- The Washington Times - Monday, October 22, 2001

For New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, post-Sept. 11 encomiums flow like fine champagne at a Park Avenue wedding.
So does speculation about what the Republican will do for a living when his term-limited eight years in office end on Dec. 31.
"The sky is certainly the limit for Rudy now," says former Rep. Susan Molinari, New York Republican. "When you are not seeing him on television, he is at memorial services, at schools, at ground zero."
"He can take his choice," says political consultant Nelson Warfield.
The choices, say Giuliani-watchers, range from Major League Baseball commissioner to New York-New Jersey Port Authority head to the Office of Homeland Security.
Or he could challenge old antagonist but post-Sept. 11 chum Gov. George Pataki for the Republican gubernatorial nomination next year.
But for now, "he's like a savior people tug at his clothing when he walks," says political adviser Frank Luntz.
"He's as much a hero today as Charles Lindbergh was 70 years ago."
Even former Mayor Ed Koch, a Democrat, praises Mr. Giuliani. "He's done a superb job," says Mr. Koch.
"He will be remembered for how he led the city through a crucial moment so that there was no panic."
That kind of admiration is now coast to coast. Since the Sept. 11 attacks that leveled the World Trade Center towers, Mr. Giuliani's name recognition has shot to a phenomenal 96 percent nationwide and he commands a 93 percent approval rating, according to a Sept. 19-24 Harris poll.
Before the terrorist attacks, the mayor got mixed reviews. The right and center cheered while the left jeered his zero-tolerance policies toward street crime. Last year, prostate cancer and marital infidelity short-circuited his U.S. Senate candidacy.
Since Sept. 11, however, the public has supported Mr. Giuliani because the "situation was not ideological," said former Reagan and Bush speechwriter Peter Robinson. "It let him be himself in the way that the small, internecine politics of New York City had not permitted."
It may be hard for Mr. Giuliani to keep his widespread popularity after he leaves office. Every future career suggested for him has risks.
For example, running with Mr. Bush in 2004 if Vice President Richard B. Cheney doesn't seek re-election "would be a stretch," says New York Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long. "Rudy's been a very strong mayor but wrong on gun control, abortion, homosexual rights and supporting Democratic candidates like Mario Cuomo. Maybe once he's no longer mayor, he will have a conversion on some of these issues."
Mr. Robinson says the job of CIA director would be a perfect fit because Mr. Giuliani "sees good guys and bad guys and wants to protect the good guys and go after the bad guys."
Besides, says Mrs. Molinari, he "knows about tracking money laundering by the terrorists and is still surrounded by some of the best investigators who worked on his team when he was U.S. attorney."
But Mr. Warfield says the CIA job would be too low-profile for Mr. Giuliani. "It's not his style to go into the shadows in a secret war on terrorism after two terms as mayor and after his post-September 11 role."

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