Ever since the late and great Molly Ivins quipped that she thought Pat Buchanan’s speech at the 1992 GOP convention sounded better in the original German it’s been sort of a parlor trick to compare a ‘hot’ Republican speech to one from this or that fascist dictator. But this speech was really febrile and unhinged. Setting aside the content, consider the wild hand gestures, frequent screaming, the agitated and febrile manner. It was disturbing but also brought together all the themes of violence, death, betrayal and rage that shaped the evening.
It’s like Giuliani has spent the last fifteen years living together with 9/11 in a two bedroom apartment of his mind. It’s a dark picture. He’s lost his balance and maybe his mind.