Conservatives who espouse the value of examining political figures' childrens' lives must reject Giuliani as a viable candidate

Politico has this article up about Republican Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani’s take on how he believes people should judge his personal life versus his political career:

“We all have personal lives, we all have things that go right and wrong in our personal lives,” he told me. “The real question is how does it affect how you can perform?”

“Does the fact that I may have had some problems in my personal life mean that I don’t perform my job or I can’t perform it well?” he continued. “Or does it mean that despite them, I still was able to take a city that was the crime capital of America and turn it into the safest large city in America.”

Given the fact that some conservative bloggers believe that not only does a political figure’s own behavior merit a thorough fisking before deciding they’re worthy, but that even the behavior of a political figure’s child should be interpreted as a reflection on the parenting abilities of that political figure and in turn make voters think twice about that political figure, I have to assume that there is no way on Earth that Giuliani will ever be able to have them substitute his proposed standard for theirs, so that he could pass muster with the same conservatives.

But, I could be wrong. Some people can withstand an enormous burden of cognitive dissonance and inconsistencies. I know that I have a higher tolerance in some areas than I like to acknowledge.

10 thoughts on “Conservatives who espouse the value of examining political figures' childrens' lives must reject Giuliani as a viable candidate

  1. I haven’t decided for certain who I favor in the Republican primaries, and I’m not sure if all contenders are in the race, but I am giving Romney some consideration.

  2. Hmm, he’d win a point or two for that but I don’t know if it will be enough for him. Do you like him as a candidate?

  3. Chas – you know I’m going to say this: there’s not need for excusing you – I agree with you. But I don’t think I’ve even been blogging since the Bush girls were fodder – I mean, does anyone pay attention to them at all? The sad thing is that to attend to the kids is totally tabloid. If that’s the tone that Matt wants to set, that’s his choice. I’m certain that he can do better than that, and if he can’t, that says a lot too.But your point is well-taken. Plenty on both sides.

  4. Team Memeber – I agree completely – that’s pretty much how I see Romney’s position right now. Thanks for commenting.

  5. “the personal is political.” If you remember your feminist theory, then you may remember this. The idea has since taken on it’s own life. One of the great examples of the “law of unintended consequences.”You’ll excuse me if I don’t believe that the right or left is any better about this crap. It’s loathsome behavior. Whether it’s Brunner’s kid or the Bush twins.

  6. Jill:Conservatives don’t really believe that parents’ relationships with their children are important. What they believe is that the way to win elections is to make the alternative to their candidate unacceptable. Thus, they are criticizing Brunner’s son because they want to make her seem like a bad person. This tactic is straight out of the Karl Rove playbook. Conservatives don’t fight with logic, they use emotion. They are good at it, its why they win elections. The way to fight it is to develop emotional appeals around progressive values. An example was Sherrod Brown’s campaign theme of “putting the middle class first.” In that vein, Giuliani’s messy personal life is fodder for his opponents. The problem is that only Mitt Romney, who has been married to the same woman for over 30 years can make that kind of appeal and not be accused of hypocrisy. This is why he could be a force in the GOP primaries, IF he can get well known to GOP voters.

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