April 6, 2007


Giuliani's Gaffe (Philip Klein, 4/6/2007, American Spectator)

Rudy Giuliani's affirmation of his support for public financing of abortions was undoubtedly the biggest blunder of his nascent presidential campaign. Not only have his comments undermined his efforts to assuage the concerns of social conservatives, they have reinforced the perception that he's running an undisciplined campaign. [...]

Politically, it hurts him not only among social conservatives, but also among fiscal conservatives who may even be pro-choice but abhor any kind of government subsidies. While Giuliani has received mostly friendly treatment on conservative blogs up until now, the response to his remarks has been overwhelmingly negative, turning off even those who had previously been sympathetic to Rudy. Semantically, it isn't helpful for him to use the words "constitutional right" with regard to abortion, even if he meant it in terms of what the courts currently hold. Legally, the idea that anything that is a constitutional right should be provided by the government, is patently absurd. As has been pointed out, followed to its logical conclusion, it would mean that the government would have to provide poor people with access to firearms. It's somewhat startling that a lawyer as experienced as Giuliani would come across as ignorant of constitutional law.

...it's the Mayor's conscience.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 6, 2007 9:00 AM

If an anti-gun person votes for a candidate who supports the Civilian Marksmanship Program, which sells military surplus firearms at bargain prices, he is making a plausible political compromise; when a Christian votres for a baby-murdering candidate, he goes to Hell--apples and oranges.

Posted by: Lou Gots at April 6, 2007 12:19 PM