Saturday, May 12, 2007

Aborting the Presidential Aspirations of Rudy Giuliani

By John W. Lillpop

To those harboring any lingering doubts about Rudy Giuliani’s liberal credentials on issues like abortion, gun control, gay rights, and immigration, the Republican presidential aspirant cleared the air on May 11 in Houston, Texas.

In a speech to a conservative audience at Houston Baptist College, Giuliani argued that his moderate position is essential to unifying the party in 2008.

“If we don’t find a way of uniting around broad principles that will appeal to a large segment of this country, if we can’t figure that out, we are going to lose this election,” he said.

Without saying so directly, Giuliani’s intent was to warn conservatives that yet another Clinton presidency looms as a real possibility unless the party rallies around his candidacy.

NY Times:

Thinking conservatives were quick to observe that a Giuliani administration would be nearly as harmful to America’s future as a Hillary Clinton administration would be.

In fact, assuming the GOP regains majority control of Congress in 2008, a Hillary Clinton presidency might actually be better because conservatives would be free to fight liberal programs tooth and nail.

On the other hand, a Giuliani administration might stifle conservatives in their opposition to liberal foolishness because of party loyalty, as has been the case in the six plus years of the Bush administration.

Giuliani’s mea culpa should also serve as the death knoll for his presidential aspirations. Conservatives must refuse to be bullied or fooled by liberals dressed in moderate clothing, especially those flaunting the H word.

Conservatives need to work diligently to elect a true conservative. Finding a clone of Ronald Reagan may not be possible, but finding a reasonable facsimile should be.

How does a Ron Paul administration sound?

John Lillpop is a recovering liberal.