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Jim Antle, Joseph Lawler and, in the comments section of my post, Steven Ertelt, the founder and editor of Life News, all make very fair and convincing points about Rudolph Giuliani’s position re: abortion. And, in light of their responses, I think it’s fair to say that I have, indeed, engaged in some wishful thinking and self-projection, as Joe says. Giuliani simply does not seem to be as operationally pro-life as I had hoped.
And that’s a shame, because as a GOP presidential candidate, Giuliani has real potential to shatter the Democratic coalition, He certainly has the potential to appeal to blue collar Reagan Democrats, whose allegiance likely will make or break the Republican Party in November 2012.
As the American Enterprise Institute’s Henry Olsen points out in National Review, “Non-whites’ increased share of the electorate has left the GOP heavily dependent on substantial majorities among blue-collar whites for even a shot at victory. To win, Republicans have to learn what makes Joe Six-Pack tick.”
Rudy knows what makes blue collar ethnics tick. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to know what makes conservative primary voters tick. He seems to have needlessly staked out an extreme-left position on abortion, which is guaranteed to incite the active opposition of pro-life activists.
I still hold out the hope (alright, maybe it’s a political fantasy) that Giuliani’s position on abortion is sufficiently ambiguous and ill-defined that, with considerable effort, he could yet woo pro-life voters — or at least stop them from actively opposing him.
But to do that, Rudy would have to oppose, for example, taxpayer funding of abortion. Unfortunately, there’s no indication that Giuliani understands this or is prepared to adjust his political sails accordingly. And, until he does, he never will be president.
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?
H/T to National Review Online