Re: NRO for Giuliani

by Andrew C. McCarthy

FWIW, the Corner is a big part of the reason why I decided to be early and public in endorsing Rudy.  I had decided he was the best guy for the job, and my sense of Corner ethics (as well, I hope, as my own ethics) is that one should disclose his biases rather than pretend to be completely objective.  I think I am objective — I know I try to be — but it’s for the readers to decide.  Meanwhile, my fellow Cornerites who are undeclared are really undeclared.  I hear what Jonah’s saying about the Corner and National Review being different beasts, but, in terms of influencing all the candidates, it’s good for National Review that most of the folks here truly haven’t made up their minds yet.

Here’s an interesting thing, and I don’t know what to make of it.  I thought that once I’d endorsed my candidate, and thus been upfront about where I was coming from, I would anxiously jump into the fray whenever issues came up.  In fact, the opposite has happened.  There’ve been any number of times I’ve had something to say but decided not to out of concern that I’d sound like I was campaigning, and a couple of times when I felt strongly enough that I said something against my better judgment and regretted it afterwards.  I still think it’s important to be straight with people, but it’s made a pretty interesting cycle less fun than I thought it would be.

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