First it was Mitt Romney’s turn, and the weeks of January and February saw story after story on Romney’s alleged flip-flops and pandering. Conservative pundits pining for a different candidate joined in, and the memory of Romney’s very good 2006 dimmed. (Not the contributions and endorsements, though, and when this month comes to a close, the first round in the money primary will be very interesting to judge.)
Now the knives have come out on Rudy Giuliani, and today’s article in Politico on the mayor’s appointments to the judiciary while serving as mayor is a stunner. Key graphs:
A Politico review of the 75 judges Giuliani appointed to three of New York state's lower courts found that Democrats outnumbered Republicans by more than 8 to 1. One of his appointments was an officer of the International Association of Lesbian and Gay Judges. Another ruled that the state law banning liquor sales on Sundays was unconstitutional because it was insufficiently secular.
A third, an abortion-rights supporter, later made it to the federal bench in part because New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer, a liberal Democrat, said he liked her ideology.
Cumulatively, Giuilani's record was enough to win applause from people like Kelli Conlin, the head of NARAL Pro-Choice New York, the state's leading abortion-rights group. "They were decent, moderate people," she said.
"I don't think he was looking for someone who was particularly conservative," added Barry Kamins, a Democrat who chaired the panel of the Bar Association of the City of New York, which reviewed Giuliani's appointments. "He picked a variety from both sides of the spectrum. They were qualified, even-tempered, academically strong."