Posted by: Tony Carson | 14 October, 2007

Gore and what might have been; Giuliani and what might be

He may be one of the most intelligent, thoughtful, talented men in America and remarkably well-equipped to lead the nation, but it’s Mr. Bush’s less-than-curious, less-than-distinguished son, George W., who is president.

NY Times columnist Bob Herbert has an interesting column The Trivial Pursuit on both what might have been and what might be.

What might have been was the thoughtful leader, Al Gore, who actually garnered the most votes. Had he taken the presidency the world and certainly the United States would be an entirely different place.

With what might be, Herbert speculates on Rudy Giuliani. He calls him a kind of one-trick pony, “the entire basis for this former mayor’s candidacy is his contention that he is some kind of expert, a veritable guru, on matters related to terrorism.”

And yet in the two most important decisions he has made with regard to terror, he has miserably failed.

Mr. Giuliani foolishly insisted, against expert advice, on placing New York City’s state-of-the-art emergency command center on the 27th floor of a 47-story building that was known to be a terror target and that was destroyed in the World Trade Center attack.

And he pushed hard for the corrupt and grotesquely underqualified Bernard Kerik to be appointed to the top antiterror post in the Bush administration, secretary of homeland security.

The dumbing down of US politics can be scary from those watching from afar. That an Al Gore can be ignored for a Rudi Giuliani seems to say it all.

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