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It seems McCain is enjoying a recent bump in popularity, particularly in New Hampshire. This makes some sense. Romney’s a bit plastic and late for the party. Huckabee is uneducated and populist. Giuliani is liberal and his personal life is a mess. Tancredo’s dropped out. Paul is a fringe candidate. Thompson’s been a lackluster, anemic candidate. But let’s not forget why McCain was ranked lower than one would expect in the first place. After all, he is hawkish and socially conservative. Even his opposition to Bush’s tax cuts could plausibly defended as an austerity measure. No, his open borders fanaticism is what held him back, and those views seem far more visceral to him (as in the case of Bush) than his recent movement the other way, viz.:

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Rudy? Conservative?

Pat Buchanan traces the crackup of conservatism, noting that Rudy Giuliani represents its nadir, the final culmination of both Bushes’ embrace of big government conservatism and a Republican Party that surrenders on the culture war:

And so, today, the once-great house of conservatism is a Tower of Babel. We are big government and small government, traditionalist and libertarian, tax-cutter and budget hawk, free trader and economic nationalist. Bush and McCain support amnesty and a “path to citizenship” for illegals. The country wants the laws enforced and a fence on the border.

And Rudy? A McGovernite in 1972, he boasted in the campaign of 1993 that he would “rekindle the Rockefeller, Javits, Lefkowitz tradition” of New York’s GOP and “produce the kind of change New York City saw with … John Lindsay.” He ran on the Liberal Party line and supported Mario Cuomo in 1994. Pro-abortion, anti-gun, again and again he strutted up Fifth Avenue in the June Gay Pride parade and turned the Big Apple into a sanctuary city for illegal aliens. While Ward Connerly goes state to state to end reverse discrimination, Rudy is an affirmative-action man. Gravitating now to Rudy’s camp are those inveterate opportunists, the neocons, who see in Giuliani their last hope of redemption for their cakewalk war and their best hope for a “Long War” against “Islamofascism.”

I will, Rudy promises, nominate Scalias. Only one more may be needed to overturn Roe. And I will keep Hillary out of the White House. A Giuliani presidency would represent the return and final triumph of the Republicanism that conservatives went into politics to purge from power. A Giuliani presidency would represent repudiation by the party of the moral, social and cultural content that, with anti-communism, once separated it from liberal Democrats and defined it as an institution.

Rudy offers the right the ultimate Faustian bargain: retention of power at the price of one’s soul.

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An excellent hatchet job on his third wife in Vanity Fair. I don’t necessarily think a divorce disqualifies someone from public office. But three marriages looks like someone who has some major character problems. Some of these have become more clear in recent weeks. Namely, Giuliani cannot keep his relationships from interfering with his official responsibilities. And his wife is not making it any easier. Only someone utterly without judgment would behave, as he does, taking calls in the middle of speeches and letting his new wife alienate him completely from his children and his loyal supporters. No Republican with even an ounce of conservatism can seriously vote for this pro-gun-control, pro-immigration, and pro-abortion candidate, who also has a personal life that reflects the faults of his age. The fact that he walked around New York and looked important after 9/11 is picayune compared to this rap sheet.

The article is worth reading in full. It is ultimately a disturbing tale of how ambition manifests itself in someone who wants above all to “be somebody” and whose chief asset is good looks and the ability to manipulate a powerful man . . . rather than brains, hard work, social grace, virtue, or the like.

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