Carol Platt Liebau: Picky, Picky

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Picky, Picky

Just days after The Boston Globe tells us that Mitt Romney might not be socially conservative enough for those pesky social conservatives in the Republican Party,now the Washington Post informs us that they won't go for Rudy Giuliani, either.

Sure.

Certainly, both men need to convince the electorate that their principles are solid, that they respect and want to work with the conservative base, and that they will appoint the kind of judges that will interpret, rather than make, law.

But the MSM -- which has only the most minimal understanding of the social conservative mind -- is underestimating the extent to which social conservatives will demand "purity" on each and every issue, so long as the big picture looks good.

Ironically, John McCain may have more trouble than either Romney or Giuliani -- in part because the latter two have always been straightforward about where they are and what they believe, whereas the former is prone to bill himself as a social conservative and then act in the Democrats' best interests . . . in other words, he's unreliable.

In any case, even as it canvasses the supposed "finickiness" of the social conservative base, the MSM is overlooking the fact that the prospect of a President Clinton or President Obama has a way of concentrating the mind of all but the most intransigent social conservative -- and quickly, too.

3 Comments:

Blogger Duke-Stir said...

I see the pall of death lingers on your blog, Carol. That's what happens when you censor your readers.

Do you have any comment on Bush's acknowledgment today that the military is stretched too thin, an observation made long ago by me and others but repeatedly refuted by you and others?

2:03 PM  
Blogger Tiny said...

Hi Carol,

I enjoy your blog. I think its clear the MSM, being a wing of the Democratic party, is scared of pretty much every Republican in the mix for 2008....so they have started their propaganda war on all of them.

3:09 PM  
Blogger stackja1945 said...

I agree John McCain is unreliable.
So the choice is Romney or Giuliani.
In the end maybe Romney and Giuliani.
Like Reagan and Bush 1.

5:39 PM  

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