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Smoke signals

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Aug 25, 2004

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed (registration required), neoconservative essayist David Frum takes note of the fact that at the coming Republican national convention, the most-watched speaker will be former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, a "pro-choice" keynote speaker for a party that remains avowedly pro-life in its national platform.

Frum-- whose attitude toward Giuliani is clearly respectful and supportive-- has a suggestion as to how the speaker should handle this delicate issue. He calls for "the searching out of common ground on a broad range of life issues," and, specifically, a signal of support for embryonic stem-cell research.

Keep in mind that these are Frum's suggestions, not Giuliani's and not the Republican Party's. But they do provide pro-life Republicans with ample warning that some colleagues in the GOP are ready and willing to sell out their cause.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Cantor Rich - Aug. 25, 2004 10:35 PM ET USA

    And after the GOP has sold us down the river on life-issues, to whom do we turn for representation?