It’s been a pretty rough patch recently for northeastern political tough guys, what with Christie’s legal troubles and Michael Grimm’s ‘roid rages, and let’s not forget Carlos Danger. I think it’s getting safer and safer to say that Rudy Giuliani’s 2008 implosion was not a one off, that, no matter how much Chris Matthews’ gruff unemployed uncle loves the whole Boss-Tweed-Meets-The-Soparnos routine, it just won’t play in Peoria. It’s not just the aggression, corruption, and Jersey Shore swagger, either — there’s also an inability to stick together when things get tough:
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Thursday there is a “fifty-fifty” chance New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) knew about an order to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge in September.
I don’t think Haley Barbour would be saying this about Bobby Jindal if something similar went down in Louisiana.
I don’t think any of the northeastern tough guy crew will make it nationally (not you either, Andrew Cuomo). They should enjoy their time in the “Morning Joe” greenroom and accept their own irrelevance.