Rudy and Judi

If you visit the Vanity Fair website, right under video clips from Gisele Bundchen’s cover shoot, you’ll find this trashy hit piece on Judi/Judith Giuliani. Jim Geraghty has done a good job with the blow by blow, but I just wanted to cite one part that I found particularly indicative of the shoddy journalism, in which author Judy Bachrach speculates that there may be trouble brewing between Rudy and wife number three:

There have been other moments of vulnerability. At the close of the May Republican debate, Judith leapt onstage eagerly, her face beaming with delight. Giuliani, it was noted, appeared strangely disconcerted. “It did not look like he was happy to see her. It looked to me like he was estranged,” says Barrett. “He was cold.”

That Barrett would be Wayne Barrett, the Village Voice scribe who is pathologically obsessed with bringing down Giuliani, having already written two attack biographies on him, the first going after his father, and the second arguing that Giuliani’s image as a great leader on 9/11 was a myth. So, the author quotes this Barrett’s speculation as to what happened after the debate, and passes it off as if it’s evidence of deeper problems. Another source for the article, I might add, was her ex-husband Bruce Nathan.

There’s no denying that both Rudy and Judi have had messy personal lives, and I’m sure that will bother a certain portion of the electorate. But I admit that it’s difficult for me to assess how a tabloid story such as this may affect the election, because I never find this type of stuff very interesting.