Now that the 2006 midterm elections are over, we can look forward to two years of Presidential saber-rattling and endless speculation. At this point, it seems like everyone is considering a run at the White House — but imagine this race, if you will: Giuliani vs. Clinton. Wow.
------------------------------------------------------------------------ Alan and Sal Where they preside: Pen Top Bar, Midtown Favorite drink: Red wine
Sal: ‘Do you know where Giuliani was on 9/11? Right downstairs in our hotel eating breakfast. He’s been to this bar too. The last time he was in, he only drank diet coke. I swear! He sat right over there with his two bodyguards [Gesturing to a seat on the Pen Top’s outdoor terrace with a commanding view of Midtown East]. Giuliani is a nice man, and I would consider voting for him. Alan: ‘Yeah, good for him. But I think I’d prefer Bloomberg as President. Giuliani was a better mayor, but Bloomberg would be better in the White House.’
Mike Where he presides: Maker’s, Murray Hill Favorite drink: Dirty Sanchez (Yes, apparently it’s a drink now)
No. I don’t think he really stands a chance. I don’t think he has enough experience to be president. I was also disappointed when he was mayor here in New York and doing his quality of life campaign.
Tom Where he presides: Bill’s Gay Nineties, Midtown Favorite drink: Wine and Irish whisky
I’ve got two words for you: Bernie Kerik. That’s a big, fat skeleton. I’m not a Giuliani fan, can you tell? Actually I have another two words: Amadou Diallo. So I guess that’s four words. You know, I don’t think he really wants a new job. I think he’s running for President to increase his speaking fee. The Presidential run will just increase his profile and his marketability to fools willing to pay a bunch of money to see the guy.
Where he presides: Monkey Bar, Midtown Favorite drink: Single malt scotch
It’s predictable, isn’t it, that Giuliani would be the frontrunner? He’s the face of the war on terrorism. Although, you’re right: Being anti-gun, pro-choice and gay-friendly won’t help him with the Republican nomination. But how much of a choice do we really have in who ends up President? I don’t really care to cast my vote for either party. In the end the candidates are more or less chosen for us by the media, the party elite…
Where he presides: Desmond’s Tavern, Gramercy
You got ID? I was a journalist. I always carried ID. Because right now how do I know you are who you say you are? It’s just your word. [At this point in the conversation our intrepid correspondent momentarily considers pointing out just how odd it would be for him to run around asking questions of bartenders and writing down their answers if he were, in fact, not doing it out of some vague journalistic purpose. But, instead, he decides to just let the matter go.] No. I wouldn’t vote for Rudi. I wouldn’t think he’d make a very good President.
John Where he presides: PS450, Gramercy Favorite drink: Jim Beam on the rocks
No way. I didn’t like him as mayor, why would I vote for him as president? Anybody would have done what he did after 9/11. But he did clean up the city. Not to say that he didn’t do his job. I just didn’t personally agree with some of his views.