I guess we will find out.
When asked directly Wednesday if he still supported the use of public funding for abortions, Giuliani said “Yes.”
“If it would deprive someone of a constitutional right,” he explained, “If that’s the status of the law, yes.”
All of the reasonable caveats in the world (click the link for the rest) won’t nuance Rudy’s gaffe. For me, I don’t care that much about abortion as an issue. Mostly I figure that any politician who supports my primary issues* won’t screw up the abortion issue either. So far it has worked out pretty well. No doubt some liberals care more about abortion than anything, but I don’t know how many there are and it’s not like Edwards, Obama or Clinton will give them a compelling reason not to vote Democratic. I don’t see how much Rudy gains in return for jamming his thumb down hard on the most hardwired rightwing hot-button issue for most cultural conservatives.
Like all Pavlovian responses, abortion isn’t something that Rudy can reason away with these guys. Once they hear the magic words blockquoted here no speeches at Falwell’s wingnut university will bring them back.
(*) Was the environment, now it’s the US effing Constitution.
Amazingly, the rest of the bench looks even worse. The base detests John McCain. Why shouldn’t they? He tried to switch parties twice. Mitt Romney’s flip-flops make John Kerry look like John Adams. Brownback has no traction, Huckabee has no money and nobody else has declared yet. Honestly, it’s no wonder that Republican donors sat on their hands this year. If the only thing you get for your money is a few feathers on the guy about to be tossed in the volcano, why bother?
I have been informed that Joe Biden and Tom Tancredo are also running for president. Huh.