100% of Republicans Don’t Endorse a Kate O’Beirne Candidacy
I finally received my copy of the latest issue of National Review in the mail today- the one with the infamous Rudy/Marilyn Monroe photo on the cover.
The article really doesn’t add anything new to the debate regarding Rudy’s presumptive presidential campaign. We get the same tired ”Rudy’s too liberal”; or the patronizing ”Once the ignorant Iowegans find out who Rudy really is, he will lose his standing in the polls” arguments.
One particularly intellectually dishonest argument does need to be addressed. After citing various polls showing Rudy with significant support, O’Beirne makes the following “point”:
“…yet about 70 percent of likely Republican voters don’t endorse a potential Giuliani candidacy for president.”
I’m not sure that this argument would have made it past the vetting of a high school debate coach, so I’m rather suprised it made it past the editors of the most respected conservative magazine in America.
By this argument, we should discount a McCain, Allen, Romney, Gingrich, and every other Republican candidate in the 2008 race as they have either near, or far less of a percentage of Republicans who “don’t endorse” their candidacies.
To those who may believe that O’Beirne is referring to a poll(s) which show that 70% of likely Republican voters do not want Hizzoner to run for president, please do an internet search to try to find such a poll. They simply do not exist. Giuliani consistently tops polls of Republicans that gauge overall favorability. In fact, Giuliani is viewed as an acceptable presidential nominee by 7 out of 10 Republicans.
This intellectual sleight of hand casts a dark shadow over the entire article, making it appear more like a “hit piece” than journalistic analysis.