Thursday, April 27, 2006
One is "America's Mayor," the other is the nation's senior governor.
But ask conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly what chance either Rudolph Giuliani or George Pataki has of capturing the 2008 Republican presidential nomination and her answer comes quickly:
"Not much," Schlafly said. "I don't think Giuliani or Pataki will resonate with grass-roots Republicans or Midwest Republicans. They are SO New York."
Schlafly's out-of-hand dismissal of the former New York city mayor and the three-term New York governor mirrors what pollsters and pundits contend: Giuliani and Pataki, supporters of abortion and gay rights as well as tough gun control laws, are too liberal for the conservative Republicans who tend to dominate the presidential primaries.
To quote a New Yorker, "Fuhgetaboutit."
That reality has not deterred Giuliani or Pataki. Both are exploring possible bids and making the necessary rounds of the early voting states.
Pataki, who decided not to seek a fourth term this year, planned stops in New Hampshire on Thursday and Friday. He is to give the keynote address at Delaware's state GOP convention on Saturday.
Giuliani travels to Iowa on Monday to help Rep. Jim Nussle's campaign for governor and will deliver a motivational speech in Des Moines. The next day, the former mayor headlines a National Republican Senatorial Committee fundraiser in Washington.
Both have carefully crafted story lines: Giuliani, the resolute leader in the face of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001; Pataki, the Republican who won three terms in an overwhelmingly Democratic state. Omitted from the biographies is any mention of their longtime policies.
"When was the last time Republicans nominated a pro-abortion, pro-gay rights Northeasterner with an iffy record on taxes and spending?" asked Nelson Warfield, an aide to Bob Dole's failed 1996 Republican presidential campaign. "That's the hurdle both Giuliani and Pataki face."
Abortion is the critical issue for both.
Good to see that some conservatives are starting to see the light when it comes to Giuliani.
Because not only is Rudolph Giuliani pro-abortion, pro-gay rights and a renowned adulterer. But having had to live with him for 8 years, I can also state for a fact that he's a racist.
Posted by Mr. Grey Ghost at 2:24 PM