Raging Right Wing Republican

For those of us who are politically informed, and therefore Republican.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Game over?

Giuliani is the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president. He posts a double-digit lead over his competitors in almost all the national polls. Yet, he's made his career by out-liberaling liberals. Here's gun-grabber Rudy suing the gun companies for, among other things, "manufacturing many more firearms than can be bought for the legitimate purpose of hunting and law enforcement." Here's Giuliani arguing for even more porous borders.

Now here he is supporting the ludicrously extreme position of public funding for abortion. That sound you just heard is millions of votes flushing down the toilet.

So now we've gone from, "It's evil and I hate it, but you can do it," to, "It's evil and I hate it, but we'll pay you to do it."

The First Amendment lays out freedom of speech as a constitutional right, and yet nobody expects the state to buy anybody a microphone. Where's the difference?

In any case, this can only help Romney, who's running as the "true conservative" in the race. Guiliani's hoping he can sail through the bad positions by displaying integrity through a stand on principle. But what's he going to do if and when a man of integrity with bonafide conservative credentials enters the race? When faced with choosing between "authenticity" that directly contradicts the party's core beliefs and agreement, voters will choose agreement. Conservatives were willing to cut Rudy so much slack and yet he couldn't even give up this one minor point. Romney now has the money and the media to make his move on Guiliani.

When Rudy Giuliani became mayor of New York nearly fifteen years ago, he was regarded among conservatives as the posterchild country-club Rockefeller Republican. Fifteen years later, it doesn't look like anything has changed.


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