"We love good mayors because we love our cities and Giuliani's the city guy. I'm so sick of southern guys with ranches running this country. I want a guy to run for president who doesn't have a fucking -- I'm sorry -- a ranch. Wouldn't that be good, a guy who wasn't on the ranch during Katrina, he was on the street corner answering questions [during 9/11]."
Chris Matthews blowing a gasket on Imus in the Morning
Now, we're as big a fans of Rudy as anybody, but Chris Matthews is going to have a heart attack one of these days. He's always about three seconds from a warp core breach as evidenced by the undeleted expletive. Apparently it was bleeped from the radio but made it out on MSNBC... Which, if anyone was actually watching MSNBC, could have been a real problem.
Of course, there are several problems with this. One, I'm not so sure that "we" love our cities. A lot of us think of cities like New York (even post-Giuliani New York) as big, dirty places filled with crime and traffic. At the very least, we rubes in the sticks aren't given to waiting for the city slickers to come along and save us from our lives in Mayberry. Now don't get me wrong. I love Rudy, but not because he's a "city guy."
Something else too... We haven't exactly been covered up with "southern guys with ranches." Lyndon Johnson and Dubya. Two for forty-three. Not exactly an epidemic.