Rudy Gambles On Abortion
Adam Nagourney pens an interesting piece for the NYT today wherein he reports that the Giuliani campaign has decided to try and win the GOP nomination by focusing on the bigger states and running away from the social conservatives. Guiliani will no longer try and dodge his support for abortion rights, and will confirm that he supports a woman’s right to choose, risking the backlash from the far right. It comes at a time when even the Romney campaign admitted that his wife has given money to Planned Parenthood, and he says that whatever his wife thinks and supports is not relevant to his campaign. Ouch.
Obviously Giuliani is making a huge bet here, and is daring a conservative to try and stop him, whether that be John McCain or Fred Thompson. He’s running a general election campaign in the primaries by focusing now on electability rather than pleasing the base. But does Giuliani gain by stoking an intraparty fight like this throughout the early stages of the campaign, giving McCain and Thompson the opening to pander even more to the evangelical right wing base of the party? Perhaps he does.
But in the Nagourney story, I noted this quote from the Michigan party chair:
“We have so many candidates out there — and there is no one emerging candidate — that electability is clearly an issue, and people are judging that,” said Saul Anuzis, the Michigan Republican Party chairman. “There is a pretty big fear with respect to a President Hillary Clinton and even Barack Obama. And people saying we want to make sure we can beat them.”
I understand how Hillary scares the wits out of Republicans everywhere, but what exactly scares the GOP partisans into an all-hands-on-deck effort to stop him? Is it because he is black?