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Anybody’s Presidential Race to Win, So Why Not Fred Thompson?

I posted this in response to Jake’s post, Anybody’s Race to Win.

Here is the Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll History numbers to which I was referring in my comment.

What is interesting is if you look at the shift in the last two weeks (since DEC 14), we have this:

Huckabee (-6%)
Romney (-2%)
Giuliani (N/C)
Thompson (+1%)
McCain (+4%)

I don’t really care about these polls, since I don’t decide my vote based on what some Idiots Out Walking Around in Iowa are deciding, but…

I’m no polling expert, but just looking at those shifts in the last two weeks, it seems like people are not liking the fighting going on with Romney and Huckabee, the more they each reveal about each other in the attack ads, and so are giving another look to McCain and then looking at Thompson, now that he has put more ads out there (since the mass media and most political blogs are ignoring him, except to say he’s ‘lazy’ and say ‘he has no shot’).

Rudy Giuliani has stayed pretty much the same, because people have known his pros and cons for months/years now, so there is really nothing new to discover about him. The Conservative base does not like him, since they know he is an unabashed liberal on many policies and they are probably hoping to find a Conservative alternative, so they don’t have to vote for Rudy in the general. The problem is that if the Conservative base does not find a candidate around whom to rally, this Primary may end up like the 1992 general election. Rudy may end up winning by default, as Bill Clinton did, since the Conservative vote is split among Fred, McCain and Romney.

It is really a shame that Conservatives are more concerned with beating Hillary rather than voting on Conservative principles. The onlyCconservatives in the race are Fred and McCain. But McCain betrayed Conservatives throughout the past 4 years with McCain-Feingold, the Gang of 14 and leading the charge for Amnesty (and completely insulting anyone who was against his Amnesty). Not to mention his position on “torture” is weak and in line with liberal Democrats. So that leaves Fred Thompson.

For me, the choice is easy. But for everyone else, it seems that they keep harping on this “whoever can beat Hillary” nonsense. I recall Republicans making fun of Democrats about their “Anybody but Bush” campaign in 2004, during which Democrats nominated John Kerry, not because he was whom they wanted, but because they felt he was “electable”. Well, golly gee, now the Republicans are doing the exact same thing. The sad truth is that the Republican voters have now become their worst enemies. They are now as unprincipled as Democrat voters were in 2004.

It’s sad and pathetic to me.

And I have lost a LOT of respect for people in politics such as political bloggers and such, because I have learned that they are not principled people at all, they simply are “the ends justify the means” people.

Sad state of affairs in our country right now and it has nothing to do with the Democrats. I see one of our greatest weaknesses coming from the Republican Party voters, who are more intersted in “electability” than principle.

I don’t mind people nominating Rudy or Romney or McCain or Huckabee or whomever. However, as Rush Limbaugh says, don’t redefine Conservatism in the process to try to say your candidate is a Conservative. Conservatism does not need redefining. The only true Conservative in the race is Fred Thompson. In addition to that, he has charm, is quick witted and is very knowledgeable about the role of Federalism in government. He could run rings around any Democrat in debates.

I just don’t see why people are so reluctant to support him.

I will also add that another thing I am looking for in a President is someone who will defend himself from attacks by the Democrats and the media. I am sick of defending the President and Republicans from lies by Democrats, the mass media and the Left, only to have the Administration do nothing to defend themselves. The only two people among the Republican field that I can see being like that are Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson. However, Rudy also defends himself bodly when he is being rightfully attacked on his corruption and bad policies. I don’t want that either.

So that takes me back to Fred Thompson again. And the only criticism he gets is that he is ‘lazy’. Only this criticism is coming from Republican voters. Funny, Ronald Reagan was attacked with that label as well. This is not to say Fred Thompson is Ronald Reagan. No one will ever be Ronald Reagan. But it is interesting to see the attacks of the Left now becoming the attacks of the Right… on their own people.

Sad state of affairs… when the Republican base decides to vote “electability” over principle.


December 29, 2007 , 1:35PM - Posted by | 2008 Presidential Election, Conservatism, Fred Thompson, John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Republicans, Rudy Giuliani

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