Call him the Nostradamus of the 2008 campaign.
Campaigning here in California, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani predicted Monday afternoon that the debating Democrats would not utter the phrase "Islamic terrorists" during their forum in Charleston. According to his crack research team, none of the Dems had uttered the phrase in any of their first three exchanges.
"If they do," Giuliani told a crowd in San Francisco as he lectured them on energy policy, "I'll take credit for it."
Lo and behold, Hizzoner's prediction came true, according to his spokeswoman, Maria Comella. "The Rudy Fun Fact" in her morning email to reporters: "The number of times the Democratic candidates have said 'Islamic Terrorists' in the last four debates: 0."
Giuliani relishes slamming Democrats on the trail and this West Coast swing has been no exception. He called the leading Democratic contenders "a bunch of pessimists and defeatists" and mocked them for "not understanding" a capitalist economy.
"They think its bad. They think its bad to be rich," he said. "I was a little kid who grew up in Brooklyn. I thought it would be great to be rich."
--Michael D. Shear
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