Rudy Giuliani, a contender for the presidency in 2008, is receiving an inordinate amount of positive attention. That's quite understandable since Rudy is charismatic, did a great job on the campaign trail for President Bush in 2004, and his phenomenal performance after 9/11 was much appreciated. However, likeable or not, having Rudy as the GOP's candidate in 2008 would be a big mistake.....
John details the many reasons a Giuliani would be a major set back for conservatives. Giuliani is pro-abortion and even supports partial birth abortion.
"I'm pro-choice. I'm pro-gay rights,Giuliani said. He was then asked whether he supports a ban on what critics call partial-birth abortions. "No, I have not supported that, and I don't see my position on that changing," he responded." -- CNN.com, "Inside Politics" Dec 2, 1999
Giuliani also supports gun control.
In the last couple of election cycles, 2nd Amendment issues have moved to the back burner mainly because even Democratic candidates have learned that being tagged with the "gun grabber" label is political poison.
Unfortunately, Rudy Giuliani is a proponent of gun control who supported the Brady Bill and the Assault Weapon Ban. Do Republicans really want to abandon their strong 2nd Amendment stance by selecting a pro-gun control nominee?
John goes on to point out that Giuliani is soft on gay marriage and is pro-illegal immigration. He also has a little problem on the family values front.
There has only been one man who has ever made it to the White House after being divorced and that was Ronald Reagan, who had been married to Nancy for more than 25 years before his campaign in 1980. Rudy, on the other hand, is on his third wife.
Furthermore, his second divorce from Donna Hanover was extremely ugly. Hanover accused Rudy of "open and notorious adultery." She also claimed Rudy had an affair with a staffer, Christyne Lategano-Nicholas, which both Giuliani and Lategano-Nicholas denied. However, Rudy has acknowledged that he started seeing his current wife, Judith Nathan, before his divorce from Hanover was finalized in 2002.
Given how recent this divorce was, Rudy's adultery, and the fact that he married, "the other woman," the press can be expected to cover Rudy's marriage to Hanover exhaustively if he gets the nomination and needless to say, Rudy, quite deservedly, will not come off very well.
Despite all of his charisma and the wonderful leadership he showed after 9/11, Rudy Giuliani is not a Reagan Republican. To the contrary, Giuliani is another Christie Todd Whitman, another Arlen Specter, another Olympia Snowe. He's a throwback to the "bad old days" before Reagan, when the GOP was run by moderate Country Club Republicans who considered conservatives to be extremists. Trying to revive that failed strategy again is likely to lead to a Democratic President in 2008 and numerous setbacks for the Republican Party.
In John's first paragraph he mentions the inordinate amount of attention Rudy Giuliani is getting. I agree. Conservatives need to pay attention to other potential candidates who are actually conservative.
John at Powerline makes a good case for Bill Frist.
When Republican voters start thinking seriously about a candidate for 2008, if they are concerned by the quirkiness of both John McCain--whom, by the way, Frist was careful to praise today--and Rudy Giuliani, should he run, and if they look for a more mainstream conservative candidate, Frist should be at the top of the heap. With all due respect to Senator George Allen, it would seem that Senator Frist has a more powerful claim on the loyalties of the party's faithful.
Consider me impressed.
Senator Frist is, like Ronald Reagan, a man of substance and accomplishment in two difficult fields. I wish he were remaining in the Senate, but salute him for keeping the promise he made his fellow Tennesseans in 1994 to limit himself to two terms. He is leaving Washington to rejoin his fellow Tennesseans while he ponders his future. He is a man with more contributions to make.
There are other conservatives, George Allen, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, to name a few, who would be much better than Giuliani (or John McCain).
The most pressing issue for us now is the War on Terror. Rudy Giuliani looks good on that issue. But the real conservatives mentioned above would be equally as good. Another critical issue is the appointment of federal judges, including Supreme Court justices. That's where Giuliani can do the most harm. We cannot afford any more liberal judges.