Now we know what Pat Robertson’s endorsement of Rudy Giuliani meant.
Rudy won’t even make it to the New York primary.
For months, I’ve had a friendly debate with our columnist Noreen O’Donnell about Giuliani’s chances of winning the Republican nomination.
Noreen believed that in the post-9/11 world, Rudy had the credibility to go all the way. She was won over by the argument that social conservatives would see the war on terror as the greatest “moral” struggle of the day, surpassing even abortion.
I couldn’t see it. I just didn’t see how a pro-choice, gay-friendly, thrice-married New Yorker could win over large numbers of conservative evangelicals and conservative Catholics, a large hunk of the folks who vote in GOP primaries. (I was certainly influenced by interviewing evangelical and Catholic analysts, who couldn’t imagine a formula for Rudy to win.)
But I’m not gloating this morning, Noreen.
It’s hard to say that Rudy’s transformation from GOP front-runner to Ron Paul-sized afterthought had much to do with his positions on “moral values” issues. It sure looks like he fizzled right out because he was a lousy candidate.