Tuesday, January 22, 2008


Fred Thompson is out.

If Giuliani or Romney is smart, one of them will sign up Thompson as their V.P. candidate. (Update: For whatever it's worth, Captain's Quarters quotes a report saying that Thompson has no interest in a V.P. or cabinet position.)

According to Mark Levin, Thompson will not be endorsing another candidate.


Blogger Donald Douglas said...

Also from Captain Ed:

"In my opinion, the tone of this primary has strayed unnecessarily into negative attacks on valuable members of our own team. Instead of focusing on positive aspects of a favored candidate, too often our advocates have opted to seize on any criticism of others and make that their main message....

It has led to what I call Ultimatum Politics -- where people start to demand that either their specific candidate gets nominated or they refuse to participate in the general election. That results from overcranked partisanship clouding mature judgment. In a general election, voters have to make a choice, and as Ronald Reagan warned, it's better to support a candidate with whom one agrees on 70% of the issues rather than allow a 30% candidate to prevail instead. Demonizing all of the other options...paralyzes a political party."

I think McCain's going to win the nomination, and conservatives need to unite somehow, because the true Democrats will be drastically, devastatingly worse.

3:41 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I'm afraid we part company there...if you go down the list of McCain and his issues, I'm not really sure there would be much difference from electing a Clinton. I don't say that lightly. For example, given McCain-Feingold, the Gang of 14, and McCain's efforts to silence a pro-life PAC, just for starters, it's hard to imagine any strict constructionist judges being appointed by McCain. I suspect they would be "moderate" Republicans or liberals.

Another issue is McCain's own antipathy toward conservatives and particularly religious conservatives. (It's interesting, Giuliani is not a conservative in many areas, but he communicates a respect for those who think differently than McCain does.)

One thing I've noticed, which Rush Limbaugh has elaborated on at great length over the last couple days, is that conservatives are always told that we need to go along to get along, but Democrats or liberal Republicans don't tend to bend the other direction. I'd love to hear that all Republicans need to unite behind a conservative.

The situation in microcosm: Here in CA I voted for Arnold, because he could win and was the lesser of two evils. He's done a few things right, like rolling back car taxes, but the end result has been that things wouldn't have been a whole lot different than if Davis stayed in office. He caved in because he wanted to be liked -- just as McCain caves to Democrats -- and we're facing a budget in a shambles and the prospect of universal healthcare being forced onto us.

Well, anyway, I enjoy your opinions, thanks for sharing them even though we don't agree on McCain. :)

Best wishes,

4:06 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

Its really a shame about Thompson but I do think he really had to 'want' it. And he simply didn't.

Such is our loss.

7:48 PM  
Blogger J.C. Loophole said...

Not buying a ticket on the McCain train just yet. I was a Thompson supporter and voted for him in the SC primary. I was disappointed in today's announcement, as he was one of the few truly conservative candidates in the race (sorry to see Duncan Hunter go also).

However when someone with conservative outlook and not a "one-issue" voter looks at the group of contenders, Huckabee, McCain and Gulianni are NOT the options that jump out at you.
Romney on the other hand....

Newsbusters is running a poll asking who would Thompson voters would support now. As of this moment, 77% are supporting Romney.
McCain has too many problems that the MSM is sweeping aside in their fevor to push him as the heir apparent. By the way, when the MSM is pushing something, I tend to start wondering why...and get skeptical.

I think that Romney will emerge as more of the conservative choice. I don't see this as a boon for McCain- just the opposite. By the way- we are still early in this. It's not only too soon, but perhaps a bit niave to say who the candidate will be yet.

7:57 PM  
Blogger Ugly Naked Guy said...

We have neighbors who relocated to CA from MASS. Their take on Romney - no different than a democrat. Think about it, no conservative could be elected in MASS.

3:04 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks for the input on Romney. I certainly have my doubts about whether his recent conversion to conservatism is genuine or for political expedience.

The choices aren't going to be easy for Republicans this year...

Good to hear from you!
Best wishes,

3:54 PM  

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