The Corner

Mexico City, etc.

Couldn’t Giuliani help himself with social conservatives and make things simpler for everyone by committing to just upholding the status quo on social issues—abortion, embryo research, marriage, and the like? Why not say that while he’s not inclined to move right he will veto efforts to move left on any of those areas, and so will keep things where they are now? Obviously social conservatives want more; they want a president who will champion their causes. But if Giuliani is trying to argue that they at least shouldn’t oppose him, and if, as Ramesh reports, he is coming to something of a default status quo position on some of the key issues, isn’t that a sensible way for him to make his appeal? If he refuses to do even that, social conservatives will at least know for sure that they’re right to be as worried as they are about him.

Yuval Levin is the director of social, cultural, and constitutional studies at the American Enterprise Institute and the editor of National Affairs.

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