The coordinated efforts to end the Giuliani campaign continue in earnest:
Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani in his campaign appearances this year has stated that he personally abhors abortion, even though he supports keeping a legal right to choose. But records show that in the ’90s he contributed money at least six times to Planned Parenthood, one of the country’s leading abortion rights groups and its top provider of abortions.
Federal tax returns made public by the former New York mayor show that he and his then-wife, Donna Hanover, made personal donations to national, state and city chapters of Planned Parenthood totaling $900 in 1993, 1994, 1998 and 1999.
The returns have been on the public record for years, but the detail about Giuliani’s support for Planned Parenthood — along with e-mailed copies of the returns — was provided to The Politico by aides to a rival campaign, who insisted on not being identified.
And when I say coordinated, I mean it. Immediately following the debate, after which Giuliani stated he abhorred abortion, would appoint strict constructionist judges, and felt it would be ok if Roe were overturned, the response from Red State was as follows:
John McCain won. Let’s not dance around this. Mitt Romney shined, he stood out, he did well. Rudy Giuliani imploded. Rudy totally and utterly self-destructed tonight. He had many chances to get in good with the core base of Republican voters and ignored every moment.
Translation- Giuliani was not wingnut enough. Rudy Giuliani does not wake up every morning, pray, and say to himself:
“The most important thing the Republican party faces is abortion.”
I don’t think many of the other candidates do, either, but they at least pretend to so that they can get the religious right vote. The additional knowledge that Giuliani gave money (or let his little woman) to Planned Parenthood virtually solidifies that Giuliani will not be the GOP candidate. Remember- we are the big tent party. You have to pretend to be fanatical about abortion and cutting taxes and killing terrorists.
From my standpoint, Rudy should consider himself lucky. The GOP is going to get trounced in 2008, and winning the GOP nomination means one thing, and one thing only. In 2016, you will be a Jeopardy question:
“Who was the losing Republican candidate in 2008?”