Larry Kudlow of CNBC usually fawns all over any Republican that appears on his show with a Stepford type quality that is standard for right wing talkies, but Mike Allen's (chief political correspondent) almost drooling segment is quite appalling for a neutral <
journalist>. Back in May, '05---Robertson told THIS WEEK, that Rudy was a good friend of his and would do a super job as President even though he didn't share his views. (Judges are a bigger threat than Hitler to Pat.)
Allen: The campaign did a masterful job of ramping up the suspense. They announced a big endorsement and we were wondering if it would be Colin Powell or who it would be and this took everyone by surprise. Larry, this is the good housekeeping seal of approval for Christian Conservatives who are suspicious of the Mayor's views on Gay rights, abortion rights, as you know, some of who are offended by some parts of his life style. Now you have the most famous Christian leader , short of the Pope and Billy Graham ---saying Rudy Giuliani is acceptable. And Larry, this is big.---Pat Robertson said the biggest issue for social conservatives IS---and you know what it is...Selection of Judges. Now that's spin for Rudy because that's the one place where as you know he's congruent with them...
What's sad about this report by Allen is that Rudy has not appointed strict Conservative judges when he had the chance in the past. Allen could have easily turned to one of the Politico's own articles written by Ben Smith:
A Politico review of the 75 judges Giuliani appointed to three of New York state's lower courts found that Democrats outnumbered Republicans by more than 8 to 1. One of his appointments was an officer of the International Association of Lesbian and Gay Judges. Another ruled that the state law banning liquor sales on Sundays was unconstitutional because it was insufficiently secular.
Doesn't that seem like a very relevant piece of information to bring to a report instead of offering spin for Rudy? Most people know that Pat Robertson is one step removed from the loony bin so any endorsement by him for a candidate carries virtually no weight in the extreme religious right community---except in the mind of Allen and Lawrence Kudlow: "Rudy’s Big Score"
The Dobson/FRC base shudders at the thought of Rudy. Laura Ingraham said on the O'Reilly Factor that many callers from Robertson's club of listeners were not happy with Pat's endorsement of Rudy because it goes against their values.