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The GOP Is Back: Pat Robertson Edorses Giuliani

O, swear not by the moon, the fickle moon, the inconstant moon, that monthly changes in her circle orb, Lest that thy love prove likewise variable. — Shakespeare

A few months back I wrote an article about the possibility of Giuliani being overlooked for the GOP nomination if the religious right conservatives have their way. Well, they won’t. Focus on the Family founder James Dobson’s bluff was called on Nov. 7 when religious right leader Pat Robertson endorsed the former mayor.

Robert Tracinski has two great articles on Giuliani and what his brand of socially liberal-free market conservatism may mean for the GOP: Giuliani and the Right’s Shifting Priorities and What Are the Right’s Priorities?

Tracinski quotes Robertson’s salient points:

To me, the overriding issue before the American people is the defense of our population from the blood lust of Islamic terrorists. Our second goal should be the control of massive government waste and crushing federal deficits. Uppermost in the minds of social conservatives is the selection of future Supreme Court justices and lower court judges who will sit in both the federal circuit courts and the district courts.

Tracinski makes a great point: The abortion issue was becoming a litmus test for who could be Republican. But Giuliani’s popularity is proving that national security and limited government are the true priorities for the Goldwater Republicans, not Roe v. Wade.

Of course, the race for the GOP nomination is still open, with Romney and Giuliani leading in the polls. But neither of these top tier candidates represents the religious right. If either wins the nomination, it spells the end of the religious right movement, which will be relegated to the status of historical footnote.

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