RUDY’S CELL PHONE….John Fund writes in the Wall Street Journal about Rudy Giuliani’s habit of taking phone calls from his wife in the middle of presentations:

Mr. Giuliani’s deputy press secretary Jason Miller told me the NRA incident was definitely not a stunt. Instead it was a “candid and spontaneous moment” that would humanize the tough-guy former mayor with voters.

Nice try….The fact is that people inside the Giuliani campaign are appalled at the number of times their candidate has felt compelled to interrupt public appearances to take calls from his wife. The estimate from those in a position to know is that he has taken such calls more than 40 times in the middle of speeches, conferences and presentations to large donors.

….[Giuliani] admitted he had taken calls from his wife “before in engagements, and I didn’t realize it would create any kind of controversy.” That’s hardly possible. Giuliani staffers say he has been warned over and over again that the phone calls are rude and inappropriate and have alienated everyone from local officials to top donors to close friends.

OK. I’m sitting here trying to figure out what to say about this. But what? It’s obviously nuts, but nuts in what way?

First way: Rudy genuinely doesn’t realize that taking a phone call in the middle of a speech is rude. But this suggests a lack of emotional intelligence so stunning that even I don’t think Rudy is capable of it — and that’s saying a lot.

Second way: He knows it’s rude, but has somehow convinced himself that it’s a political winner despite the repeated entreaties of his staff. I dunno. I guess it’s possible.

Third way: He and Judy are literally so enthralled with each other that he can’t stand to shut off the phone for even a few minutes. If he were 17 I might buy it. At age 63 it suggests codependency issues so severe he ought to be on medication.

Fourth way: Judy has told him in no uncertain terms that he’d better take her calls 24/7. Rudy is so terrified of her that he’s given in on this.

Fifth way: He’s so enormously full of himself that he doesn’t think the ordinary rules of common courtesy apply to him. This strikes me as quite plausible.

Overall, this is one of the weirdest damn things I’ve heard in a long time. Does Rudy take calls during television interviews? On radio call-in shows? In meetings with his staff? Does Judy really require this level of emotional sustenance? What the hell is going on?

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