Giuliani Defeat: A Sign Of “9/11 Fatigue”?


Rudy Giuliani’s distant third-place finish in Florida may mark the beginning of the end of a period in Republican politics that began on Sept. 11, 2001, says Giuliani’s celebrity was based on his comforting appearance in Americans’ living rooms amid the terrorist attacks; his campaign for president never found a message beyond that moment. “There’s a paradox for Rudy,” said former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey, a member of the 9/11 Commission. “One of the things he did very well on 9/11 was say, ‘We’ve got to get back to normal.’ And that’s what’s happened. We’ve gotten back to normal.”

“We have 9/11 fatigue in the United States,” said Mitchell Moss, a professor at New York University and an adviser to Giuliani’s successor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a technocrat who has focused on the future, and away from terrorism-related concerns. Said Rick Wilson, a Florida-based adman who has been a Giuliani adviser: “Americans want to watch ‘America’s Top Model’ – and they really, really don’t want to be reminded that bad people want to kill them. Talking about 9/11 now is like ‘Remember the Maine.'”


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