If there’s one thing that Rudy Giuliani does well, it’s go. From the moment Giuliani enters a scene, whether it be a studio, a rally, or a courtroom, the man is machine.
But, like all machines, as they cultivate their experience and their patina, they occasionally sputter. Their once-graceful whirring devolves into nervous quiet, as we wait for the next clank or thunk to echo forth from the bowels of the engine.
Today was a clunky day for ol’ Rudy.
‘In the plaintiffs’ counties, they were denied the opportunity to have an unobstructed observation and ensure opacity,’ Giuliani said. ‘I’m not quite sure I know what opacity means. It probably means you can see, right?’
‘It means you can’t,’ said U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann in Williamsport, PA.
‘Big words, your honor,’ Giuliani, 76, said.
It got worse…
Giuliani needled an opposing lawyer, calling him ‘the man who was very angry with me, I forgot his name.’
He mistook the judge for a federal judge in a separate Pennsylvania district who rejected a separate Trump campaign case: ‘I was accused of not reading your opinion and that I did not understand it.’
During several hours of arguments, Judge Brann – an Obama appointee – told Giuliani that agreeing with him would disenfranchise the more than 6.8 million Pennsylvanians who voted.
Then, sensing that the entire team could probably use a drink…
After hearing arguments and motions for a total of six hours, Brann peppered Giuliani with questions and gave his team until 5pm Wednesday to file a new brief. If they do not the case could be dismissed by default.
After a long day of arguments, he advised counsel on both sides ‘off the record’ about area restaurants, as well as a martini bar and a brew pub.
Giuliani and team still have a bit of an uphill battle to climb, but there’s no one out there who’s more dedicated to the cause than Giuliani…even if he is sputtering along at times.