I never thought I’d write these words in this order, but this Ryan Sager column is unfair to Rudy Giuliani. There are many more Republican primary voters who backed Giuliani because they believed he was tough on terror than wanted him to run against the Christian right. And how does a campaign that wrote off South Carolina and most states south of the Mason Dixon line other than Florida qualify as pursuing a Southern strategy?
Sager accuses Giuliani of running a “hard right campaign” in New Hampshire and “dueling with Romney over who hates immigrants more.” The first statement shows that “hard right” must be a relative term. The second is just an absurd characterization of a debate over illegal immigration. The stuff about “sanctuary mansions” wasn’t all that presidential and the debate did occasionally descend into pointless chest-thumping, but illegal immigration is a legitimate issue — not just a Republican “tear against immigrants” — and the candidates had differences over how to deal with it.
Although early voters in Florida may make a fool out of me tomorrow, my view is that Giuliani has pursued a dumb strategy for winning the nomination. A pundit who views much of the Republican primary electorate as bigots and kooks isn’t in the best position to advise him on a better one.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?