Will Rudolph Giuliani be a heavyweight presidential contender in 2008? Some of his enemies evidently think so. They have already begun to raise the alarm.
One early entry is Giuliani Time, a newly released documentary film that aims to land a preemptive blow. The title gives the game away even before the start. “It’s Giuliani time” is the phrase said to have been uttered by a New York City policeman as he sodomized Abner Louima, a Haitian immigrant, with a broomstick in a Brooklyn precinct house in 1997. Louima later retracted that part of his story, but by resurrecting the words here, the movie signals, as a review in the New York Times put it, that its “agenda will be to associate Mr. Giuliani’s tenure with brutality, racial revanchism, and contempt for civil liberties.”
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Fred Siegel is a contributing editor of the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal.