Giuliani and Double Standards
Imagine if a Republican presidential candidate voiced support for the idea of global warming. There would be a massive media controversy, pundits would wonder whether that candidate had sabotaged his chances of winning, and that fact would certainly become universally known. If that candidate went to far as to lavish praise on Al Gore's pseudoscientific screed "An Inconvenient Truth", even Republican bootlickers like Sean Hannity would probably wonder about the candidate's conservative credentials.
Unless, apparently, that candidate is Rudy Giuliani. He has received no negative media coverage for his evident belief in global warming. At a Silicon Valley fundraiser, Giuliani was asked a question regarding his belief in global warming. Giuliani started to channel Al Gore and responded that the vast majority of scientists regard global warming as manmade. Of course, that is incorrect- a majority of scientists probably do consider it manmade, but it is hardly an unanimous scientific consensus.
Giuliani then spouted some enviormentalist nonsense about ethonal as a clean fuel, then came out with his Al Gore admiration society speech. He said that Gore's movie was good for "frightening people" , but "didn't go far enough" regarding solutions to global warming. (Personally, I thought Gore had the solutions thing figured out. Buy carbon credits, watch global warming melt away).
Now Giuliani apparently is more or less completely lost when it comes to the causes of global warming. He says that we should be cleaning up pollutants anyway, so the global warming debate is unnecessary. Except the popular theory regarding global warming is that greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide cause global warming. Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant- as everybody knows, humans breathe it. So we could clean up all sources of pollution, and still have Al Gore droning on about the dangers of global warming. It doesn't say much about Giuliani's attention to the issues. (See the whole video here)
Apparently no major news site or blog, with the exception of Pajamas Media, bothered to have anything to do with this story. (A Google search of "rudy giuliani al gore global warming" turned up nothing on this story on the first five pages of results, with the exception of a short article in the San Francisco Chronicle and the aforementioned Pajamas Media post). These same blogs dissect Mitt Romney's conversion to a pro-life stance, wonder if Fred Thompson's stand on abortion is acceptable, and pore through all of Mike Huckabee's public utterances on illegal immigration and taxes. When a John McCain supporter refers to Hillary as a "bitch", many are outraged that he didn't defend her adequately. (The rest thought: "but isn't she one"?) But a story on Giuliani's belief in global warming? Not worth mentioning.
This double standard applies to other areas of the campaign as well. In 2004, some Catholic bishops threatened to deny Communion to John Kerry. His stand on abortion was incompatible with Church teaching, many Catholic leaders said. The incident received significant media attention. A lively debate broke out regarding the proper role of clergy in political matters.But when Saint Louis Archbishop Raymond spoke out against Giuliani's abortion stance, silence reigned in the media.
When it was revealed that Bill Clinton had engaged in an extra-martial affair, conservatives were justifiably outraged. When Rudy Giuliani engaged in an extra-martial affair- what affair? Sean Hannity has an (weak) argument that we should be outraged when our leaders (as in Bill Clinton) have affairs, as that makes them easy targets for blackmail. Unless, apparently, that leader is Rudy Giuliani. Then it is all right.
I suppose that it is possible for some to live with Rudy's support for homosexuality and abortion, and his antipathy towards gun rights and immigration enforcement. But Giuliani should not receive special treatment. If global reason if a reason to hate Al Gore, then is a reason to oppose Giuliani. If Bill Clinton's sexual exploits make him persona non grata, then so should Giuliani's. Rudy Giuliani should receive the same media treatment as the rest of the field.