Should anyone be surprised that Rudy Giuliani is bleating that if Donald Trump doesn’t garner the required 1,237 delegates needed for a majority but is close, the GOP should hand the nomination to him?
Giuliani, who supports Trump, told CNN host Chris Cuomo, “If he is within 20 or 30 within the nomination, they have to give it to him.” Cuomo correctly responded, “That's not the rule.”
The former New York City mayor blustered, “I know, but they change other rules, so why not change that rule? Just because it is a rule, doesn't mean it's fair.”
There’s no surprise here; as has been often noted, Trump’s positions are far closer to the leftist ideal of government than anything remotely conservative, and Giuliani’s conservatism, both personal and professional, have been suspect for decades.
Infidelity? The two men share sordid histories, as everyone knows, whether its Trump’s sexual peccadilloes, which he has consistently bragged about, or Giuliani’s cheating on wife #2 with wife #3, only informing an unaware wife #2 of their separation at a press conference.
Giuliani? As John Hawkins of Townhall has written of Giuliani, “We're talking about a guy whose record is pro-abortion (even pro-partial birth abortion), pro-gun control, and pro-illegal immigration.” Hawkins pointed out, “The National Journal's rating system put him at 56 percent conservative and 44 percent liberal on economic issues in 1996 and assessed him as liberal by 59 to 40 percent in looking at his social issues votes."
In 1994, Giuliani endorsed Democratic icon Mario Cuomo over George Pataki for governor, asserting that he opposed Pataki's plan to cut income taxes by 25%. There were all sorts of rumors in 1996 that Giuliani might endorse Bill Clinton over Bob Dole.
Trump’s positions are far closer to the leftist ideal of government than anything remotely conservative, and Giuliani’s conservatism, both personal and professional, have been suspect for decades.
Neither Giuliani nor Trump wants to play by the rules, unsurprising since they don’t think rules apply to them, but in addition, they are displaying their utter disregard and ignorance of history, since there have been a bevy of GOP candidates who did not lead entering the convention who became president, including the greatest president of all.
But since the two men reflect each other in profound and disturbing ways, their effort to cheat the rules shouldn’t be a surprise at all.