March 09, 2007
Don't Count Out Conservatives
Thereâ€™s a secret within the news businessâ€”a secret probably only veteran reporters and their friends know, but would be loathe to admitâ€”reporters donâ€™t really like surprises.
Now, that might seem an odd statement to make about people who make their living pushing news. But the unexpected can really mess up the story youâ€™ve just written, which, in turn, can cause you more work, more stress, and more time at your computer terminal.
As a result of this phenomenon, once the major media have anointed a front-runner for President, they donâ€™t like a maverick honing in on hisâ€”or this year, herâ€”territory. They want to defend their choice for a given partyâ€™s nominee because, if some upstart actually makes a contest out of it, it could play havoc with their work schedules.
Consequently, itâ€™s not surprising that the mainstream media would just like to see Republicans anoint Rudolph Giuliani as their standard-bearer and be done with it. After all, heâ€™s leading in public opinion polls, he makes for good copy, and the media can have a field day with his various attempts at cross-dressing.
And there are those outside the liberal mainline mediaâ€”talk show hosts known for their conservatismâ€”who are rooting for Rudy too. They are touting the fact that he â€œcut more taxes than any (other) mayor in New York City history,â€ as his website proudly boasts. His predecessor bequeathed to him a $2.3 billion dollar budget deficit which he parlayed into a multi-billion-dollar surplus. He earned a reputation for cleaning up New York, cracking down on crime in an attempt to make the city livable again.
Still, the man whoâ€™s been dubbed â€œAmericaâ€™s Mayorâ€ may not have what it takes to be â€œAmericaâ€™s President.â€ For one thing, he lacks authentic conservative credentials. While Giuliani can claim that he would appoint a Roberts- or Alito-type to the U.S. Supreme Court, heâ€™s pro-abortion. That means heâ€™s beholden to the abortion faction in our nationâ€”a faction that believes partial-birth abortion should be considered in the same light as gum surgery. Once Republicans regain control of Congress, itâ€™s tough to imagine Giuliani signing legislation that would offer any sort of protection to unborn children.
In addition, Giuliani is not in a position to defend family values, given his history of defending special rights for people who actively engage in a homosexual lifestyle. As Michael Long of the New York state Conservative Party said in 2004, â€œI just donâ€™t see Rudy Giuliani being able to sway conservatives within the Republican Party. The gay marriage issue draws a line down the middle of the street, and Rudy Giuliani is something of a champion of gay rights.â€ As mayor of New York, Giuliani signed a â€œdomestic partnershipâ€ bill; he has supported civil unions for homosexuals; and he lived with two homosexual men.
Is Giuliani the most liberal candidate running for the White House? Hillary and Barack could certainly give him a run for his liberal money. But the hero of 9/11 is no conservative, and it would be a mistake for the mainstream media to count out conservatives this Presidential election seasonâ€”even if it would cause them trouble meeting their deadlines.Â