For some odd reason George Bush has often been referred to as “the decider” and now apparently GOP front runner Rudy Giuliani is earning the nickname “the divider” and could be the cause of another 3rd party movement if he gains the GOP nomination. The Religious Right, already fuming over the lack of attendance of the “Value Voters Debate”, is now looking for options if pro-choice Rudy gets the nod from the GOP.
The meeting of about 50 leaders, including Focus on the Family’s James Dobson, the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins and former presidential candidate Gary Bauer, who called in by phone, took place at the Grand America Hotel during a gathering of the Council for National Policy, a powerful shadow group of mostly religious conservatives. James Clymer, the chairman of the U.S. Constitution Party, was also present at the meeting, according to a person familiar with the proceedings.
“The conclusion was that if there is a pro-abortion nominee they will consider working with a third party,” said the person, who spoke to Salon on the condition of anonymity. The private meeting was not a part of the official CNP schedule, which is itself a closely held secret. “Dobson came in just for this meeting,” the person said.
How the mighty have fallen. The Religious Right has spent many years gaining a foothold in the GOP and at the height of their influence were a major force in getting Republican’s elected. So what has happened? If the very possible occurs and Giuliani gains the nomination, the far-right could be relegated to the likes of other third party runs by such notables as Ralph Nader and instead of getting politicians elected, they could quite possibly split the party to the eventual benefit of those darn “Secularist” Democrats.
Now I can understand the far-right’s concern for getting their agenda heard and discussed but is their latest myopic one issue concern worth losing what little influence they have left in the Republican Party? The Democrats surely hope so because it will likely help them in their run for the White House if it continues this way and maybe in the long run it will be good for the Republican Party as well. The rise of radicalism on either side of the spectrum tends to move many to the middle and the core values that most in the party can agree on and based on the current crop of front running candidates for the GOP, that appears to be happening at least on some level.
The far right’s agenda seems to have started to lose it’s luster, the GOP’s pandering to them pushed me completely out of the party over 2 years ago and now most of the major Republican candidates for the White House are ignoring them on their way to the nomination (of course for some reason they seem to be ignoring Blacks and Hispanics as well). It could be a long hard election season for the Religious Right and a sight for these sore eyes.