Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Giuliani criticized by New Yorkers for not being a hater

Yes, it's really true:

Just read the venerable New York Post editorial entitled "Rudy the Yankee Flipper," subtitled "Mass.-kisser roots for Red Sox," and with the first sentence reading: "Call him Judas Giuliani."

You see, Giuliani "revealed yesterday that he is backing the hated Boston Red Sox in the World Series." Harsh? Not really. Part of the job description of being a Yankees fan is hating the Boston Red Sox.

His reasoning was pretty weak:

"I'm an American League fan, and I go with the American League team - maybe with exception of the Mets," he said. "Maybe that would be the one time I wouldn't, because I'm loyal to New York."

Given that Montana Headlines is a Yankees-free zone and that we are Red Sox fans (same difference,) we aren't inclined to take it easy on Giuliani. The biggest reason why a Giuliani vs. Clinton matchup would be such a disaster for the country has nothing to do with the authoritarian streak that both share, and even less to do with their similar stances on abortion.

It is that no matter what, we would have a Yankees fan in the White House. And opportunistic fans of the Yankees are the worst -- Giuliani has proven that while he is still ahead of Clinton on that score, we're beginning to wonder.

So is all of New York:

Richard Gerber, 69, a retired garment salesman, said Giuliani was trying to peel away votes from GOP rival Mitt Romney, the ex-Massachusetts governor.

"It's hypocritical. He's a New Yorker," said Gerber.

Giuliani's siding with the Sox surprised even his New York campaign team.

"I question his Yankee credentials. If you're a big Yankee fan, you have to hate the Red Sox," said Guy Molinari, New York co-chair of the Giuliani campaign.

They've even figured this game out down in Tennessee, where they may talk slower than they do in New York, but apparently think faster:

"We thought Mayor Giuliani's endorsement of Democrat Mario Cuomo [in 1994] was rooting for the other team," Republican rival Fred Thompson's campaign said in a statement. "But for Yankee fans, this might be a new low."

Could it be that Giuliani may have to drop out for having failed to hate sufficiently? Stay tuned.

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