The Catholics Against Rudy website has been officially launched now. It also applies to real conservatives against Rudy. Rudy’s Catholicism is a side issue to the disaster Rudy would be for the country. You can learn a lot about somebody by what hey are willing to overlook and the fact that Rudy still leads for the most part in the polls show a real problem. Hey if you are strong on the War on Terror we will overlook the fact that on social issues you are indistinguishable from Hillary Clinton.
The political problem with now having lived with the legality of abortion for so long is that people are getting complacent and not seeing it as the number one evil of our times. If Rudy Giuliani was a racist, but strong on the War on Terror would he be leading in the polls. If he said he would select judges who were not racist, but at the same time said that a strict constructionalist might find racism being allowed in the Constitution he would have been figuratively run out of town by now. Yet this is basically what he says about abortion. As evil as racism is, abortion is several magnitudes higher on the moral scale. Plus the idea the Giuliani thinks that a strict constructionalist can find abortion in the Constitution hiding there in privacy rights shows he has no idea what the term means. The excuse that he will pick good judges to appease the base is nonsense since he has been quite confrontational on the subject in his primary campaign. I am glad that he has been honest on this and has not flip-flopped just to get elected, though why should we believe that he will flip-flop once he does get elected and vote for what the base wants on abortion and other social issues? Rudy is telegraphing all of his punches and they seem to be directed at pro-lifers and other social conservatives.
I think if I hear the use of the world "big tent" in regards to Mayor Giuliani one more time I will scream. The idea that the GOP is a big tent is an idea that only goes so far. Circuses are also in big tents and considering Rudy’s three marriages I guess that would make it a "three ring" circus. Either the GOP’s platform means something or it is totally empty and the idea that a front runner candidate could select no on so much of it shows that it must mean nothing. The cry of the GOP during the Clinton years was "Character matters!" which I guess should have been "Character matters, unless we perceive you would be strong on defense."
The other argument that I detest is that he could win again Hillary. Hey lets just throw out all of our values so we can win! Wow that would be a great victory! What’s the difference between a New York Conservative and a New York Democrat? I don’t know either.
Then for Catholics there is of course the issue is the Rudy is just the GOP’s version of John Kerry as far as the faith goes. From one report I read is that the Mayor does not receive Communion even though the does go to Mass. His first marriage was annulled, but not his second. So at least there won’t be that issue to contend with as during the Kerry campaign.
I had hopped by now that Giuliani’s campaign would be taking the same dive as John McCain’s. Sen. McCain is a least somewhat pro-life, but he has annoyed the base by his contrary stands which really aren’t much different that what Rudy has done with the base. They are also both strong on national defense so I don’t see why Giuliani can be perceived so much better than McCain when the Senator’s record is much more conservative. I just hope that it is because many have a positive idea of America’s Mayor and don’t realize just how much of a liberal he really is. Now as for John McCain I am certainly not in his camp either and am quite glad he is falling by the wayside.