April 6, 2007

FIGHTING THEIR WAY TO THE LIFEBOATS:

Life Lessons for Rudy (The Editors, 4/06/07, National Review)

When Rudolph Giuliani announced his entry into the race for president, we noted that there were reasons to find his candidacy both compelling and problematic. In the latter category fell, above all, his denial that unborn children have a right to life. Even on that issue, however, we held out hope that Giuliani would try to meet pro-life conservatives halfway. He had already come around on partial-birth abortion, even if he had not come up with a good explanation for his shift. He had said that he favors "strict constructionist" judges, who attempt to determine what the law is rather than to make it what they think it should be. We hoped that he would go further: for example, by joining President Bush in declaring Roe v. Wade a bad decision as a matter of constitutional law, or even by joining Sen. John McCain in calling for its overturning.

Instead, we are sorry to say, he has mostly gone into reverse. Since his announcement, he has said that, in his mind, a strict constructionist judge could as easily rule to keep Roe as to scrap it. He has continued to misrepresent pro-lifers as seeking to throw pregnant women "in jail." He has refused to rule out signing federal legislation codifying Roe should it be presented to him as president. And, most troublingly, has reiterated his longstanding support for taxpayer funding for abortion.

This is not a moderate position.


One of the bad things about having built up no loyalty on the Right is that the Mayor has no one to defend him as his ship sinks.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 6, 2007 12:51 PM
Comments

Glad to know the Mayor's view now. Thought all his skeletons were out already before he announced. I don't care if any woman wants to kill her baby, I do care if I'm forced to pay for it.

Posted by: ic at April 6, 2007 4:25 PM

His ship isn't sinking, he simply waded into waters that were over his head.

Posted by: AllenS at April 6, 2007 5:13 PM

I do care if a woman wants to kill her baby, and if I can stop her leglly, I must. Therefore, I cannot lend support or vote to a baby-killing politician, under any circumstances.


It's all over for this one. At this point, he may as well come out for an "assault" "weapons" "ban."

Posted by: Lou Gots at April 6, 2007 6:33 PM

What AllenS said.

Posted by: h-man at April 6, 2007 7:35 PM

Rudy gave a very McCain-like answer: a beltway special, as it were.

He will suffer the same fate (with the Right), and spend the next few years wondering why.

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 6, 2007 8:40 PM
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