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Special ‘K’ edition: Kucinich, Kerik & Kudos January 25, 2008

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hablog.jpg– Dennis Kucinich will withdraw from the Presidential race today. Out of funds and worried about several serious challenges to his House seat he will be leaving us today. Too bad. I always liked to hear what he had to say.

Bernie ‘thud’ Kerik has more problems. The lawyer for Kerik, the disgraced former New York City police commissioner, has been removed from Mr. Kerik’s criminal case in federal court because of a conflict of interest “so severe that no remedial measure will cure it,” according to a judge’s order issued Thursday.

– The editorial board of The New York Times is endorsing Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination and Senator John McCain as the Republican nominee. It is a thoughful and concise editorial. You should read it before you pull that lever on February 5th.

I particularly enjoyed reading what they had to say about Rudy.

Why, as a New York-based paper, are we not backing Rudolph Giuliani? Why not choose the man we endorsed for re-election in 1997 after a first term in which he showed that a dirty, dangerous, supposedly ungovernable city could become clean, safe and orderly? What about the man who stood fast on Sept. 11, when others, including President Bush, went AWOL? That man is not running for president. The real Mr. Giuliani, whom many New Yorkers came to know and mistrust, is a narrow, obsessively secretive, vindictive man who saw no need to limit police power. Racial polarization was as much a legacy of his tenure as the rebirth of Times Square. Mr. Giuliani’s arrogance and bad judgment are breathtaking. When he claims fiscal prudence, we remember how he ran through surpluses without a thought to the inevitable downturn and bequeathed huge deficits to his successor. He fired Police Commissioner William Bratton, the architect of the drop in crime, because he couldn’t share the limelight. He later gave the job to Bernard Kerik, who has now been indicted on fraud and corruption charges. The Rudolph Giuliani of 2008 first shamelessly turned the horror of 9/11 into a lucrative business, with a secret client list, then exploited his city’s and the country’s nightmare to promote his presidential campaign.

In the always leave ’em laughing (or at least smiling).

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