May 24, 2005

COME TO JESUS TIME (via Daniel Merriman):

RUDY & THE RIGHT (JOHN PODHORTEZ, 5/24/05, NY Post)

[I]f he chooses to run for president in 2008, Rudy will have a very hard road to travel because of a few thingshe said in the past while running for office in New York City.

In 1999, he told CNN, "I'm pro-abortion. I'm pro gay rights." He also said he opposed a ban on partial-birth abortion.

In 1989, during his first unsuccessful run for City Hall, Giuliani told Phil Donahue that though he had deep reservations about abortion, he supported the use of public money to pay for the procedure.

"I do that in spite of my own personal reservations," he said, according to a transcript released by his office to Newsmax. com. "I have a daughter now; if a close relative or a daughter were pregnant, I would give my personal advice, my religious and moral views . . . which would be that I would help her with taking care of the baby." But if the woman chose to have an abortion, "I'd support that. I'd give my daughter the money for it."

Many analysts of the Republican Party and some leaders of socially conservative interest groups would say thatthese expressed views would make it impossible for Giuliani to secure the GOP nomination for president in 2008.

The standard political analysis of the Bush win in 2004 is that the president found millions and millions of evangelicalChristians and other social conservatives who hadn't voted for him in 2000 to pull the lever for him this time. Meaning: If a Republican is to win in 2008, the party needs someone who can draw socially conservativevoters to the polls.

So can Rudy win? Based on the last eight election cycles, the answer is a provisional yes. [...]

The record is plain. A pro-choice candidate can win in the GOP provided he has a change of heart and goes pro-life. The change of heart does not even need to be all that believable. It just needs to be.

Such a shift in position needs to be handled adroitly, but it has been done, it can be done and it must be done if Rudy Giuliani actually wants to be president.


No one has ever been better positioned to reconsider his prior advocacy of the Death Culture than Rudy Giuliani who can say that his own cancer and what he witnessed on 9-11 has made him reconsider the value of every human life and brought him closer to God.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 24, 2005 12:00 AM
Comments

Rudy is almost what oj thinks McCain is.

I'm surprised there was no post made of that little note yesterday saying that Condi wants to be "drafted" for '08...

Posted by: b at May 24, 2005 12:28 PM

"In 1989, during his first unsuccessful run for City Hall, Giuliani told Phil Donahue that though he had deep reservations about abortion, he supported the use of public money to pay for the procedure."

I especially support publicly funded abortion.

Posted by: broodrack at May 24, 2005 12:58 PM

Guns. Guns are the real litmus test. Rudy can waffle through abortion, as you suggest, however, ". . . you can crawl on your knees, you can climb up the trees, but you can't get away from the guns."

Posted by: Lou Gots at May 24, 2005 1:45 PM

Lou has the truth of it. Rudy is an enthusiastic gun-banner and we're having none of it.

Posted by: Pete at May 24, 2005 2:11 PM

Yep but Rudy will massage his previous stance on guns too.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at May 24, 2005 8:59 PM
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