Chris Cilizza reminds me of something I meant to comment on:
A recent poll for the New York Daily News asked city residents who was a better mayor -- Bloomberg or Rudy Giuliani. Fifty-six percent chose Bloomberg while just 29 percent opted for Giuliani. Bloomberg's job-approval ratings are similarly sky high -- often breaking 70 percent.Giuliani turned New York City around. Bloomberg has just been a technocrat who hasn't made any major immediate errors. Ok, slight exaggeration, but does anyone really think Bloomberg would've been able to do what Giuliani did? By most measures, Giuliani was a much better mayor.
Now, I know that part of the reason for the poll result is simply that NYC is in a boom and Giuliani hasn't been mayor for 6 years. But I think the poll does have a valid underlying point: Giuliani gets on people's nerves, and for good reason. He'd be a terrible president.
* Although I may not be a Yankee, I cleave to the etymology that Yankee comes from slang for the American Dutch, and thus I am fond of the word.
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