TEMPERAMENT….Jonathan Alter on Rudy Giuliani:

His ridiculously thin skin and mile-wide mean streak were not allegations made by whiners and political opponents. They were traits widely known to his supporters. Which is why, if you ask Giuliani backers in New York City who was the better mayor — Giuliani or Mike Bloomberg — I’d wager that a strong majority would say Bloomberg.

….Based on the polls, Rudy Giuliani is now the front runner for the GOP nomination. He could very well be president. Instead of obsessing endlessly over whether social conservatives will scrutinize his record closely enough to see that he is not one of them, we should be debating what kind of president Giuliani — or any of the rest of them — would actually make. Let’s begin by talking about temperament.