I thought it was important to post on the matter of Giuliani v Dobson, et al, but I wanted to take a day to reflect because if you’re going to take sides in a family dispute, you better think it through.
To hear Jim Dobson, Richard Viguerie, and Tony Perkins (head of the Family Research Council, not the star of Psycho and Fear Strikes Out) tell it, our movement is heading into the abyss if Republicans dare to nominate Rudy Giuliani, and they’d rather join a third-party than support him. In their minds, there’s no difference between him and Hillary.
Strong stuff. But upon closer reflection, this is more about some of the conservative leaders than it is about Rudy Giuliani.
I think what we have here is a somewhat vain effort at “Interest Group Conservatism” the ugly step-child of the Interest Group Liberalism of the 60s-80s. While a few folks in Washington would, I’m sure, find it perfectly appropriate for them to select the next President of the United States, that’s not quite how it works.
In the case of whether conservatives should support Rudy or back a third-party candidate, Dobson, Viguerie, Weyrich, etc, could not be more wrong.
First of all: Is conservatism so weak, is its hold on the GOP so tenuous, that nominating a social moderate is the end of both the conservative movement and the Republican Party?
Will values voters really decide that their allegiance to the Republican Party is gone because our standard bearer is squishy on social issues?
They will? Really? They will ignore the pro-life credentials of their local elected officials, their members of Congress, their Governors, their Senators, the Party Platform, and years worth of pro-family legislative success?
Only a seriously declining movement would be so threatened by the prospect of nominating Rudy Giuliani. The Republican Party is, and will continue to be, a conservative party. Though, if it doesn’t get its house together in quick order, fiscal and economic conservatives will continue to abandon it at an alarming rate.
Supporting a third-party candidate who will get 3-8 percent of the vote and allowing Hillary Clinton to be elected President is the height of irresponsibility.
Gary Gross (the founder of this blog) comments:
Had I been in town I would have added “ass clowns” to your post tags.
Dr. Dobson should have to take a mandatory time out for being part of the Miers confirmation fiasco. He may know a thing or two about raising kids, but he knows nothing of advancing his own causes in the political realm.
What’s going to be real interesting is some of this will show that just as rank and file union members don’t vote with union leadership, rank and file evangelicals don’t follow Dobson like blind sheep.
I think Dobson, Perkins et al would rather have Republicans lose the election (with Giuliani) then have it blamed on lack of base support from them (since this is a bad GOP year, they can make that bet), than have Giuliani win - and they become more irrelevant to the GOP.
It will be interesting to see whether this emperor has no clothes.