There is a case to be made that nominating Mitt Romney, even if insincere, would be better for social conservatives than nominating openly pro-choice, pro-domestic partnership Rudy Giuliani. Nominating Romney, who was forced to abandon his pro-choice position and other socially moderate/liberal views, could be seen as a sign of social conservative power within the party. Nominating Giuliani, who would be the first pro-choice Republican presidential nominee since the religious right became a well organized GOP faction, could be interpreted as a sign of social conservative weakness.
I'm not sure I'm persuaded by this case, but there it is.
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