Bush fixer James Baker kicked Rudy off Iraq Studly Group for poor attendance
[My bad, as Xan reminds me; late night and exhaustion. Rudy wasn't tossed off the 9/11 panel, but off the ISG, of which Baker was the head. I knew that! I knew that! But it does get better. You know who replaced him? Ed Meese. Jeebus.]
So, even the Bushies can't stomach the man. Newsday:
Rudolph Giuliani's membership on an elite Iraq study panel came to an abrupt end last spring after he failed to show up for a single official meeting of the group, causing the panel's top Republican to give him a stark choice: either attend the meetings or quit, several sources said.
At some point, Baker spoke to Giuliani to find out if he intended to continue his involvement with the group. "He basically said, if people can't make the meetings, we've got to find people who can," [Leon] Panetta recalled.
Of course, Rudy had his reasons:
Millions of 'em:
Giuliani left the Iraq Study Group last May after just two months, walking away from a chance to make up for his lack of foreign policy credentials on the top issue in the 2008 race, the Iraq war.
He cited "previous time commitments" in a letter explaining his decision to quit, and a look at his schedule suggests why -- the sessions at times conflicted with Giuliani's lucrative speaking tour that garnered him $11.4 million in 14 months.
Giuliani failed to show up for a pair of two-day sessions that occurred during his tenure, the sources said -- and both times, they conflicted with paid public appearances shown on his recent financial disclosure. Giuliani quit the group during his busiest stretch in 2006, when he gave 20 speeches in a single month that brought in $1.7 million.
Yeah, but what about John Edwards and his haircut?