McCain vs. Rudy: Who Helps the GOP?
Which of these two are going to be better for the country and the GOP? McCain seems to be the sure bet over Rudy because of his longer history within the Party. Rudy's record includes a stint as the mayor of one of the most Liberal cities in the United States. Rudy is pro-abortion, pro-gun control and susceptible to being for gay marriage, so why is it that he seems to be better for the GOP than McCain? I think Rudy is genuine; he is not ambitious to the point of changing his beliefs for the purpose of securing the Republican nomination. McCain on the other hand is attempting to be all things to all people except Conservatives.
McCain and Conservatism
The conventional wisdom says that McCain is pro-life but he voted 33 percent of the time in favor of legislation friendly to the National Right to Life Committee during the 2001-2002 term and 66 percent of the time in the 1999-2000 term. He looks pretty consistent when voting for legislation supported by Americans for Tax Reform during the Congressional session covering 2003-2005, but prior to that McCain averages 60 percent in 2002, 55 percent in 2001 and 65 percent in 2000. He, along with Senator Joseph Leiberman, is a champion of environmentalism and putting more restrictions on the economy in the name of saving the planet. In 2004 the NRA gave McCain a C+ lifetime average when it comes to supporting legislation that the NRA wanted passed. So why is McCain the assumed Conservative among the top tier of Republican candidates? The main answer to this is that McCain has done a great job in camouflaging his record and his supporters are very quick to point to the aspects of his record that are unwaveringly Conservative in nature.
But his record must be examined to understand why he is not only a danger to the GOP but to the country. The best place to get a firm grip on the kind of president John McCain would be is the piece in Vanity Fair published this past February. The opening paragraph begins to open the door on John McCain's mind when author Todd Purdum writes "one minute he's toeing the conservative line (on gay marriage, say, or immigration) and the next he's telling someone what he really thinks." Mr. Purdum explains the many contortional positions McCain has to put himself in when talking about immigration and then McCain is quoted saying "I think the fence is least effective. But I'll build the goddamned fence if they want it." The "they" he is talking about is the Conservative base who want a secure-the-border-first approach to immigration reform. Perhaps the most damning quote form the Purdum piece is this: "'Yes, he's a social conservative, but his heart isn't in this stuff,' one former aide told me, referring to McCain's instinctual unwillingness to impose on others his personal views about issues such as religion, sexuality, and abortion. 'But he has to pretend [that it is], and he's not a good enough actor to pull it off. He just can't fake it well enough.'"
McCain is faking it because he is ambitious for power. This ambition has prompted him to be all things to all people depending on the audience. If he is speaking to the NRA, he is pro-gun no questions asked. If he is speaking to Chris Matthews on Hardball, he is as moderate as they come. So what could we expect from a McCain presidency? We don't know, but we do have an idea. For an inkling into his presidency, look no further than his pet project Campaign Finance Reform. McCain would rather the American people keep their mouths shut than have to put up with criticism. "I know that money corrupts . . . I would rather have a clean government than one where quote First Amendment rights are being respected, that has become corrupt. If I had my choice, I'd rather have the clean government." He also said this about political ads to the Supreme Court, "These ads are direct, blatant attacks on the candidates. We don't think that's right." The man is a tyrant that can only be more dictatorial with more power and all of this will be swept under the rug by the mainstream media outlets who like his maverick mentality in opposing his Party.
Rudy is Good For the GOP
Rudy Giuliani is no social Conservative and he doesn't try to be. There is no faking it with him. As such, this should demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is not as ambitious for power as McCain. He has layed his beliefs out on the table and not ran away from them in the face of Conservatives' criticism. This is his candid stance when it comes to abortion, "I believe abortion is wrong. I think it is morally wrong. And if I were asked my advice by someone who was considering an abortion, I would tell them not to have the abortion, to have the child, and if nothing else, the adoption option exists, [however;] in a country like ours, where people of good faith, people who are equally decent, equally moral, and equally religious, where they come to different conclusions about this, ... I believe you have to respect their viewpoint. ... I would grant women the right to make that choice." There is no equivocating there. He is not telling people what they want to hear. And this makes him head and shoulders above John McCain.
Rudy is a War on Terrorism candidate. His number one strength is national security, and the GOP would be wise to realize that the number one issue the American voter wants solved is the War on Terror. All of the domestic issues will not matter if we allow our nation to be brought back to a September 10th mentality. Democrats would do just that. They don't look at the War on Terror as a war; they view it as a criminal matter. Rudy is not that kind of thinker. He saw first hand what happens when you fight Osama bin Laden with subpoenas. Rudy is prepared to continue in taking the fight to the terrorists where ever they are hiding. McCain has said that he would chase bin Laden "to the gates of hell." He has also said that water-boarding is torture. How can he be expected to follow anyone "to the gates of hell" when he is reluctant to get information out of them using physical coersion? I trust Rudy to fight terrorism and leave the liberties of the American people alone. I trust that Rudy will not seek to become emperor of the United States.