In a commentary that he wrote for WorldNetDaily, the founder of Focus on the Family James Dobson pointed out many areas of the Rudy Giuliani GOP presidential candidacy that should be causes for concern among social conservatives. Dobson’s biggest issue is with Giuliani’s pro-choice position on abortion. Dobson wrote, “How could Giuliani say with a straight face that he “hates” abortion,” while also seeking public funding for it? How can he hate abortion and contribute to Planned Parenthood in 1993, 1994, 1998 and 1999? And how was he able for many years to defend the horrible procedure by which the brains are sucked from the heads of viable, late-term, un-anesthetized babies? Those beliefs are philosophically and morally incompatible. What kind of man would even try to reconcile them?”

Dobson also expressed concerns about attitude towards marriage, both gay and straight. “This self-styled defender of marriage says he is “proud” of having submitted, as New York’s mayor, a bill creating “domestic partnerships” for homosexual couples. Admittedly, many liberal Americans will agree with the social positions espoused by Giuliani. However, I don’t believe conservative voters whose support he seeks will be impressed. Presidential elections are won or lost by slim margins. Rudy has an uphill slog ahead of him, even though he is the darling of the media.”

Dobson also pointed out Giuliani’s personal moral shortcomings. “He has been married three times, and his second wife was forced to go to court to keep his mistress out of the mayoral mansion while the Giuliani family still lived there…Unlike some other Republican presidential candidates, Giuliani appears not to have remorse for cheating on his wife.”

Dobson wrote that he feels that Rudy Giuliani isn’t presidential material. “Can we really trust a chief executive who waffles and feigns support for policies that run contrary to his alleged beliefs? Of greater concern is how he would function in office. Will we learn after it is too late just what the former mayor really thinks? What we know about him already is troubling enough. ”He concluded with a powerful message to his fellow social conservatives. Speaking as a private citizen and not on behalf of any organization or party, I cannot, and will not, vote for Rudy Giuliani in 2008. It is an irrevocable decision. If given a Hobson’s – Dobson’s? – choice between him and Sens. Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, I will either cast my ballot for an also-ran – or if worse comes to worst – not vote in a presidential election for the first time in my adult life. My conscience and my moral convictions will allow me to do nothing else.”

Dobson’s comments reflect a growing perception among social conservatives that if forced to choose between Hillary, Obama, and Rudy, they would choose no one. This is good news for Democrats as social conservatives make up a powerful voting bloc in many states. However, from a social conservative point of view, Dobson’s comments make complete sense. The biggest issues for social conservatives are abortion and gay marriage. Rudy’s positions on both of those issues reflect the point of view of most Democrats. In my opinion, the one thing that will dash Giuliani’s presidential ambitions, it is the fact that he is more moderate than a majority of Republicans. Giuliani can’t win the GOP nomination without the social conservatives. If he thinks that he can, he is kidding himself.

Link to full Dobson commentary

Jason Easley is the editor of the politics zone at 411mania.com.  His news column The Political Universe appears on Tuesdays and Fridays at www.411mania.com/politics
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