When it goes to your heart, it's important

National Review editorial

When Rudolph Giuliani announced his presidential run, we hoped that he could find common ground with pro-lifers. For that to happen, we suggested, he would have to follow the model of Kay Bailey Hutchison and the late Paul Coverdell, both pro-choice Republican senators who were allied with pro-lifers on the legislative issues of the day. Behind this advice was the assumption that Giuliani's desire to win some pro-life votes would move him to think seriously about the issue, or at least its political dimension. Judging from the knots in which he has tied himself since then, that thought has not taken place. Whether through conscious decision or inattention, he has not followed the Hutchison/Coverdell model.

The editorial was in response to reports that Rudy is going to come out strongly pro-choice

After months of conflicting signals on abortion, Rudolph W. Giuliani is planning to offer a forthright affirmation of his support for abortion rights in public forums, television appearances and interviews in the coming days, despite the potential for bad consequences among some conservative voters already wary of his views, aides said yesterday.

It's hardly perspicacious of me to point out the obvious, but I will anyway. Rudy is fighting an uphill battle as a pro-Roe candidate. However, that issue alone wouldn't have disqualified him from being the Republican nominee. But when he strongly comes out in favor of abortion weeks after repeatedly saying "I hate it," then he has damaged himself in the most important of ways.

Rudy's strength is that he's a leader who tells the truth. [The one thing he and Fred share? -- ed. Well, maybe not the one thing] When he tries to prevaricate and waffle on abortion, he lowers himself from hero to John Kerry-esque politician.

[Even worse, what does it say about the Giuliani campaign and Giuliani himself that they weren't prepared for this? Everyone has been speculating about how this would play out since 9/11, and they've picked the worst possible muddled message!]

Posted by Evan @ 05/11/07 12:30 AM

 
 

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Posted by John Cobarruvias @ 05/11/07 11:37 PM


Why do you say so? Do you think Rudy will implode?

If Rudy does get the nomination, he might be looking at someone like Perry (although I'd assume it won't be Perry). But given that VP picks don't matter much, it seems to me like you're setting Perry up for a possible White House run.

Posted by evan @ 05/11/07 11:41 PM


I hope Giuliani or McCain wins the Republican nomination, because it will mean we will finally have a Democrat back in office and restore integrity to the country.

Posted by Bob Brown @ 05/12/07 01:44 PM


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