Now that Bernie Kerik, the man Rudy assured us would make a great head of Homeland Security, is about to be indicted for tax fraud, corruption and conspiracy counts, Rudy is in need of a new best friend (cross out that last “f” in bff). And who rides to the rescue? None other than Pat Robertson!
Pat Robertson? Mr. God Speaks Directly To Me? Backing Rudy? In today’s New York Times, Pat Loves Rudy, Gail Collins echoes my incredulity:
Back in mid-2001, when Mayor Rudy Giuliani was busy committing adultery, lurching into his divorce and third marriage and rooming with a gay couple he promised to marry as soon as the law allowed, who among us would have imagined that one day he would be endorsed for president by Pat Robertson?
Funny. When Rudy was Mayor in liberal New York, he was pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, and pro gun control. But now, as he tries to straddle the line between his beliefs and electability, he has not only made a holy alliance with Pat Robertson, Rudy says he considers Pat one of his advisors. On foreign affairs maybe?
In 2005 he (Robertson) called for the assassination of Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela. “If he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it,” Mr. Robertson said.
Or maybe Rudy wants to use him to help formulate domestic policy:
In 1998, he warned that hurricanes and other natural disasters would sweep down on Orlando, Fla., because gay men and lesbians were flocking to Disney World on special ”gay days.”
Very nice, Pat. So loving.
But since Rudy is best known for his stance against terrorism (the horrible acts committed on 9/11 ironically bringing him into the national limelight and arguably to where he is today), then maybe Robertson can help there:
And he (Robertson) said that the threat to the United States from activist judges was ”probably more serious than a few bearded terrorists who fly into buildings.”
Hmmm…maybe not. But then, when Rudy tells us Pat Robertson will be one of his advisors, just what does he really mean? And why should we care?
Rudy knows he needs to win over the conservative Republicans who feel uncomfortable with what they perceive to be his liberal leanings. So he is willing to make alliances with people like Pat Robertson, whose televised 700 Club has a wide following of evangelicals who believe what he says about God speaking to him – or at the very least, respect his views of the world. And Rudy is counting on him both for his direct audience and for the others who may now feel more comfortable with him as a choice for the greater good. (And possibly greater God.)
As for taking Pat’s advice…well, Rudy’s not known for reaching too far out of his inner circle and will probably do whatever he wants to anyway. (Sound familiar all you George W. Bush fans?)
And what about Pat? Why Rudy? From Pat Robertson’s own website regarding the possibility of peace between Israel and the Palestinians through a two-state solution:
There is no battle of Armageddon, ladies and gentlemen. There is none. The Bible does not tell us there’s a battle of Armageddon. The final battle is going to be Jerusalem. And all of the nations – UN, EU – the European Union, Russia and the USA – the so-called quartet – are going to be moving in power against the Jews to force them into an untenable peace.
Isn’t it amazing that Jesus said Jerusalem will fall under the foot of the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled, and we have just closed the circle on Nebuchadnezzar’s dream? It’s amazing, in my opinion, what’s happened. And now, perhaps, voluntarily or reluctantly, we’ve just joined this bunch of thieves to go against the nation of Israel to frustrate the promise and the prophecy of Jesus Christ.
So what does Zechariah say is going to happen? What Zechariah says when this happens, “And all nations,” he says, “the Lord will come and all of His angels, Holy Ones with Him, and they will fight for Jerusalem.”
My best guess is that Pat Robertson believes Rudy’s the most likely candidate to lead us to the end game he envisions, where God and the “holy ones” will fight for Jerusalem in “the final battle”, bringing about what Robertson sees as the end of this world and the beginning of heavenly glory for all true believers. For Robertson, Rudy, with his tough talk, saber rattling, and well-earned reputation for not getting along with others and for pushing ahead with what he wants no matter what others say, may be the best chance to get us to that battle.
For once, Robertson and I agree.