Thursday, October 04, 2007

No President Giuliani

There's a lot to fear in the GOP slate, but at least we don't have to worry about a President Giuliani (emphases mine):
The Values Test - James Dobson - New York Times

...REPORTS have surfaced in the press about a meeting that occurred last Saturday in Salt Lake City involving more than 50 pro-family leaders. The purpose of the gathering was to discuss our response if both the Democratic and Republican Parties nominate standard-bearers who are supportive of abortion. Although I was neither the convener nor the moderator of the meeting, I’d like to offer several brief clarifications about its outcome and implications. After two hours of deliberation, we voted on a resolution that can be summarized as follows: If neither of the two major political parties nominates an individual who pledges himself or herself to the sanctity of human life, we will join others in voting for a minor-party candidate. Those agreeing with the proposition were invited to stand. The result was almost unanimous...

...The other approach, which I find problematic, is to choose a candidate according to the likelihood of electoral success or failure. Polls don’t measure right and wrong; voting according to the possibility of winning or losing can lead directly to the compromise of one’s principles. In the present political climate, it could result in the abandonment of cherished beliefs that conservative Christians have promoted and defended for decades. Winning the presidential election is vitally important, but not at the expense of what we hold most dear...
The Dobson article, despite the laughable reference to "both ... Parties", is all about Giuliani. I'd assumed that the conservative right would sacrifice their core values for the tribe, but Dobson is saying it ain't so. They would prefer honorable defeat to complete betrayal of all they've fought for. So even though the vote wasn't unanimous, it's a stake in the ground. Given Romney's immense personal wealth, and his willingness to spend it on his campaign, I assume the nominee will be Romney.

But how will the religious right feel about the first non-Christian president since Jefferson?

These are dark days for both the GOP and the religious right, but I feel cheerier.

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