The End of Rudy
Rudy gives the final speech of his campaign in Houston
By Ben Domenech Posted in 2008 | Abortion | Rudy — Comments (119) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
In 1960, a certain Catholic politician from the Northeast came to Houston to speak to a group of Protestant leaders. John F. Kennedy spoke confidently and eloquently about his faith, the importance of bridging the gap between Protestants and Catholics. He convinced many supporters to join him that day, and he went on to win the White House.
Today, from the front row at Houston Baptist University, Rudy Giuliani seemed far less confident than JFK. He was more nervous and unsettled than we've ever seen him. He seemed to lose his place in his prepared remarks, and quickly abandoned them. He mopped his brow repeatedly. As soon as he said his piece on abortion, he was visibly relieved.
What he had to say was not what any pro-life American would hope for. He is resolutely holding to the position of John F. Kerry - personally opposed, politically in favor.
We should appreciate the Mayor's honesty. But that is all we should appreciate.
Rudy Giuliani is an honorable man, and an inspiring man. He has been an exceptional leader. He saved New York City from more than one tragedy, and helped it recover from another. I personally have an enormous amount of respect for the man, and I believe we all owe him our respect. But to understand the gravity of his speech this morning at Houston Baptist University is to understand why Rudy Giuliani should never be the President of the United States.
Given the nature of the times - when for the first time, a majority of Americans agree with the idea that abortions should not be allowed as an unlimited choice; when we are possibly one seat away from the reversal of regimes of Roe and Doe; when the forces for abortion are on the losing side of so many battles - Rudy Giuliani wants the Republican Party to endorse a man who holds virtually the same opinion on the abortion issue as Hillary Clinton. He is unwavering from a morally incoherent position that speaks of a conscience that recognizes wrong, but is unwilling to prevent that wrong.
Rudy Giuliani may have won a few people to his side today. But personal charisma alone won't get past the simple fact that the argument he is making is no different from the one we've heard from years from pro-abortion Catholic Democrats. As HBU President Robert Sloan noted in his opening introduction, the old rules of the 1960s have changed, and today Catholics and Protestants are united on issue after issue - particularly on the issue of the value of each and every human life.
For his part, Rudy Giuliani should be relieved. Houston was his last opportunity to show a willingness to embrace the majority of his party and his country on the defining moral issue of our time, or at the very least, allow for the idea that he could move on the issue to a point where a pro-life citizen could vote for him in good conscience.
Rudy made his choice. He should be happy with it. His campaign is over. He can go back to the speaking tour now.