Law & Order

November 9th, 2007at 07:50am Posted by Eli

This is the same Rudy who is so tough on crime that he personally waterboarded suspects as US Attorney, right?

Rudy Giuliani refused to say if he’d consider pardoning his old friend Bernie Kerik – who was indicted Thursday on federal corruption charges – if elected President.

“It wouldn’t be fair to ask that question at this point,” the Republican presidential hopeful said in an exclusive interview in Dubuque, Iowa, just hours before Kerik was indicted in New York.

“He may or may not be charged, he may or may not be convicted. Who knows what happens?”

So… Rudy’s not sure whether he would pardon someone if they were a convicted criminal? Wow, courage and integrity, what a package.

Giuliani has been accused of no wrongdoing, but it’s nonetheless the start of a long perp walk for Kerik filled with politically delicate potholes for the GOP front-runner.

Will Giuliani, who has testified once before a separate Kerik grand jury, be dragged off the campaign trail to testify again at Kerik’s expected trial?

Can Kerik’s lawyers use procedural moves to delay any trial beyond the presidential primaries or, if Giuliani is the GOP nominee, beyond the Nov. 4 election?

And how much will Giuliani’s rivals use Kerik’s indictment to raise broader questions about the former mayor’s judgment?

The legal questions will sort themselves out over time. But the lines of political attack over Kerik were being drawn.

“If Rudy is the nominee,” said a Democratic presidential strategist, “[Kerik] will enter into every discussion in the media, in the debates and in voter town halls that focus on national security. I mean, this was his choice to watch over the country’s homeland.

I don’t think association with criminals, or even appointing/recommending them for critical positions, is really much of a deterrent for the Republican voters – after all, they’ve been conditioned to reflexively defend it for the past 7 years. So hopefully they’ll end up saddling themselves with a nominee who is so tainted that non-Republicans just won’t vote for him.

Note to Democrats: If you can debunk his bogus claims of antiterror credentials, he’s got nothin’. Of course, I said this about Bush in 2004, and Kerry never even made the attempt…

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,Politics,Republicans,Rudy

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