I'm so very proud of Rudy Giuliani, who, through discovered empathy for Chris Christie, found it in his heart yesterday to pooh-pooh the media's fixations (pace John Podhorshetz's fixation) on President Obama's IRS scandal, among throngs of others:
[T]he reality is you miss a lot of things when you're running a government that's as complicated as New Jersey, New York, or the United States. This has happened to many presidents, many governors, many mayors. It's happened to the present president at three or four times where he said, "I didn't know." And then the press says, "Gosh, how could he not have known?"
My foregoing interpretation of Giuliani's verbal fidgeting is, if I may be so direct, the only reasonable interpretation there is. In excusing what he claimed was Christie's lofty ignorance of any wrongdoing, Giuliani, being suddenly a "both sides" fidgeter in a desperate fix, found himself compelled to effectively excuse Obama's even loftier "ignorance," too. Trickle-down forgiveness, you might say.
When I heard Giuliani say that yesterday on "This Week," my immediate reaction was: Whoa, Rudy's Obama-obsessed pals on the right can't be pleased to hear him so casually dismiss all of their beautifully concocted Obamian scandals as mere, inevitable products of high and complicated office. And, again, let's be clear. That is precisely what Rudy had just done.
Indeed had I been sitting in the inexpressibly clueless Martha Raddatz's chair, I would have put to Rudy Giuliani my astonishment at his having just dismissed years of the right's meticulously cultivated scandal hysteria.
I hoped, her cluelessness notwithstanding, that Raddatz would indulge my astonishment by following up and actually asking Giuliani about this. Alas, she moved on.