Genius or Idiot?

rudy clown

In Rudy Giuliani Is Possibly a Legal Genius, But Probably Just an Idiot, Jonathan Chait writes,

It is certainly true, as a public relations strategy, that there is some gain in manipulating the media’s perception of what counts as “news.” Scandals that get broken by news outlets tend to attract far more attention than revelations offered up for attorneys for the president. Giuliani floated a highly incriminating admission, but before the media could absorb and amplify it, quickly led reporters into a surreal netherworld. Trump’s involvement in the Moscow project during the campaign is both a disclosed fact (old news!) and a charge Trump’s supporters can deny. And by the time reporters sort through the confusion and nail Giuliani down to one position, he’ll have dazzled everybody with a new confession.

Of course, he’s probably just an idiot. On the other hand, with a client facing as many points of legal vulnerability as Trump, is there really a better strategy?

Aardvark’s Animadversion

Well, whether he is a genius or an idiot or something else, he is clearly a lawyer with two big problems: his client is provably guilty, and his client lacks the sense God gave him, in consequence of which the client is a danger to himself and others.

I think the best explanation of Rudy’s odd behavior is that he tries to “get ahead of the story” by admitting the really bad facts, and then constructing the least implausible “explanation” that he can find.

When he tries that approach, his client is pissed off, and his client orders him to go back to the old strategy—lying about the provable facts.

This is where Rudy makes his biggest mistake.

Instead of withdrawing as counsel, which is what any sensible person would do in such a circumstance, he obeys his client, retracts his admission of provably facts, and thus beclowns himself.

And for what?

Dog Bites Man

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From the New York Daily News: Party celebrating Rudy Giuliani nixed because no one wants to go

Daily Kos comments,

What is there to say about former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani that hasn’t been farted into a bag and fed to a demon for punishment? New York’s Daily News reports that plans for a big 25th-anniversary party for Giuliani, marking the dark day he became mayor, have been scuttled. Why? Because no one wants to be at a party celebrating a guy who may or may not be a part of the biggest and most treasonous and disgraceful chapters in American history.

In the Washington Post a pundit explains in considerable detail how Trump borrows his rhetoric—and his view of power—from the mob.

I Picked the Wrong Hypothetical Example

Trump sacrifice

In yesterday’s post I analogized Trump’s constitutional arguments to a constitutional claim that John Doe may assert a free religious expression defense to justify human sacrifice.

Instead, I ought to have envisioned a hypothetical case in which Donald Trump asserts a constitutional defense to justify human sacrifice. See

Giuliani: Trump Could Have Shot Comey And Still Couldn’t Be Indicted For It