Phil, I think you’re right there. For the better side of Rudy this is worth listening to–his speech from London yesterday. He is plainspoken and funny. The speech is not short but worth listening to and the portion where he talks about the July 7, 2005 London bombings when he was actually in London is quite moving. When he says you “first have to stand up to your enemy” and cautions against treating terrorist acts as discrete crimes you do believe he’s going to do what he says. Maybe you don’t get this type of force of personality and determination without the occasional boastful faux pas.