Rudy Giuliani attempts a tried and true failed strategy for persuading Republicans to nominate a baby killer:
Giuliani made his sharpest case for moving beyond social issues this weekend in Iowa, telling The Des Moines Register, “Our party is going to grow, and we are going to win in 2008 if we are a party characterized by what we’re for, not if we’re a party that’s known for what we’re against.”
Asked about abortion, he said, “Our party has to get beyond issues like that.”
Rich Lowry is displeased and rightly so — there’s no reason to think cultural conservatism is an electoral liability for the GOP, and there’s certainly no reason to think that given the current political climate. Indeed, traditionalism is probably the one GOP plank that hasn’t been discredited in some obvious way by George W. Bush’s conduct in office. I think the anti-choice view is wrong, but nothing has happened that I would expect to change people’s opinions about this stuff.