Yesterday was a very important day for all right thinking New Yorkers - heck, all right thinking Americans when you get right down to it. (Yes, I'm a day late. I have a job and two kids. You want timely commentary? Read Atrios.)
Wait, you mean you don't know what happened yesterday? Why, it was three years ago yesterday that Rudy Giuliani delivered the stirring oration I parodied in this video:
That same evening, soon-to-be-laughing stock Bernard Kerik spoke as well. All in all, a grand night for New York City politics. I only bring this up because suddenly some people are concerned that Giuliani's presence at this year's 9/11 memorial will politicize the event. Gee, ya think?
The 9/11 memorial service has always been a political football, with controvery over speaking assignments and seating positions becoming as much a rite of summer here in NYC as controversy who gets to march in the St. Patrick's Day parade has become one of our rites of spring. I'm glad people are waking up to how politicized the event has already become and saying, "enough." But, honestly, the GOP in general and Giuliani in particular politicized 9/11 as soon as it was expedient to do so. Maybe the free ride they've had on the backs of 9/11 corpses is coming to an end; let's hope so.