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Wednesday, November 07, 2007


Holy smoking towers, Batman! Can this be right? Yup. I guess this means that all that pious Clinton bashing over private indiscretions was just a joke. Har har. Will anybody ask Rudy if he's embarrassed to be endorsed by a man who said that 9/11 was God's deserved wrath on NYC? Really, it just goes to show that all that religious right posturing was just a sham from the start, a cover for authoritarianism, the only thing these two men actually have in common. Aside from hypocrisy, torture porn, and a red elephant tattoo that is.


At 6:37 PM, Blogger Number Three said...

The question is, does this mean that Robertson has determined that Rudy is the GOP candidate most likely to win against HRC? I can't imagine that this decision--as patently cynical as it was--was motivated by anything else.

At 6:25 AM, Blogger Paul said...

If Il Rudy gets the GOP nod, there will be many x-ians who vote for Rudy as the perceived lesser of two evils. I still think, however, that it will split the Christian vote: many will not be happy campers, and either they will find a third-party candidate, or many will just stay home -- hopefully enough to give the Dems the edge.

PS -- If the GOP elects the pro-abortion, pro-gay Rudy, what excuse will the religious right have this time to vote Republican? Bombing Iran? Torture? Blocking health care for children? They seem to have completely ignored the message of their own religion's founder, who once boiled down his teachings to the phrase "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." I can't imagine that any of them would like to be bombed, tortured or to have their own kids go without health care.

At 7:45 AM, Blogger Number Three said...

I actually think that Rudy's own views on these issues are much less important than (1) his authoritarianism, and (2) his willingness to adopt the views of others to achieve power so that he can exercise (1). If Rudy wins, IOW, he won't be pro-choice or gay-friendly any more.

At 10:58 AM, Blogger tenaciousmcd said...

#3, you're right to say that Rudy's supposed social moderation is now lying dead, struck down by his fealty to the GOP base. That, along with a promise of wingnut justices, may satisfy PRobe. But it doesn't really answer the Christianist challenge, since authenticity is the coin of their realm.

It's not like PRobe lacked options. If he really cared about piety and propriety, he could have endorsed Huckabee. If he wanted those things, but with a greater chance of winning, he could have endorsed Romney, although he still would have had to suck it up on the values flip flop (and the Mormonism). Or he could have refused to endorse altogether. By choosing Rudy, he's let his hypocrisy flag fly, and lots of evangelicals will notice. I suspect that what we're seeing is the beginning of a meltdown on the religious right, where yesterday's leaders start losing their credibiity with the flock. Even cultists have limits to their loyalty.

I am interested in the idea that Rudy's the best bet for beating HRC. I'd say this is clearly wrong. Romney is the guy. He looks the part, he's utterly without shame, and he's not wired to self-destruct. Which raises this question: Is PRobe's bad judgment caused by (a) HRC hysteria, (b) fear of a Mormon planet, or (c) the fact that he's PRobe?


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