The Economist’s Democracy in America blog gets the Rudy Giuliani versus social conservative politics right:

That last scenario sounds bad for all Republicans, because it would be a help to the dread Hillary Clinton. But at this point it looks like a Democrat, Hillary or otherwise, is going to win this election regardless. If Christian conservatives can argue that by withholding their support they caused the GOP to lose, they will enjoy more leverage in future, more winnable elections. It’ll be hard for moderate Republicans to take their marching orders from Tony Perkins but they have, after all, volunteered for and nurtured the relationship.


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race42008.com » Blog Archive » More on the Third Party Effort to Stop Rudy · October 1, 2007 at 8:26 PM

[…] Soren Dayton links to this Economist post that I think encapsulates the rationale behind the third party effort being discussed by prominent social conservatives: …at this point it looks like a Democrat, Hillary or otherwise, is going to win this election regardless. If Christian conservatives can argue that by withholding their support they caused the GOP to lose, they will enjoy more leverage in future, more winnable elections. […]

Volunteer Voters » Would A Christian Right Third Party Challenge Actually Increase the Power Of The Religious Right In The GOP? · October 2, 2007 at 4:01 PM

[…] There is certainly an argument for it: At this point it looks like a Democrat, Hillary or otherwise, is going to win this election regardless. If Christian conservatives can argue that by withholding their support they caused the GOP to lose, they will enjoy more leverage in future, more winnable elections. It’ll be hard for moderate Republicans to take their marching orders from Tony Perkins but they have, after all, volunteered for and nurtured the relationship. Share and Enjoy: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. […]

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