Sunday, October 15, 2006

Giuliani flip-flops on assault weapons ban

(HT: Sullivan) Those of us on the left need to start getting the negative memes out there for the possible Republican 2008 presidential nominees. So far, McCain and Giuliani have gotten a lot of laudatory treatment from the press, especially for their "independence". So I think it's important to point out when they sell out their convictions for partisan gain. The Stranger notices how Giuliani has changed his tune on the assult weapons ban now that he's stumping for Republicans. Giuliani in the past:
Someone who now voted to roll back the assault-weapons ban would really be demonstrating that special-interest politics mean more to them than life-or-death issues.
Giuliani now, stumping for McGavick in Washington (good luck with that: Cantwell (D-WA) is ahead 50-41):
The assault-weapons ban is something I supported in the past.
Translation: I wanna be president sooo bad. (To be fair, Senator Clinton is having to do something similar). As the 2008 Republican nominating process shapes up, I'm going to have fun watching Giuliani tacking desperately to the right. All those Republican primary voters are going to have such wonderful reactions to his pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, and pro-gun control views. And the best thing is there's going to be a Republican running to the right of him who is going to be pointing all this stuff out.

The big question in my mind is, if the Republican establishment gets behind Giuliani, will the base swallow their objections and obediently follow? Or will they rebel by staying home or supporting a more right-wing candidate?

But let's concentrate on 2006 for now...


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