I went through the Christmas holidays believing I might never blog about Rudy Giuliani again.
He'd dropped out of every conceivable 2010 political contest, unless he's harboring a secret yearning to be state comptroller. He declared his attentions were focused on his business, and overseeing security for the Olympics in Brazil.
He hadn't moved out of town, but I was still willing to live and let live.
Sure, there was his penchant for showing up on TV talk shows to say something obvious and Republican, but who cared?
Then on Friday Rudy popped up on ABC, being interviewed by George Stephanopoulos. His mission was to portray Barack Obama as soft on terror, ho hum.
But in the process, Giuliani forgot 9/11!
"What he [Obama] should be doing is following the right things that Bush did -- one of the right things he did was treat this as a war on terror. We had no domestic attacks under Bush. We've had one under Obama," he said.
What about the World Trade Center????
Rudy Giuliani has spent the last eight years defining himself as the mayor who was on the ground when terror struck. How many times has he announced that Obama or some other Democrat of the day had forgotten the lessons of Sept. 11?
And now he's on national television announcing that there were no domestic attacks under George W. Bush.
Giuliani is a man who always likes to see himself as fighting against the forces of total evil. Over the last few years, he's put the Democrats in that category. Apparently his lust for battle is so great that it's wiped out his entire memory bank.
This wasn't a slip of the tongue. The cosmic error was his whole point. Giuliani has now not only written himself out as a candidate, he's officially disqualified to be a talking head.
And, by the way, Richard Reid the shoe bomber launched his failed terror attack on Bush's watch too. This would be a mere quibble, except that Bush tried Reid in a civilian court, and Giuliani has been loudly complaining about President Obama's decision to do the same with accused underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.