If you were wondering how former mayor Rudy Giuliani feels after the thumpin' the Republicans took last week, wonder no more, because he's been facing it with the same, stubborn Rudy-vision that we all remember from his NYC mayoral years. The NY Times was on the scenefor a speech Giuliani made:

In his first public comments about last week’s Democratic sweep of Congress, Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former Republican mayor of New York City, who is a possible 2008 presidential candidate, said on Sunday that he did not view the election as a major rebuke to his party. But he said that Republicans “have to go back to your principles in figuring out how you react to something like this.”

Mr. Giuliani’s comments came at a news conference at Wilkes University, where he delivered the keynote address at a leadership conference sponsored by the university’s Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership.

“I don’t see this election, anymore than the one two years ago or the one four years ago, as a defining election,” said Mr. Giuliani, who stumped for some two dozen Republican Congressional candidates during the campaign.

Most of them lost in a nationwide wave of defeats that put Democrats in control of both the House and the Senate.

There's that Rudymism! We're uncertain where he's been taking the nation's temperature, but if he wants to run for President, maybe he'll take the blinders off.

In other political news:
- The New Yorker on the city's election night parties: Meanwhile, in Harlem, Representative Charles Rangel’s party, at the seafood restaurant Pier 2110, was turning out to be the night’s hot ticket. Early on, a couple of City Council workers had complained about being stuck there. “We’re like seat fillers at the Oscars,” one said. But, as word got out about the generous spread (champagne, sushi), people began flocking uptown.
- While answering MTA-related questions from the Daily News, Eliot Spitzer claims that MTA subway and bus fare hikes in 2008 would be a "last resort" - and the photo accompanying the article is of a shirtless Spitzer on the beach in Puerto Rico!

Photograph of Rudy Giuliani campaigning with Tom Kean Jr. last Tuesday in Hackensack, NJ by Mel Evans/AP