At The New York Times’ select website, there’s an article (which will not be accessible unless you’re a paid subscriber) entitled “A Right Turn On The Road to Giuliani ’08.” I can’t quote it too extensively because, well, the Times is charging for it because they’re a business. With newspaper circulation continuing to decline, it’s hard to judge them too severely for that. Anyway, it sharply criticizes Rudy Giuliani for what the author views as flip-flops on abortion choice, gun control, and especially immigration:
‘As mayor, Mr. Giuliani ordered that [illegal immigrants] not be denied city services like schools and hospitals. He insisted that city workers not serve, in effect, as immigration agents. His policies swam against the national Republican tide. […]
‘Where he once spoke firmly about tending even to illegal immigrants, he now puts more stress on penalizing them. Where he once talked about their contributions, he now urges tougher border controls. Where he once forbade his police force to ask a person’s immigration status, he now wants illegal immigrants to be issued identity cards. […]
‘”It is post-9/11,” [Ms. Oltarsh-McCarthy] said. “But it seems to me that inherent in that assumption is that immigrants are potential criminals. He never before spoke of immigrants as criminals. It scares me that he would move to a place where people are demonized like this. He was steadfastly against the idea of people having to carry ID cards. He saw is as un-American.” […]
‘The flip-flop accusation, hardly a plus for any candidate, is especially important in Mr. Giuliani’s case because he presents himself as a singular anchor of principle, not someone who bends in the political winds.
‘Yet bend he seems to have done. As mayor, he was fully for abortion rights. As a presidential candidate, he says he would appoint “strict constructionists” to the Supreme Court — code, to many, for undermining Roe v. Wade.