To borrow from a Las Vegas promo, "what happens in New York needs to stay in New York" - Giuliani included.
My immediate concern isn't for just the 2008 election process, but what nominating a self-professed liberal such as Giuliani says to Conservatives and rightly tilted RINO's and Democrats of our nation. It says, "It's okay to make laws regulating our rights to gun ownership, even regulating them out of our hands. It's okay to make laws requiring objecting citizens to federally fund abortions - even partial birth abortions inclusive. It's okay to make laws requiring all citizens not only accept, but promote the homosexual agenda. and It's okay making laws to not only open the US borders to criminal invaders, but to force taxpayer funding their sustenance while they're here." It implies to all leaders by default, "Those Conservative ideals once treasured are no longer important, so don't concern yourself with defending them any longer." It says we accept and embrace the policies, past and present, of Giuliani.
I'm not willing to make that statement expressly nor implicitly to those entrusted to defend Conservative hallmarks of present and past Patriots, those ideals we've struggled just to accomplish and maintain.
It's sad to see those of the GOP focused only upon 2008 and not the bigger picture - the message both halls of Congress will hear with a liberal like Giuliani on a supposedly "CONSERVATIVE" ticket. As for me and for that reason, Rudolph Giuliani is a non-starter - a "not in any circumstance" candidate. I'm adult enough to know, as the Republican Presidency goes, so goes the party and what it values.
Truly, I cannot easily reconcile the territorial divide that separates Rudy's values from those I hold dear - there's simply too much compromise to be made on HIS part and too much to be made upon MINE for me to render my support to him OR THE PARTY that would embrace him.
Preferably, Giuliani will implode under the weight of his own liberal record before the primaries. We'll just have to wait and see...
Principles are very important. Right now politics is in command with attacks flying everywhere and especially on blogs like this one.
I'm analyzing while realizing the situation conservatives are in.
Right now we lack a dynamic leader who articulates conservative principle consistently in a way that trumps the liberal media and can win an election.
"- even partial birth abortions inclusive"
Rudy's position on PBA is the same as Duncan Hunters...FR's darling.