A Third Party?
There is some talk by social conservative leaders about running a third party candidate if Rudy Giuliani wins the Republican nomination, since Giuliani is pro-abortion. While I am no Giulaini supporter, this talk is, in my opinion, misguided.
Social conservatives have had a chance to nominate someone who is truly pro-life. Mike Huckabee is engaging, smart, and funny- and has gotten almost no fundraising support. Mitt Romney, although a late convert, is pro-life, and some conservative Christians refuse to support him because he is a Mormon. Fred Thompson is a social conservative, and James Dobson has slammed him not once, but twice. If Dobson doesn't like Giuliani, then maybe he should stop bashing Thompson, Giuliani's main rival.
In addition, the purist approach doesn't work. In 2000, thousands of Florida liberals voted for Ralph Nader, who they saw as more of a "true liberal" than Al Gore. Gore lost Florida by a few hundred votes. Were these liberals happy that they make their point? No. On the contrary, they blamed Nader. (Although perhaps pundits like Michael Moore, who told Florida voters to vote Nader, should get more blame). And the purists didn't even make their point, as 2004 candidate John Kerry wasn't any more liberal than Gore.
There are plenty of true social conservatives to support. We should support them, and not support a disastrous and futile third party run.