Friday, May 04, 2007

Rambling Rudy

The captains of industry owning and running our country's corporate media must have decided that Giuliani's their boy (Watch for him to be cast as the new maverick in the coming months.). That's one of the only explanations I have for the CNN headline, "Giuliani bucks GOP field" given what Rudy actually said:

He reiterated Thursday that if elected, he would not try to lift a ban on using federal funds for abortions for poor women, something he advocated as mayor.

While many of the other candidates responded enthusiastically in the affirmative when asked if it would be a good day for America if the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 decision legalizing abortion.

"It would be OK to repeal," he said, adding that it would also be OK "if a strict constructionist judge viewed it as precedent."

That all reads pretty much along the Republican party line to me. But, maybe someone at CNN is having comprehension problems. Maybe they read the transcript from the debate, wrote what Giuliani said, and then wrote this lead paragraph to go with their "bucks" headline:
SIMI VALLEY, California (CNN) -- Front-runner Rudy Giuliani broke with the other nine Republicans in the party's first debate of the presidential campaign, saying that it would be OK if the Supreme Court upheld its landmark ruling on abortion rights.
It's not often I find myself almost agreeing with Tucker Carlson:

Would the day Roe v. Wade is repealed be a good day for America? It’s a simple enough question, and all the candidates responded to it simply. Nine of them agreed it would be a good day. Giuliani’s response: “It’d be OK.”

So the repeal of the single most controversial Supreme Court decision of the last 30 years is no big deal one way or another? You can support Roe or oppose it, but indifference is an odd response, especially for a presidential candidate.

(Although to the rest of his blog post I'd respond, "Just wait Tucks. He's only getting his feet wet. You'll see Rudy washing the feet of fundamentalist leaders in the coming months.")