, I mean, the idea of…
MR. SHRUM: I’m not sure that’s what happened. I think Osama bin Laden did that.
MR. NOVAK: The, the—well…
MR. SHRUM: With his tape.
Here’s the IAFF video