August 17, 2007

HE'S GOT SO MANY LIENS ON HIS SOUL, WHAT'S ONE MORE?:

Giuliani and the Know Nothings (RYAN SAGER, August 17, 2007, NY Sun)

What an election: The one-time mayor of Ellis Island, grandson of Italian immigrants, has to make nice with the modern-day Know Nothings if he wants a shot at his party's nomination for the presidency. Mayor Giuliani gets immigrants. He's lived their dreams. He's governed their city. He's won their hearts and their minds and their votes. But now he must walk a razor's edge between advocating sensible immigration reforms on one side and demonizing immigrants as criminals and invaders on the other. Having transgressed from conservative orthodoxy irreparably on one issue, abortion, Mr. Giuliani has been pursuing a strategy of walking back his transgressions on other issues — all the while being careful to avoid the whiplash effect that has hobbled Mitt "Flip" Romney. On gun control, he hasn't apologized for his actions in New York City, but he's said regulation of guns should be left to states and localities. On civil unions, he's claimed that his past support was based on imprecise language and that he really only supports domestic partnerships.

Now we come to immigration. His problem here is just how far he stuck his neck out for illegal immigrants while mayor of New York City. Take this, from a 1994 press conference: "Some of the hardest-working and most productive people in this city are undocumented aliens," Mr. Giuliani said. "If you come here and you work hard and you happen to be in an undocumented status, you're one of the people who we want in this city."


The guy's never met an anti-human position he won't advocate.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 17, 2007 9:32 AM
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GDS?

Posted by: Genecis at August 18, 2007 12:17 PM
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