RUDY AND THE BASE….Conventional wisdom says that no candidate can win the Republican presidential nomination unless they’re firmly opposed to abortion. Apparently Rudy Giuliani plans to test that wisdom:

After months of conflicting signals on abortion, Rudolph W. Giuliani is planning to offer a forthright affirmation of his support for abortion rights in public forums, television appearances and interviews in the coming days, despite the potential for bad consequences among some conservative voters already wary of his views, aides said yesterday.

….”Conventional wisdom says he can’t” win the nomination, said Mike DuHaime, Mr. Giuliani’s campaign manager, who then played down the significance of the discordance between Mr. Giuliani and much of his party on abortion and other social issues. “But we believe that based on his record in New York City, based on his leadership when America was tested on Sept. 11, that he can.”

Maybe. But my money’s on conventional wisdom. After all, Rudy’s only doing this because he knows he really doesn’t have any choice. Today’s revelations about his donations to Planned Parenthood took waffling off the table as a feasible campaign strategy. He’s screwed and he knows it.

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