Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Christian Supremacists May Not Get Their Way-Threaten To Throw Fit

It becomes more and more apparent as time goes on that Rudy Giuliani may in fact turn out to be the Republican Party’s candidate for president in 2008. This does not set well with the fanatical Christian wing of the party, given the fact that Giuliani is pro-choice, pro-gay rights, and pro-gun control. When Christian right leaders recently met at a gathering of their secretive organization Council for National Policy (CNP), the consensus was to withhold support from Giuliani if he becomes the party’s nominee, and possibly field a third party challenger against him. More pragmatic members of the GOP point out that such a move would virtually guarantee a Clinton victory. But as James Dobson (a key CNP leader) points out, this a matter of morals for the Christian far right, not one of political expediency:

“Speaking as a private citizen and not on behalf of any organization or party, I cannot, and will not, vote for Rudy Giuliani in 2008. It is an irrevocable decision. If given a Hobson's – Dobson's? – choice between him and Sens. Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, I will either cast my ballot for an also-ran – or if worse comes to worst – not vote in a presidential election for the first time in my adult life. My conscience and my moral convictions will allow me to do nothing else.”

Randall Terry, a rabid anti-abortion leader, recently stated that he would in fact prefer a Democratic presidential triumph in 2008 rather than see Rudy Giuliani emerge victorious:

“As President Giuliani would be the de-facto head of the GOP; he would systematically destroy the political power of the pro-life movement within the GOP; he would pressure the party to take the pro-life plank out of the party platform; he would declare the "abortion issue" is divisive, and should not be part of federal races; he would make the GOP the mirror image of the DNC regarding child-killing, thus insuring that there is no pro-life party…An enemy outside your camp makes you vigilant; an enemy in your tent makes you dead. Hillary would unite us, and she could be defeated in 4 years; Giuliani would destroy the cohesion of the right wing.”

Pat Buchanan, a key leader on America’s extreme right, perhaps put it most eloquently when he described why he could never support Giuliani, and neither should the GOP:

“A Giuliani presidency would represent repudiation by the party of the moral, social and cultural content that, with anti-communism, once separated it from liberal Democrats and defined it as an institution. Rudy offers the right the ultimate Faustian bargain: retention of power at the price of one's soul.”


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