Siegel on Giuliani’s Machiavellian Qualities


Here’s a lengthy interview with Rudy Giuliani adviser and biographer Fred Siegel up on Commentary magazine’s blog in which he explains that the former mayor is like Niccolo Machiavelli — in a good way.

“Most of what Giuliani did was Machiavellian in the best sense. People forget Machiavelli believed in virtue. Not quite our version of virtue, but something akin to it.”

As for the guy who replaced Giuliani in City Hall, Siegel thinks he’s rich, and that’s about it.

“This is a man, Bloomberg, who has no major legislative success, either [in] Albany or Washington.”