The Corner

Rudy Not Nixon: An Eyewitness Account

When Rudy was Hizzoner, this reader worked in the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation:

Peter, 

Thanks for your putdown…of Michael Gerson’s invidious comparison of Mayor Giuliani with Richard Nixon, in essence suggesting that both were/are political opportunists without core beliefs…. 

My sense of Rudy from working in city government during his entire mayoralty is similar to your anecdote about the screwy OSHA analysis of Yankee Stadium.  Rudy consistently sought to apply accountability to NYC government, took on sacred leftist shibboleths (affirmative action, hostility to the police), introduced far reaching innovations into government operations (CompStat, welfare-to-work), cut taxes and supported pro-business policies to unshackle the local economy, and stood up to leftist bullies like the NY Times, Yasser Arafat and Al Sharpton.  From my on-the-ground view as a line manager in NYC government, Rudy governed as a liberating force applying conservative governing principles designed to help individual New Yorkers and private business flourish.  I can’t ever imagine Giuliani as president adopting a cynical Nixonian policy such as wage and price controls (cynical especially when you consider that Nixon worked for a while in a World War II wage and price control bureaucracy and knew firsthand how deleterious such a policy was).

NR Staff — Members of the National Review editorial and operational teams are included under the umbrella “NR Staff.”

Most Popular

Culture

What Self-Help Guru Tony Robbins Was Trying to Say

Tony Robbins must have known immediately that he'd made a huge mistake in how he responded to a question about #MeToo. Last month, at one of Robbins's popular, sold-out seminars, audience member Nanine McCool told the self-help guru that she thought he misunderstood the #MeToo movement. You can see the entire ... Read More
Sports

The Dominant-Sport Theory of American Politics

I think it’s safe to assert that President Trump has an unfortunate tendency to do and say (and tweet) embarrassing things. When he does, we all join in the condemnation, and often it’s not so much for the substance as for the style. The president of the United States should be dignified, measured, slow to ... Read More
Film & TV

Little Pink House Speaks Truth to Power

Coming soon to a cinema near you—you can make this happen; read on—is a bite-your-nails true-story thriller featuring heroes, villains, and a history-making struggle over . . . the Constitution’s Takings Clause. Next February 24, Little Pink House will win the Oscar for Best Picture if Hollywood’s ... Read More