Furthermore, Giuliani has endorsed the Bush tax cuts and says they should be extended. He favors helping Americans with rising healthcare not with expanded government influence, but with a major tax deduction of up to $15,000.
The issues which tend to worry social conservatives are abortion and gay marriage. Here Giuliani does differ with the ideology of the religious right. He’s pro gay rights — he even crashed with some gay friends after a messy divorce. He’s also pro-choice. On Meet the Press in 1993, he told moderator Tim Russert that he planned to lobby the national Republican Party to change its stand on abortion.
But the Giuliani of today has promised to appoint “strict constructionists” to the bench — essentially a wink to the right wing of his party that he’ll appoint pro-life judges. Granted, Giuliani’s pitch that “if you don’t like my position on abortion, you’ll like the judges I appoint,” borders on the ridiculous.
But at worst, the judges Giuliani appoints will not overturn Roe vs. Wade and his overall effect on abortion will be the same as that of George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan: nothing. But if Giuliani does succeed in putting another conservative Justice on the court, then the country will be faced with the truly ironic situation of a pro-choice politician accomplishing the most important goal of the pro-life movement.
Critics have tried to paint Giuliani as a moral relativist who doesn’t share the conservative movement’s values. Try convincing the porn dealers he drove out of Times Square of that. Or the criminals he methodically rooted out during his tenure in New York. When combined with his zeal for the war on radical Islam, it is clear that he shares the good vs. evil view which is an overarching theme in today’s conservatism.
In the next months as the primary contest draw nearer, certain elements in the Republican Party will search frantically for an alternative to Giuliani, convinced that he will irrevocably change the party. If Giuliani is indeed nominated and then elected, he will do no such thing.