Rudy Giuliani has further addressed the kerfuffle that followed his statement that he still supports some federal funding for abortion. His message:
'If that's real important to you, if that's the most important thing, I'm comfortable with the fact that you won't vote for me,"
This is particularly galling because public financing of abortion is not just outside the Republican mainstream, it is left of center. I'm not sure how much left of center, but enough. For the Mayor to choose this principle to fight over suggests that I may end up uncomfortable with some of his other stances in the future. Further, this is the first decision by the Mayor that puts a hole in what was otherwise a great notion: that Giuliani really didn't want to put a stick in the eye of conservatives. Well, this feels like a stick in the eye.
All I can say is that the Mayor and I agree on a lot of things, but if this is real important to him - if it's the most important thing - then I'm comfortable with not voting for him.
Hat Tip: Allah.
Update: I see that Ace wrote on this topic today, before the latest news. He phrased it this way:
The social right, the pro-lifers, were willing to cut Rudy so damn much slack on this, and yet he couldn't manage to concede one fairly minor point in return.
I think that's right.
Update II: Here's a surprise: the price of a share of Rudy Giuliani for President at InTrade has fallen about 15 percent in the last day. Wonder what caused that?