Matthew Yglesias has a great post up about Rudy Giuliani and his truly alarming foreign policy strategy. Part of the modern illusion about the Republican Party is that it was a party of moral conservatives and free-market libertarians. But neither of those groups have had any real sway. The party has been run by people with very authoritarian views who only have passing commonality with the other two groups. Compared to the average church-going Republican in a place like Tennessee or Nebraska, Rudy Guiliani is extremely liberal. And compared to the average libertarian, Giuliani is a wannabe-dictator who has absolutely no love for the 2nd Amendment or any other civil liberty.
The success of Rudy Giuliani’s candidacy in the polls is revealing the long-hidden truth about what the “base” of the Republican Party really consists of – people who believe that the long-standing American values (moral strength and a focus on liberty) that made us the envy of the world are now a significant weakness as we deal with the rest of the world. The fakeness of the Republican Party’s moralizing and rhetoric about liberty has long been known to people paying close attention, but it’s now as obvious to the average observer as it could possibly be. And if Giuliani actually becomes the nominee, god help us if Americans can’t figure out how wrong he is when it comes to the role America needs to play in the world.