The Enemy of My Enemy

I’m scared of Rudy Giuliani, both because I think his presidency would make the Bush era look like a model of reponsible diplomacy and because I think in a general election he would be a very strong candidate. The question everyone always asks is whether he can make it out of the GOP primary. The idea is that since he’s pro-choice, twice-divorced, pro-gun control and presided over a city that invited in and sheltered illegal immigrants, he’ll be rejected by the uber-conservative republican primary voters. But it doesn’t work that way. Rudy’s conservative bona fides are all about his personality, his temperment, and his outlook. Substantive policies have nothing to do with it, and they’re not going to start having anything to do with the race anytime soon. That’s why Giuliani is eager to trumpet the fact that he’s now being attacked by MoveOn. The idea is that if the no-good liberals are going after Giuliani, then he must be a real conservative.

Chris Hayes is the host of All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC.

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