What Rudy Really Got

There can be no doubt, Pat Robertson’s endorsement of Rudy Giuliani comes something as a boon for the Republican frontrunner’s camp.  Giuliani, who has struggled in his attempts to gain the support of the socially conservative faction of his party, has much to gain from Robertson’s endorsement; not only does this unusual turn of events give Rudy the slightest amount of Religious Right street creds, but also it provides the benefits of Robertson’s Regent University based bullhorn of the Christian Broadcasting Network.

No, Robertson’s endorsement is incredibly good news for the former New York City mayor.  But it can also be incredibly bad news as well.

What can’t be ignored when discussing the religious leader is also his great propensity towards gaffe making.  From blatantly drawing connections between Nazis, homosexuals, and Satan worshippers, to calling for the assassination of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez,  Pat not only has a bad habit of saying things that aren’t exactly inappropriate, but it’s a pretty safe bet he actually believes most of it.

For Rudy, who has continued to sell himself as the 9/11 presidential candidate, Robertson’s lack of sensitivity may cause a problem.  I would like to take you back to two days following the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 when Pat Robertson entertained the late Rev. Jerry Falwell.

JERRY FALWELL: And, I know that I’ll hear from them for this. But, throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way — all of them who have tried to secularize America — I point the finger in their face and say “you helped this happen.”

PAT ROBERTSON: Well, I totally concur, and the problem is we have adopted that agenda at the highest levels of our government. And so we’re responsible as a free society for what the top people do. And, the top people, of course, is the court system..

This is also what Rudy Giuliani received when Pat Robertson opted to hitch his wagon up to Mr. 9/11, the repurcussions of which are yet to be known.  But it is clear that almost immediately the endorsement has resulted in a backlash, and not from a liberal group as one might expect.

Rudy’s willingness to accept Pat Robertson’s endorsement — despite his agreement that America “deserved” to be attacked on 9/11 — is discomfiting at least one major social conservative group that disagreed with Robertson over his interpretation of the disaster.

In an interview with Election Central, a top official at the Family Research Council, one of the most prominent religious-conservative groups in the country, suggested that Rudy’s acceptance of Robertson’s endorsement should make one wonder whether Rudy agrees with Robertson’s interpretation of the event that killed nearly 3,000 of Rudy’s constitutents and now forms the basis of his campaign.

Alas, poor Rudy, the man can’t win for losing.  His socially liberal past had put him at odds with much of one of the most powerful blocs in his party, and just when he gets some of that good Christian Republican love, even that gift comes with a price.

3 Responses to “What Rudy Really Got”

  1. Laura says:

    Rudy is the candidate most likely to answer Pat’s prayers and help bring about Armageddon.

  2. Judy says:

    I don’t think it is wise for Rudy to accept an endorsement from Pat. But then again, maybe he and Robertson can have little public cell phone luv-chats like Rudy likes to do with the Judester.

  3. xranger says:

    Rudy has to pander to the far-right. Just like Hillary and Co. panders to Moveon.org.

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