..What exactly is going on here? Sure, Mitt Romney’s Latter Day Sainthood is creeping out some of the base and so makes for an irresistible target. But what of the heavy breathing over Thompson’s Jesus credentials or, weirder still, Brownback’s–a man so ostentatiously devout I feel the urge to genuflect every time I see him on C-SPAN. The answer to this puzzle lies in who most notably is not getting tarred in this religious war: Rudy Giuliani. I mean, if Thompson’s degree of protestant zeal is of concern to a single soul, one might reasonably expect the serially unfaithful, thrice-wed, pro-gay, proudly pro-choice New Yorker–quite possibly the shabbiest Catholic in the history of the modern church–to be burned in effigy daily by the party’s wingnuts.
But for now, it seems the ideologically heretical Giuliani is regarded as an entirely different animal, and so the rest of the pack is busy jockeying to be the base-friendly non-Rudy in this race. I mean, why bother picking on Giuliani’s spiritual shortcomings when America’s Mayor is already taking a beating for the full range of his noxiously liberal views on conservative websites like Redstate.com and RightWingNews.com? Best to set yourself up as the conservative alternative and hope that eventually Rudy goes the way of the once formidable, now barely conscious McCain campaign…
Well I will not be crossing the Rudy con.
The New Republic’s rhetoric is pretty much over the top since Rudy in pretty much a GOP version of John Kerry. Though as I have said before I find it quite sad that Giuliani can even be considered a front running candidate considering both this Republican and personal failings.
For one you can’t trust anybody who has to appoint a committee to help him pick out ahead of time potential Supreme Court appointees. This is like telling voters that you can’t trust him to appoint what they see as a good justice and he has to hand it over to others to make voters more confident in this. Though this is exactly the reality of the situation and if we couldn’t trust him to pick out Supreme Court justices, how in the world would you want him running the Country?
Now as a pessimistic-optimist I do hope that as people realling learn how far Mayor Giuliani is from the base of the party that they will start to realize what a disaster his nomination would be.