"Mother of Mercy, Is This the End of Rudy?"

In Mervyn Leroy's 1931 film Little Caesar, Edward G. Robinson plays a crook named Caesar, nicknamed Rico. Belligerent and ambitious, Rico claws his way to the top, but his best friend betrays him and the media turn on him. He dies, shot down when he has nothing left, uttering one of the most famous lines … Continue reading "Mother of Mercy, Is This the End of Rudy?"

Race: Still the Base in American Politics

The recent endorsement of Rudy Giuliani by Pat Robertson is called “unlikely” by some—but, and make no doubt about this, it is not. For all the talk of “family values,” “protecting America,” abortion, and whatever else, the real dividing line in American politics falls along questions of race. It has been so throughout my lifetime … Continue reading Race: Still the Base in American Politics