To return to an earlier discussion, Joe Knippenberg has expressed skepticism about my argument that a Giuliani nomination would spur a socially-conservative third party candidate. Well, it turns out that reality is outstripping his skepticism: the New York Times reported several days ago that conservative evangelical leaders met over the previous weekend and concluded that a Giuliani nomination would spur them to explore the possibility of a third party candidate.
In the meantime, Archbishop Raymond Burke, the Catholic bishop who threatened to withhold communion from John Kerry in 2004, has now announced that he would withhold communion from Rudolf Giuliani. Giuliani's response indicates the true heart of the contemporary Republican party: "Archbishops have a right to their opinion, you know. There's freedom of religion in this country. There's no established religion, and archbishops have a right to their opinion. Everybody has a right to their opinion."
Giuliani - who claims to be a Catholic, in spite of several divorces and remarriages and his public support for abortion and gay marriage - reduces what Archbishop Burke calls "serious public sin" to a matter of opinion. His response is awfully similar to that of President of Columbia University when asked to justify why the President of Iran should be given a stage. The crazy Left and the crazy Libertarians continue to come together. May they continue to form their own party and reveal to everyone the true hollowness of their "beliefs."