Pat Endorses… Rudy?

Earlier today prominent evangelical figure Pat Robertson gave his official endorsement to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s presidential bid at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

While Giuliani’s pro-choice, pro-gay rights positions differ sharply from Robertson’s conservative ideals, he said that it was Giuliani’s positions concerning the “war on terror” that ultimately earned his endorsement.

I think it will be interesting to see how this all plays out. Historically, the issues of abortion and gay rights have been used by Conservative leadership to rally voters. They’re always items #1 and #2 on the Christian Cooalition’s voting guide checklist.

Today Robertson, one of the most prominent Conservative figures, said those issues “pale in comparison” to fighting the war on terror. He even positioned those Conservatives who feel Giuliani is an unacceptable candidate because of his positions on those two issues as “the fringe” of social conservatism.

I wonder how many Conservative Evangelicals – aka the core of social conservatism – would agree.


17 thoughts on “Pat Endorses… Rudy?

  1. I can think of a dozen things to say here, but I’m sure you’ve already thought of them. Should the most important issue for Christians be a war? (physical not spiritual)

  2. when patsy endorses someone, i tend to run away from them


    Should the most important issue for Christians be a war?

    Stopping it? Possibly. Perpetuating it? Maybe not so much. Not in my opinion anyway.

    That’s what’s really interesting to me about this. It’s almost as if Robertson has unilaterally moved the “war on terror” to the #1 spot on behalf of all of Conservatism. He’s asking Conservatives to cast aside what have been their bread and butter issues for the past 20 years for the sake of pulling behind a guy who really really hates terrorists too.

    In the meantime Mike Huckabee continues to poll extremely well with dyed-in-the-wool Evangelical Conservatives. Traditionally Huckabee would be a type of candidate the Robertson types would rally around. And Pat himself might have if he hadn’t up and decided that the “war on terror” was priority number one.

    It’s all a bit confusing.

  3. WHAT A HYPOCRITE!!! i love this though. all these “moral issue” right wing nutjob voters are being proven to be spineless and full of crap. I LOVE IT! their excuses to not vote progressive are be proven to be nothing but lies. the real reason they’ve voted republican is not abortion or gay marriage, it’s b/c their selfish and greedy and fear the end of the white man in america controlling everything. halle-freakin-lujah! if they believed what they said, they’d vote for the constitution party, but they don’t, and i love it. fakes.

  4. I think Rudy is the idiot here. Who wants to be ASSociated with crazy Pat?! Whacko!
    Down with the 700 Club! Who’s with me!? I have in my mind designed several anti Pat (and cronies) bumper stickers, I just need a place to take them…:)

  5. Having Pat endorse Rudy gives me yet another reason not to vote for Rudy. I don’t understand why Christians are always so narrowly focused on abortion, gay marriage (this one I don’t get… who cares if they get married?!) and terrorism… there are so other important justice issues to be concerned with… like poverty, healthcare, the unemployment rate, racial inequality, and the violence in the innercities.

  6. the real question is: how many wives are pressuring their husbands to vote for hillary?

    I don’t know dude. My wife leans toward the left and she’s pretty iffy about her. Most of the Conservative women I’ve talked to have nothing but disdain for her. She’s pretty polarizing.

    I just can’t get over Rudy getting a pat on the back (pardon the pun) from the biggest “family values” honk there is. It’s just so bizaare to me that Robertson would look past all of Rudy’s “shortcomings” just because he wants to go Halo on “radical Islam.”

    While it may be true that ol’ Bill got a hummer in the Oval Office, Rudy’s flagrant cheating is also well documented, not to mention his multiple divorces. His first wife was his second cousin (google: Regina Peruggi) for Pete’s sake! Divorce, adultery and borderline incest. Now those are family values!

    So, if Bill’s playtime was a reason for Conservatives to call for his head on a platter – I’m going to have to ask for a little “values consistency.”

  7. Here’s what I think:
    Pat is pulling for Rudy because he wants anyone in office besides Hillary or Obama. (aka: a republican…because all republicans are christians and vice versa) So, he needed to hitch his wagon to a republican that would win, enter Rudy. But, he would have to come up with a reason to overlook the moral failures, stands on issues, etc.
    It proves again to me that politics in this country (especially at the upper levels) are about being “just good enough” or “not that bad” to get into office. Not actually having an idea of how to bring about change, or actually caring to change anything. It’s gross.

  8. I seems as though the further up the food chain you go in politics, the more disengenious it becomes. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a healthy amount of shadiness at every level. But it increases exponentially with the power the office holds.

    Which is why I’m leery of “religious leaders” who seem to devote most of their time to the political arena and rub elbows with too many elected officials. Don’t get me wrong, it’s certainly a good thing to be able to chew the ear of those in office if they’ll give you the platform. But when one becomes too entrenched in the political arena, you do start looking for the strings… if you know what I mean.

    It’s one of the things that have, slowly, over time, caused me to turn a deaf ear to those in the church who are most vocal Conservative cheerleaders (Robertson, Fallwell, Dobson, etc.). It’s what has caused me to keep guys like Jim Wallis and Tony Campolo at arms length as well. Although, they’re nowhere near as prominent as their Conservative counterparts.

  9. The compromises you have to make to climb the ladder of political success make it pert’near immpossible to remain innocent, from what I’ve seen. You can’t be a man pleaser and please God (at least not in depth)It makes them all suspect to me, and I hesitate to endorse anyone anymore…perhaps that’s what “they” were going for…

  10. On cue, Jim Wallis had some rather strong words regarding Robertson’s endorsement of Giuliani in his blog.

    Remember Robertson’s merciless attacks on President Bill Clinton’s lapses of sexual morality with Monica Lewinsky? … Now Robertson is for Rudy, a thrice married adulterous husband, who is estranged from his own children and is both pro-choice and pro-gay rights. According to Pat Robertson’s twisted moral logic, forgiving the social conservative shortcomings of Republicans is a Christian virtue, so long as the same virtue is never applied to Democrats.

    What exactly goes on in Pat Robertson’s head has puzzled many of us for a long time. This endorsement ranks as one of the most unprincipled in recent political memory. … Perhaps the pro-business economic conservatism of the Republican Party was always more important to the televangelist than saving unborn lives. Robertson’s longstanding support of murderous Liberian dictator Charles Taylor and his diamond investments thanks to Zairian dictator Mobutu Sese Seko speak louder than words when it comes to Robertson’s ethic of life. And that’s not to mention the more than $400 million Robertson’s empire made when he sold his International Family Network to Rupert Murdoch, after building it on tax deductible contributions of thousands of CBN donors, many of modest means. He has been putting profits over principles for years.

    His endorsement of Rudy Giuliani will seem to many to be unprincipled hypocrisy.

    Zoinks! Those are some pretty strong words.

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