Giuliani Continues Rightward Tack for 2008
by Scott Shields, Thu Sep 08, 2005 at 03:11:17 PM EDT
In a visit to Cincinnati on Wednesday, Giuliani said Winburn is the guy to do it.
"I'm really impressed with Mr. Winburn," Giuliani said.
One wonders if it's Winburn's theories of governance such as this that so impress Rudy:We Christians must clean up politics. It is our job to elect only born-again believers to public office. If office holders aren't Christian and refuse to obey the laws of God, we must work hard, under the law, to unseat them."
While a powerful bloc of the Republican base may think that it's their "job to elect only born-again believers," that's certainly not consistent with Rudy's history in politics. One wonders if Winburn would have supported Giuliani's candidacy for Mayor of New York. First of all, as a Roman Catholic, Rudy doesn't meet Winburn's most important born-again criteria. But some Catholic politicians like Rick Santorum certainly hew to the Christian Right's political line, so one can imagine Winburn overlooking the distinction.
Can endorsing a raft of far right candidates around the country help Giuliani erase his record of social liberalism in the eyes of the Winburn set? On the issues most important to them, probably not. In 1998, Giuliani signed into law one of the nation's first domestic partnership laws. In 1999, on CNN's 'Inside Politics,' Giuliani declared, "I'm pro-choice. I'm pro-gay rights." Those would seem to be definite sticking points.
In order to have a shot at winning the GOP nomination, this is exactly the kind of personal hypocrisy he'll need to engage in. Rather than engaging in debate about his differences with his party, Giuliani will suck up to any and every extremist candidate he can, trying to beef up his right wing credentials. Post-Bush, I'm starting to think that the Republican Party just might be willing to give him a pass if they think he can win. But this kind of flip-flopping will likely wreck his chances with moderates if he makes it to the general election.