Wednesday, November 07, 2007


Big, big news From the Washington Post:
Pat Robertson, one of the most influential figures in the social conservative movement, will announce his support for Rudy Giuliani's presidential bid this morning in Washington, D.C., according to sources familiar with the decision.

Robertson's support was coveted by several of the leading Republican candidates and provides Giuliani with a major boost as the former New York City mayor seeks to convince social conservatives that, despite his positions on abortion and gay rights, he is an acceptable choice as the GOP nominee.

It also slows any momentum for Mitt Romney within the social conservative movement. Romney had recently secured the backing of conservative stalwarts Paul Weyrich and Bob Jones III -- endorsements that seemed to strengthen his bid to become the electable conservative alternative to Giuliani. Romney had made no secret of his desire for Robertson's endorsement and has to be disappointed this morning.

The other major effect of Robertson's support for Giuliani is that it will quiet talk in social conservative circles that nominating Giuliani would lead "values voters" to abandon the Republican Party. The stamp of approval from Robertson should assuage the doubts of many (although certainly not all) of the rank-and-file social conservatives.

Giuliani is, in my opinion, the only Republican candidate who has a real chance of winning. His charisma plays on television, he is in agreement with the electorate on the problems America faces, and we trust that he is sophisticated, and strong, enough to actually do something about those problems.

That is, we trust that he is a doer, not just a talker.

Pat Robertson has made the wise move.


Mitt Rockers said...

Robertson is one of the old guard responsible for the anti-Mormonism that still exists in this country. What? Robertson is supporting a pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage candidate rather than supporting a viable Mormon candidate who opposes those things? I don’t think think this one is too tough to figure out. For an excellent article on how Mitt Romney’s candidacy has exposed the rampant anti-Mormonism in this country please click here:


Pastorius said...

Oh, I hadn't thought about that, but now that I do, what you say makes sense.

Thanks for informing me, MittRocks.

Dionne said...

Robertson isn't my favorite guy so I wasn't real concerned with who he was going to endorse but I am glad that some Evangelical is seeing how Rudy could be a good president.