I was able to listen to most of Micheal Medved’s interview with Dick Morris today. One item of conversation that got my attention, is that the sudden surge of Rudy to a 41% to 24% lead over John McCain, in a recent poll of likely Republican voters, is that those identified as Evangelical Christians were now supporting Rudy in greater numbers. These are the current vote totals at Vote.com, where it is asked, in the right side column, if Rudy is too liberal to be the Republican nominee.
I find this somewhat baffling, but also realize not everyone is fully informed at this point, eventhough the election cycle has been accelerated due to the earlier primaries in ’08.
I had posted earlier, on the reservations I had about Rudy’s apparent lack of support of the Second Amendment, and there have been many articles and columns written about his pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, and other liberal views. In the interim, there have been reports about how he would make conservative judicial appointments, if he were President.
Candidates can and do say many things, when they aspire to high office, and many know they are only words intended to get them elected, and don’t get too upset when those words prove false. It is with that in mind, that I have to express my belief that we need to know everything about a potential candidate, before the nomination is made. One way we can know how a candidate will perform in office, is by looking at what they have done in past positions. I already indicated above how Rudy views the original Homeland Security Act, the Second Amendment, but in a report released today, we now have a better idea how he will behave in selecting judges, and yes the going in ‘drag’ is an issue. From The Politico.
“I would want judges who are strict constructionists because I am,” he told South Carolina Republicans last month. “Those are the kinds of justices I would appoint — Scalia, Alito and Roberts.”
A Politico review of the 75 judges Giuliani appointed to three of New York state’s lower courts found that Democrats outnumbered Republicans by more than 8 to 1. One of his appointments was an officer of the International Association of Lesbian and Gay Judges.
The entire piece is worth the read, and isn’t totally unflattering to Rudy, but is another ‘chink’ in his strengthening candidacy.
For a Republican candidate, all I want and expect, is a certified, genuine conservative, not one that is a poser or pretender to that ideology. Some might think I am unbending, and require an ideologically pure candidate, like the leftards do, and they may be right, but in order to preserve this nation, we can’t afford a liberal in office, regardless of the party that they are aligned with.
I do need to add, that I think Rudy is a good man, and he has my respect for the leadership he provided New York for many years, and when they needed him most, after the mufsidun attack on the World Trade Center. I do believe there are some positions in our government, that he could serve quite well in, just not the POTUS.