So let's say you were running for President. Let's say you were a Republican. Let's go out on a limb and say that you are a pro-choice, anti-gun, pro-gay Republican (that would make you a species that's dying faster than the polar bears, but that's not the point). And let's say that you know that there's no way that you can become President without the radical right coming out for you.
What would you do?
If you were Rudy G. you would run straight into the arms of the wingnuttiest and bigoted people you could find. In this case it's Senator Rick "Women are happiest in the home" Santorum
, and Ralph "I want to feed all non-christians to lions" Reed.
It seems that Rudy is still smarting over Jerry Falwell's recent assertion that he could never endorse Giuliani
. So it's the logical thing to do right?
Raise money for a man who thinks that the priest abuse scandal originated in Boston becuase it's a liberal city (Santorum...“Priests, like all of us, are affected by culture, ... When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm.”
and the man who has equated homosexuality with bestiality (Santorum...“If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual (gay) sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery, ... You have the right to anything. Does that undermine the fabric of our society? I would argue yes, it does.”
And of course you have to spend time snuggling with Ralph Reed, the former head of the Chrisitan Coalition, and current candidate for Lt. Gov. in Georgia. A man who has made no secret about his belief that this country would be much better off if Christian extremists were running all of America's institutions.
These are the people to be scared of.
Rudy G. has joined John McCain in the sad group of scared politicians who stampede to extremists in order to keep their Presidential aspirations alive. Both these guys were once respected outside of their party because at one time they seemed different. They seemed like politicians with convictions and who weren't afraid to go against the fringes of their party. That time has passed.
I know a lot of liberals criticize Hillary, Mark Warner, and other candidates for being too in the "middle," but I'd rather have politicans on our side who rush to the center instead of politicians who rush to the far edges.