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Charles, your post below is exactly right. Stacking up Hillary v. Rudy, you have two pro-choice politicians, but one is an out-spoken Christian, the other is not. You have two politicians who claim to have economic expertise, but only one that can claim to have anything to do with a sustained national economic boom. Both candidates will pay lip service to family values, yet only one of them is still married to their first spouse and has a record of various family-friendly micro-iniatives (v-chip, anyone?).
That leaves the war, and in that regard I’m not sure that Rudy is going to have the general election edge that he thinks he’ll have. After all, Hillary has pointedly refused not only to apologize for her initial vote authorizing the Iraq War, but she has also refused to promise to bring all the troops home by the end of her first term. That’s more than five years from now.
She has been running a brilliant general election campaign in the midst of the primary season. Rudy is running on his hero status and his presumed national security credentials. That may work in the primary, but is it going to work with a war-weary general population? Especially when it will be very tough to classify the race as “resolve v. surrender?”
As Governor Romney has rightly noted, the great Republican victories that began with Reagan were built on three legs, not two. Without genuine social conservatism, there’s not much to separate the Republicans from the Democratic Leadership Council. After all, the DLC (which dominated the Clinton administration) is built around the idea that Republicans cannot and should not “own” economic and security issues. Hillary Clinton may be leftist, but she’s not going to run left.
I’ll support Rudy over Hillary if that is the choice I’m left with, but it would be foolish to presume that all evangelicals will. I could see her beating her husband’s share of the evangelical vote. After all, Bob Dole was pro-life.

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