I have been thinking about Giuliani and abortion during this discussion of Romney’s faith this week. If Hugh Hewitt and the various blogs for Romney think folks are raking Romney over the coals for his faith, they ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
Here’s the thing: when was the last time Republicans nominated a pro-abortion candidate for president? 1976. That was during the brief period between Roe and the Moral Majority when many evangelical Christians (even the Southern Baptist Convention) embraced the right to abortion. The abortion issue had not yet captivated the Republican Party.
These days, a pro-abortion Democrat Catholic (Kerry) receives a hard time from conservative Christians and orthodox Catholics. When one of their own — their “own” being the Republican Party because it is hospitable to the pro-life cause — calls himself Catholic and embraces abortion, the sense of betrayal will deepen.
What should Giuliani do? If he runs away from faith altogether, he alienates many primary voters and risks James Dobson deeming him “not a Christian.” If he embraces faith, he risks charges of hypocrisy and scandal. Either strategy should pose a substantial challenge to a Giuliani campaign.