Via David at Catholics in the Public Square
Nate Nelson has fired up a new blog called Catholic? Rudy Watch. His mission? Oppose the candidacy of Rudy Giuliani for president. As many know, Rudy "disagrees" with Church teachings in re: to abortion, protecting marriage, and ESCR. Looks like Nate wants Catholics to get to know the real Rudy. Great idea Nate!
Reminds one of Catholic[?] Kerry Watch which Christopher, Jeff, and Oswald contributed to during the 2004 presidential campaign.
The thought of Rudy Giuliani running for President gives me gas pains. I don’t think he can make it through the primaries when so much of what he endorses is so blatantly liberal in the modern sense. But I am definitely not looking forward to conservatives supporting him with the "but he is strong on defense" excuse. Kerry in GOP clothing isn’t much better than the original. I hope a campaign of "Tough on Crime, Tough on unborn Babies" just doesn’t resonate.
Out of the current possibles only Sen. Brownback could receive my full support. But historically Senators just don’t make good presidential candidates and I don’t rate his chances very high. But I would certainly love seeing a Catholic convert whose positions don’t make me squirm become President. If it happened though I think Bush Derangement Syndrome would be mild compared to hatred aimed at a President Brownback where you would think his middle name had become "Theocracy." I don’t think the know-nothings would have anything on the type of rhetoric you would see associated with a serious Brownback run.
what about Santorum? He’s pretty solid also? Are we already giving up on him because he’s facing a tough challenge in Pennsylvania?
Rudy G will be tough to beat because he’ll probably win New York. You can bet he’ll take great pains to remind all of us he’s “America’s Mayor” and “Man of the Year” and remember 9/11 etc. etc. In other words, remember all that and forget about his affair, his nasty divorce, his attempt at removing the homeless, his pro-abortion stance.
But, that said, even I’d vote for him over Hillary.
Maybe I’ll just vote for Yoda, if Hillary and Rudy end up being my only choices.
Rudy also has problems with RKBA (the 2nd Amendment)
Altogether, a turkey.
I would love to see KS Senator Sam Brownback run for President. There is a wonderful blog — Catholics for Senator Brownback http://catholicsforbrownback.blogspot.com/ which highlights his activities and achievements.
We, as Catholics, need to stand behind our faithful Catholic Congressman like Senator Brownback and do all we can to support him and promote him. We need to reclaim the “Catholic vote.”
I have to agree. From what I know so far, a Brownback ticket is something I would get very excited about. Unfortunately the Catholic bashing would take less than one bat of an eyelash to get into full swing.
Unfortunately, the other expected options aren’t so good – Rudy, for reasons we all know, and McCain who keeps moving further left with each passing year. Romney is an interesting possibility, particularly if he could carry Mass. but I don’t think people are interested in a Mormon president either. We’re all so enlightened, don’t you know.
Romney has been becoming more and more pro-life recently…vetoing ESCR bills in MA, publicly denouncing abortion, trying to stop gay marriage. He would have my vote over any of those guys, except Brownback.
Brownback is bold. I heard him speak at the YAF conference last week and I can easily say that he is by far the best Senator in the House bar none and the most pro-life and pro-family. However, I don’t think he has a chance of winning the primaries, although he can serve the valuable purpose of shifting the terms of the debate to these important issues. But the secular media will pounce on his Catholicism, even though the fact that he is a convert from Evangelical Christianity would likely help him with those types of Protestants. However, I think that NOW and NARAL will come after him with their pitchforks if he does run. Plus his being a supernumerary in Opus Dei doesn’t exactly help him with the DaVinci Code set…
It’s not too hard to be “by far the best Senator in the House bar none” when there are no Senators in the House.
A very hard choice indeed. I doubt if someone who called Cardinal O’Connor his mentor would be so terrible for the church as our nation’s next president. I would guess that Gulliani would be pro-life in that he would not campaign for abortion. There is a Catholic side to Gulliani that we have not seen, and if it weren’t for his abortion and gay marriage positions, I would be one of his greatest supporters.
But, with the alternatives, maybve our choice would be the least of 2 evils: Clinton or Gulliani. Now, in that case, supporting Gullani would be the better of these two choices.
Thanks, Jeff, for the link.
While I’m here, I do want to make clear that Catholic? Rudy Watch is not setup to oppose Rudy Giuliani’s candidacy if he should get the Republican nomination, only to prevent him from getting the nomination in the first place. If he did get the nomination, I’m not sure if the blog would continue or how (or if) I would vote in the general election — but I agree that he is better than Sen. Clinton, and I would never vote for her.
As for who’s better than Rudy in the Republican primaries — really, who isn’t? Even John McCain is more conservative and more pro-life than Giuliani.
How about Scott Hahn for President and Mike Pence for Vice-President?
If Brownback has a strong showing in the primaries then he may be Giuliani’s pick for VP to “shore up the base”.
Better than nothing.
What happened to George Allen? No one here has mentioned him. Is he still in the running for the Republican nomination? I’ve heard good things about him, and while he certainly isn’t as good as Brownback, he is probably more electable.
That is “House” as in “that particular House (or chamber) of Congress” (not uncommon hear people using the term “Both Houses of Congress”). I happen to be living on the Hill at the moment, and that snarky condescencion not terribly appreciated.
That said, George Allen would be a decent choice, although he seems to have all of Bush’s weaknesses and none of his strengths. My heart is with Brownback, but my head is with Romney as long as he can bury that “tar baby” gaffe. I’m afraid that McCain would be a turncoat to prolifers and other conservative groups and Rudy doesn’t stand a chance with the primary “values voters.”
BillyHW — If Brownback has a strong showing in the primaries then he may be Giuliani’s pick for VP to “shore up the base”.
Well, I guess it would be better than nothing, but I still think it would be better not to have Giuliani at all. After all, President Giuliani would be the one making the policy decisions. Vice President Brownback wouldn’t have anything to say about it.
I really don’t know who I favor in the primaries yet, I just know that I’m against Giuliani.