Giuliani’s federalism isn’t weak for the reasons Ambinder gives. It is fake because it contradicts his support for Roe. By touting federalism, pro-lifers are supposed to take heart that he would promote policies or legal interpretations that would enable some states to restrict abortion. But if he still supports Roe, or at least think it is a legitimate conclusion under any theory of robust federalism, his federalism rings hollow. His continued support for Roe and federal funding of abortion reveals his “federalism” talk as a wink and a nod.
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