Is America Ready for "Rudy Rage"?

Columnist recalls run-ins with thin- skinned former mayor
By J. Kelman,  Newser User
Posted Mar 6, 2007 2:12 PM CST
Rudy Giuliani Attends Launch Of Campaign Honoring Firefighters   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – "Vindictive," "tone-deaf," prone to bouts of "Rudy rage"—that's the Giuliani that hasn't been visible to a national audience in the early days of the former mayor's presidential campaign, writes Jonathan Capeheart in the Washington Post. As a columnist for the New York Daily News in the late '90s, Capeheart  found himself the object of a "skin-peeling tirade" if he criticized the administration in print.

And he was hardly alone. "When Giuliani was mayor, he brooked no criticism—no matter how minor, no matter how constructive." Did the trauma of 9/11 soften the mayor? "There's nothing like the stress of a presidential campaign to find out for sure."