When Giuliani’s book came out in 2002, he only had to title it Leadership and watch it effortlessly sell a million copies.

After that, all Giuliani had to do was coast. Retire. Relax. Get a Fox News contract. Maybe churn through another wife or two.

Instead, in a story the ancient Greeks would recognize, Giuliani was destroyed by his own hubris. His 2008 presidential bid bombed worse than Chevy Chase’s talk show, failing to win a single delegate. Rather than enrich himself by harmlessly conning colleges and non-profits with speaking fees, Giuliani took the more dangerous route back into legal work. Being beloved is nice, but apparently not as nice as representing Purdue Pharma in OxyContin cases.