I’d say he better considering Huckabee’s recent surge and everyone ripping on his socially liberal views despite the Pat Robertson endorsement. Here’s a story from the AP concerning this:
WASHINGTON (AP) – Rudy Giuliani assured a conservative legal group Friday that if elected president he would appoint federal judges who adhere to their principles. He also praised a judge who declared the capital city’s gun ban unconstitutional and ridiculed efforts to eliminate the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.
In a speech marking the 25th anniversary of the Federalist Society, Giuliani spelled out a conservative legal agenda in which he cited Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts as models for the judges he would appoint to the federal bench.
He contended that Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama or John Edwards, as president, would select judges who were “activists and try to legislate social policy.”
His basic message is that he will continue to have his personal liberal social views yet he will appoint judges diametrically opposed to his personal views. Conservative voters are probably correct in being weary of such an arrangement. However, he can’t do worse than past Republican Presidents like Bush Sr. who put David Souter on the court, one of the more liberal justices.
I guess if Giuliani is elected and does not hold true to his promise, he’ll be serving one term as the conservatives who helped elect him would not be doing so a second time. That is, I’m assuming there will be at least one Supreme Court vacancy in the first term of the next presidency.