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Monday, May 14, 2007

Giuliani: DOA

This one post can pretty much sum up Fmr. New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's calculated decision to come out unabashedly pro-choice. Now he's come out with a more nuanced view on Supreme Court judges and abortion (Roe v. Wade). Giuliani wants "strict constructionist judges" that may or may not want to overturn the 35-year-old precedent.

I believe that this position will make Giuliani weak with conservatives because he's for allowing abortion and weak to Democrats because he wants to punt away the responsibility of dealing with Roe v. Wade. This is not a good way to win the Presidency.

Charles Krauthammer believes the exact opposite. He thinks that this is a strong, calculated move that could be the nail in the coffin for the other presidential contenders.

Maybe. But the American public is not interested in nuance. They want soundbites. They love soundbites. If soundbites and the American public could somehow get together and make babies, they would make a Mormon family or Whackette proud. Although there are millions of people who think like Giuliani, this will be spun by both sides to cater to their bases. Therefore, his explanation looks muddled and will be tossed to the side. I can hear the flatline right now...

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