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Giuliani makes a move

Part of the Bush base loves him, but does he play in Peoria?
The AP reported yesterday that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has filed the paperwork to form the "Rudy Giuliani Presidential Exploratory Committee, Inc., establishing a panel that would allow him to raise money for a White House run and travel the country."

In response, I offered to explore his chances for him on the spot for a buck and a pack of smokes:
Pro gun-control: No chance.
LGBT friendly: No chance.
Pro-choice: No chance.
I smoke Marlboro Lights. Thanks.
Steve at No More Mister Nice Blog, one of my favorite bloggers, disagrees with me. Not only does he think that Rudy's infamous appearances in drag won't hurt him, but also that "Righties love a guy who wears jackboots as comfortably as Giuliani does -- they instinctively know he's a my-way-or-the-highway kind of guy and it really moistens their knickers." Ha.

You know, I think Steve's absolutely right that about a particular contingent of the Bush base, the ones who spend their time blogging empassioned if intellectually bankrupt defenses of Bush's varied and plentiful demonstrations of his contempt for the rule of law. But I'm not so sure that the religious right sector of the Bush base, who themselves haven't exactly appeared turned off by jackbooted thuggery, will be as generous in overlooking Rudy's positions on gun control, abortion, and gay rights, his well-known open affair, and his having lived with two gay men. After all, these are the people who are mad at Bush for not being conservative and religious enough.

If the conservative evangelicals deliver on their promise to abandon the GOP out of frustration with having only been delivered repeated votes on the Federal Marriage Amendment, 19 state marriage amendments, two anti-abortion SCOTUS appointments, the decimation of comprehensive sex education, and the distribution of millions of tax dollars to approved "faith-based" programs (for a start), then Rudy might have a chance. If they hold their ground and use their weight to continue to influence the party that has shown a willingness to be influenced by them, Rudy's got a long, difficult road ahead of him.

(No More Mister Nice Blog)
Melissa McEwan writes and edits the blog Shakespeare's Sister.