By Sheldon Filger, Guest Blogger
The decision by a prominent evangelical broadcaster to endorse Rudy Giuliani’s presidential bid underscores a calculation being made by growing segments within the Christian conservative core of the Republican Party: Hillary Clinton is the inevitable Democrat nominee, and must be defeated at all costs.
In the current political context of America, these circles, in many cases, are deciding to go with Giuliani, despite their strong disagreement with him on many values issues, such as abortion. The sole reason is one of expediency; they are convinced that the former mayor of New York City is the only GOP candidate that can defeat Senator Clinton.
In my opinion, they are making a flawed calculation, based solely on political expediency. There is a myth floating in Republican circles that Rudy Giuliani is the only Republican that Hillary is fearful of running against in the general election. I don’t know where this myth originated, but is contradicted by the evidence.
When Hillary Clinton launched her political career path to the White House by running for New York senator in 2000, her opponent at the time was Rudy Giuliani. Hillary Clinton and her political machine fully expected to beat mayor Giuliani, having assessed what they saw as his vulnerabilities. In fact, it was Giuliani who dropped out of the race, due to health reasons, though he may have stayed in the race with a weak opponent.
Rudy Giuliani’s sole ace in the deck in opposing Hillary Clinton is his performance related to the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. This is his claim to superior leadership ability. As someone who was living in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, I give Rudy Giuliani full credit for the courage and resolve he displayed on that dark day and the weeks that followed. His example inspired many New Yorkers to overcome the fear and uncertainty that gripped the city after 9/11. However, in a fight to the finish with Hillary Clinton, there are many flaws in Giuliani related to 9/11 that the Clinton political machine will exploit with absolute ruthlessness.
For one thing, prior to 9/11, Giuliani made the decision to install New York City’s emergency command post, designed to ensure command and control in the event of a major terrorist attack, right underneath the World Trade Center. He made the decision despite strong advice not to place this vital installation underneath the most likely terrorist target. This explains why on 9/11 there was a catastrophic loss of command and control capability, which added to the frightful human causalities on that day. Any Republican who doesn’t think these details will emerge if Giuliani is the GOP nominee is sadly mistaken.
In my book, Hillary Clinton Nude: Naked Ambition, Hillary Clinton and America’s Demise, I make a case for a Third Party as the best means of defeating Hillary Clinton in 2008. However, the Republican Party can become that Third Party, by learning the lessons of its past mistakes, and avoiding new ones. In picking a nominee based on who they think will defeat Hillary Clinton even if it means compromising on principles, they will enter the trap of political expediency, a recipe for certain and total defeat. However, if the GOP were to pick the candidate who displayed the highest standards of leadership excellence, this would establish the only criteria that can defeat Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Sheldon Filger is the author of Hillary Clinton Nude: Naked Ambition, Hillary Clinton and America’s Demise. For more information about him and his work, visit www.hillary-clinton-nude.com.