Theodore Olson's Case for Rudy
8/6/2007 9:13:10 AM - Matt Lewis
Yesterday, I had a chance to chat with former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson
, on his support of Rudy Giuliani.
My first question to Mr. Olson was why a social conservative support Rudy should. According to Olson, there are really three reasons...
First, Olson tells me the most important thing a president can do is confirm good conservative judges. Having known Rudy since 1981, Olson is convinced Rudy will appoint good judges.
Second, Olson believes that before a conservative president can do any good, he must first get elected
. Rudy, he says, has the best shot of any Republican to actually win
Lastly, he tells me that, like Reagan, Rudy has the power of personality. As Olson explains, voters don't go down a checklist of twenty things and then vote for the candidate who agrees with them on the greatest number of issues. Instead, voters are looking for a candidate who has character and leadership. Rudy has that -- and that transcends single issues.
... I also asked him about yesterday’s WaPost article
about Jeri Thompson -- and Peggy Noonan's contention
yesterday that, "Americans would prefer a first lady who doesn't seem like she ever hungered for it."
He tells me that Rudy values Judith, but also understands the American public elects a president to lead, and not a spouse. He says such stories are "crap" and are largely meant to sell newspapers.