Friday, December 22, 2006

Can Giuliani Win Over Conservatives?

As jockeying for the 2008 presidential race heats up, the GOP candidates for the most part are flying under the media radar, especially with the nauseating fawning over The Pantsuit and Obama.

I've been of the belief for some time that Rudy Giuliani's fairly liberal social positions won't necessarily harm him in the primaries, considering the current state of affairs in the world. I could care less about his positions on abortion or gun control when the survival of our nation is at stake. In the Washigton Times today, Ralph Z. Hallow says Giuliani's star power may be enough to win over conservatives.
Social conservatives -- contrary to conventional wisdom -- will seriously consider supporting the Republican presidential aspirations of Rudolph W. Giuliani even though he's a pro-choice, anti-gun New Yorker, political analysts and operatives say.

Republicans in the early primary states in the South and the West may disagree with Mr. Giuliani's stance on abortion and gun control, but they admire his response to the September 11 attacks and, more importantly, they think he can win in November.

Scott Malyerck, executive director of the Republican Party in South Carolina, an early primary test, said voters recognize Mr. Giuliani as a strong, decisive leader and a decision maker.

"John McCain and Mitt Romney have been working hard in South Carolina over the past year," Mr. Malyerck said. "Even though Rudy Giuliani has not formally gotten his campaign up and going, he has been treated like a rock star across the state at rallies and fundraisers alike."

Mr. Giuliani leads every other Republican -- including Mr. McCain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and outgoing Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney -- in national and many state presidential preference polls of Republican voters.

Others, meanwhile, aren't so sure.
Giuliani skeptics admit he's their party's top attraction for 2008, but some remain adamant in their opposition.
"If Rudy Giuliani -- who is wrong on all of the social issues as well as the Second Amendment and is a blank slate on most other important issues such as judges, taxes and size of government -- is the Republican presidential nominee, I would expect a mass exit of most conservatives from the Republican Party in 2008," warns Richard A. Viguerie, a prominent conservative-movement fundraiser and author.

"Which means if the Republican Party continues to move away from being the party of small government and traditional values, they will cease to be a viable alternative to the Democratic Party, and a new conservative party will certainly arise to be their replacement."

Read the rest. I believe when push comes to shove and were Giuliani the nominee, those on the right will look beyond niche issues and realize we cannot have another disastrous Clinton presidency.

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