How Redstate has convinced me NOT to support Rudy Giuliani
Reading through the comments on the presidential threads (I’ve only read about half of the billion or so that have popped) up when I see conservatives debating whether or not they could support Rudy Giuliani in the primary, I’ve noticed a lot of common themes:
“I could support Giuliani but only if he picks a conservative running mate (and/or let’s his VP pick the judicial nominees)”
“I could support Giuliani but only if he says that Roe versus Wade was bad law and should be overturned.”
“I could support Giuliani but only if he promises to get tough on illegal immigration and repudiates his prior support for making New York a “shield city.”
“I could support Giuliani but only if he comes out against gun control and repudiates his support for the assault weapons ban, the Brady Bill, and the lawsuits he filed against the gun industry.”
“I could support Giuliani but only if he supports . . . “
You notice a trend? A lot of people who say that they could support Rudy Giuliani (and many who say that they are supporting Giuliani) are doing so on the expectation that he will promise to do something that is pretty much the opposite of what he’s actually done as Mayor or have asked him in effect to repudiate his previously stated beliefs.
The problem with that approach is twofold – first you aren’t really supporting the candidate but the candidate that you wish was in front of you. In which case, who really is it that you think you’re voting for>
And second, if you have a hope or expectation that he really is a different person than who he is, any promises he makes (or you think he’s making) such as appointing “strict constructionists” to the court really isn’t the promise you think he’s making – but rather the promise you wish he was making.
One of the best pieces of advice my mother ever gave me about marriage was “don’t marry a person expecting to change them.” If you support Rudy Giuliani as he actually is and not with the expectation that he’s different than who he is then I wish you best of luck. But if you’re considering voting for Giuliani because you expect him to do anything different or at least promise to act differently, then I am afraid you are setting yourself up for a nasty divorce.