When a friend alerted me to a press release from the Democratic National Committee trying to sow divisions within the GOP by claiming that my man Rudy Giuliani is snubbing the party’s “Conservative Base,” I was delighted to note that they referenced this blog as a source for one of their quotations (this post where I quoted American Spectator‘s Philip Klein who had written that “a Giuliani victory would be difficult, not impossible.“)
Democrats, gay activists and others on the left frequently accuse the GOP of using gay issues as a wedge issue, but with this release, the Democrats are attempting to use gay issues as a wedge to divide the GOP frontrunner from conservatives in his own party. They highlight Giuliani’s stance on gay issues in order to play on the bias of social conservatives, assuming that these Republicans would never support a candidate with such a record.
They even feature quote by Pat Buchanan. It’s amusing that while nearly all Republicans, including social conservatives, have distanced themselves from that angry man, the Left continues to define him as “Conservative Leader.” Buchanan’s politics have increasingly come to resemble not those of the conservative mainstream, but those of left-wing activists.
Once again, the Democrats attempt to define the GOP not as it is, but as they wish it were.
What this release really shows is that Democrats fear Giuliani’s candidacy. They want bring his differences from social conservatives to the fore in order to heighten divisions within the GOP and prevent his nomination.
To be sure, the former New York City Mayor will not have an easy time winning over many social conservatives. But, he has impressed the party’s rank and file with his leadership and resolve. If he can focus on those issues which unite our party, he could persuade those currently opposed to (or skeptical about) his candidacy to support him, particularly given the alternative of a Democratic president beholden to the far left.
Instead of Rudy snubbing the conservative base, as the Democrats contend, he has been reaching out to them, highlighting areas of common ground, notably his intention, once elected, to appoint strict constructionist judges to the federal bench.
The Democrats have it wrong. Rudy Giuliani is not snubbing the conservative base, but working to unite the GOP. And Howard Dean’s party seems intent on using gay issues as a wedge issue while frequently decrying Republican efforts to do the same thing.
UPDATE: While Democrats contend Rudy is snubbing the GOP’s conservative base, this post on Powerline indicates he’s reaching out the right. In this post, I suggested Rudy appear on Hugh Hewitt’s show as a means to reach out to conservatives. And this transcript shows that he has done just that. Another sign that instead of snubbing, Rudy is reaching out to his part’s conservative base.
UP-UPDATE: Another sign that the Democrats have it wrong is that gay-marriage opponent Maggie Gallagher is “thinking hard” about voting for Rudy Giuliani. While she lived in New York City, she never voted for because of his views on abortion and the way he “treated his second wife.” Two things are making her think about changing her mind: “national security, and Hillary Clinton’s Supreme Court appointments.” I would dare say other social conservatives have similar sentiments.
UP-UP-UPDATE: Yet another sign that Rudy is not snubbing the conservative base. Captain Ed reports that he will addressing “The American Conservative Union’s CPAC event this weekend.” This is one of the biggest, if not the biggest conservative confab of the year.