Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s new personal lawyer, went on Sean Hannity’s show and “Fox & Friends” this week, giving dense and baffling interviews about his client’s legal issues that nearly blew up the capitol. And nobody in the White House except for the president knew he was going to do it. Evidently, Giuliani and Trump cooked this strategy up all by themselves, bringing to mind one of those movies where the aging crooks sit in the diner and plan their last big heist, which, naturally enough, goes terribly wrong because their skills aren’t as sharp as they used to be.
You’ll recall that at one time it was assumed that Giuliani would be in the cabinet, perhaps as attorney general. But gossip at the time held that Trump noticed that Giuliani was dozing off in meetings and didn’t think he was sharp enough for a big job. So he put him in charge of some cyber-security program, which Giuliani promised to get right on as soon as he figured out how to set the clock on his brand new VCR. That was the last we heard about it.
Indeed, the former New York mayor and prosecutor hasn’t been heard from much at all during this presidency until Trump decided to bring him on as one of his personal lawyers in the Russia probe. It’s clear that these two guys are happy to be back in the saddle doing what they do best: Working the tabloid media to get their names in the papers. The problem is that this particular talent is irrelevant at best, and likely counterproductive, when it comes to the problem they face today.