Thursday, December 15, 2005

Karl Rove's handpicked choice to run against Hillary Clinton is displaying just about as much compassion as Rove's most famous candidate:

Westchester District Attorney Jeanine Pirro was seen giggling and chatting outside a Bronx church after the funeral Mass for slain Police Officer Danny Enchautegui -- spurring outrage from cops.

One officer brusquely told her to "shut up," prompting Pirro to zip her lips and snap to attention just after the flag-draped coffin holding Enchautegui was placed into a nearby hearse.

While grim-faced Finest stood ramrod-straight, Pirro drew glares from the hero cop's fellow officers when they spotted her giggling and chatting with state Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno (R-Rensselaer).

"She should have kept her mouth shut and showed some respect," said one disgusted high-ranking member of the NYPD.

Fumed another officer: "It was bad timing. Everyone is waiting for the family to leave. The family is trying to be strong. We're all still in formation. It was out of line."...

If you haven't been keeping up, Pirro's Senate campaign is going so badly that there's a desperate effort under way to get her out of the race -- an effort that involves not just Republican leaders but also her own husband. But Pirro's like a defiant bank robber surrounded by cops -- she refuses to surrender. The leadership wants her to run for state attorney general -- polls say she'd lose that race, too, but not as badly. And to think it was only a month ago that the same GOP leaders were forcing her strongest Republican rival to drop out of the Senate race.

I haven't even gotten to the governor's race, in which there'll be a big primary battle, but state party leaders prefer ex-Massachusetts governor William Weld -- even though he's enmeshed in a scandal involving a bankrupt college he used to run.

The national GOP is still a force to be reckoned with, but the local 'Pubs really are the gang that couldn't shoot straight.

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