Rudy Guiliani will be across the street tonight making a speech. And I mean literally across the street. I live next to Salem State College’s arena and they hold a lot of big speeches in there. Clinton spoke there last year or the year before (it was before I moved to this house). Sir Edmund Hillary, George Bush Sr., Barbara Bush, and Mikhail Gorbachev are among the speakers who have been part of the lecture series there.
It’s interesting how Rudy has gone from a New York politician whose personal life was a shambles and whose political career was fading to a statesman and in-demand speaker. Despite his flaws—the aforementioned personal life and his liberal social views—Rudy did respond brilliantly in the aftermath of 9/11. I will give him credit for that.