Hidden behind Commentary magazine’s pay wall is this description of Michael Bloomberg’s history with labor unions, from Fred Siegel and Sol Stern:
“The aftermath of 9/11 was an extraordinary lost opportunity for the city. It could have been a moment when, in the name of shared responsibility for bringing the city back to Read More
Errol Louis is out with a column this morning sharply criticizing Rudy Giuliani for comments he made over the weekend in Borough Park, where he warned that crime could rise to their pre-1993 levels if Michael Bloomberg wasn’t elected.
Louis also criticized Bloomberg for defending the comment by drawing a comparison to Detroit. Read More
Fred Siegel, a historian and Giuliani biographer, said the former mayor’s appearance on the campaign trail “is a very good idea but the way he’s been used is not a good idea.”
Siegel was referring to Giuliani’s appearance with Michael Bloomberg in Borough Park yesterday where the former mayor warned about a return to Read More
In Washington, Democrats won the White House and expanded their control of Congress. Albany is run by a Democratic governor, Democratic Assembly leader and a Democratic Senate majority leader. Everywhere New Yorkers look, Democratic dominion is spreading.
Except in New York City.
The city may be a bastion of American liberalism, where Read More
Call Edolphus Towns what you will: a 13-term Brooklyn congressman; a congenial politician with a raspy voice and a gift for charming seniors; a bald-headed, 74-year-old product of the Brooklyn Democratic machine. Here’s one thing you likely won’t call him: a troublemaker.
So when, on Dec. 10, his office formally announced his election to Read More
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 Read More
Thumbing through a new “oral bigraphy” entitled Giuliani: Flawed or Flawless?, I came across this colorful quote from Al Sharpton about the former mayor’s presidential bid:
“Rudy Giuliani is a power-hungry person. But I also think he knows that the honeymoon he’s had with the media since 9/11 would be over if he Read More
With Rudy Giuliani inching closer to an official run for the presidency, it is worth taking a look at an area (besides the well-covered social issues) where the McCain camp clearly feels that he is vulnerable: foreign policy.
Last week, Newsday took a critical look at Rudy’s foreign experience, and John McCain, on Read More
Fred Siegel, writing on the Manhattan Institute blog, says Mike Bloomberg’s reaction to the Cory Lidle plane crash in midtown is “demonstrating the insouciance he made famous during the prolonged Queens blackout…”
During his weekly radio address, Bloomberg responded to the calls for tighter flight restrictions around NYC airspace:
The trouble is Read More
The analysis pieces are starting to meander in, and a couple you may have missed are Fred Siegel’s harsh treatment of Freddy in The New Republic and Greg Sargent’s partial lament of the result in The American Prospect.
Siegel sees a certain amount of justice in the defeat of a man whom, he Read More