Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Captain 9/11 Crashes and Burns

I told you this would happen.

Of course, in one of those "The emperor isn't wearing any clothes!" sorts of ways, so did, well, just about everybody else.

So bleeding obvious was it that that an unapolgetic pro-abort like Giuliani had exactly no chance of winning the GOP nomination that any pundit who thought for even a second that he did ought to publicly apologize for his astonishing dearth of perspicacity.


The Dutchman said...

Obvious? I don't think it is so obvious when 47% of Republicans and 65% of the total electorate are "Pro-Choice."

We are seeing more and more "Pro-Choice" Republicans like Arlen Specter, Fred Thompson, and George E. Pataki, not to mention flip-flopers like Mitt Romney because two-thirds of the electorate favors access to first-trimester abortions and Republicans are simply not willing to fall on their swords for abortion at the polls.

Maybe I'm just being cynical, but I think that until we change the way Americans think about abortion, no politician is going to buck a 2/3 majority, and a vote on that issue is simply wasted.

chestertonian said...

I'm glad he's caput, John, but he could have held on for at least another week.

He was to be the main speaker at this Saturday's Lincoln Day luncheon here in Springfield. My wife adn I bought tickets, and I was going to go, take notes, and blast him later that day on my blog.

Now I can't! *sniff* Captian 911, brave leader in the war of the Strong against the Weak (leader of the Strong side, of course), disappeared between Christmas and last Tuesday's Floriday primary, lost, and decided to not even stick it out until Super Tuesday. What a total wuss!!!!

And now I'll have nothing to blog on, except maybe I can do a "what might have been" post. He pulled out of the dinner too (lewd question: does he treat his wives like this too?) and now it's been postponed.

How did anyone ever think this cross-dressing dirtbag had what it takes to run for president?

John Jansen said...


I don't have time now to offer anything more than a cursory reply, but I hope to spend some time later this week or next speaking to some of the points you made here, as well as in your recent post on your blog about voting. I plan to do that in a post of its own.

For now, what I can say regarding what was, in my opinion, the inevitability that Giuliani would not get the GOP nomination, is this:

To be sure, there are plenty of Republicans — elected officials, movers and shakers within the party's power structure, and rank-and-file voters — who are "pro-choice". (Although it seems odd that Fred Thompson was included in your list. Did you mean to say Jim Thompson instead?)

There are also plenty more Republicans — again, elected officials, movers and shakers within the party's power structure, and rank-and-file voters — who, at best, merely pay lip service to the concerns of pro-lifers.

My point, though, is that there are enough people in both of the aforesaid camps within the GOP — especially the latter — who plainly recognize that it would be impossible for the party to win an election if it nominated a pro-abort. Doing so would lead to a mass defection of those for whom opposition to abortion is the issue. Many would vote third party, or simply stay home.

The day may well come when the GOP moves to definitively break with pro-lifers and nominates a pro-abort for president.

But that day was not going to come in 2008.

John Jansen said...


I've just posted my last comment in the context of a new post here.