Thursday, March 01, 2007

The Evangelical Choice

Rudy Giuliani is pro-choice and in favor of same-sex unions, though, it seems, not same-sex marriage--definitely not a cultural conservative. But he also is also close to Grover Norquist on economic matters. A "you're on your own" type.

I'm interested to see where the evangelical voters stand on Giuliani--there are hints many are starting to warm up to him. I can understand and sympathize with people who are not comfortable voting for for a pro-choice candidate or a candidate in favor of same-sex institutions. I can somewhat understand them voting for an anti-choice, anti-gay candidate even though that candidate gives the shaft to people lower on the economic ladder.

But what of a candidate that is the worst of both worlds? I'd be very interested to see the justifications of those who would support the "socially liberal", economically conservative Giuliani over a "socially liberal" and economically progressive Democrat. I'm interested, not for any "gotcha" reasons, but I'd like to understand the philosophical arguments--political philosophy has been a hobby of mine for years. Ralph Reed tried to argue this at one point, but he has no credibility and his argument was pretty lame.

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