Saturday, January 12, 2008

THOMPSON-ROMNEY?

The Democrats have it made this primary election cycle. Either Sen. Barack Obama or Sen. Hillary Clinton will top the ticket. The loser could easily wind up as No. 2 on the ticket.

Nothing messy, unlike the Republicans. Conservatives have split -- social cons with Mike Huckabee, fiscal cons for Mitt Romney, defense cons with Sen. John McCain, security cons with Rudy Giuliani, Goldwater cons behind Rep. Ron Paul. Quite a few Free Republicmembers were rooting for Rep. Duncan Hunter and Rep. Tom Tancredo, and if you say "huh?" you won't be alone.

Fred Thompson, the actor-politician-actor, is Mr. Heartthrob to the Freepers; in their eyes, he's Ronald Reagan for the new century. No, we're not kidding. After months of a moribund campaign, Thompson came out swinging this week in a debate in South Carolina. That performance turned on the money spigots, and now Thompson has a chance -- not a huge one, but a chance, and right now the GOP will take anything it can get, so long as the offering is properly vocal in condemning illegal immigration, abortion and gay marriage.

Scrambling for a solution in an already-sobering election scenario, the GOP's rank-and-file is willing to consider anything. Check this post on The Corner at National Review:
The two candidates most acceptable to conservatives, Thompson and Romney, are in not so good shape. The three least acceptable, Huckabee, McCain, and Giuliani, are in relatively good shape. It's entirely possible that the two conservatives will be knocked out early and the eventual nominee will be unacceptable to a large segment of the base.
The proposed solution?
My crazy idea is that Thompson and Romney join forces now. Thompson would be the President and CEO, Romney would be the COO. Each would play to his strengths. Fred would work on broad principles and policies (many have commented that he has the most complete set of positions on taxes, entitlements, etc.); Mitt would actually run the government on a day-to-day basis. He would tear into the Washington bureaucracy, reorganize it, and fix it - exactly what he wants to do and has done so well before.
A crazy idea, sure. But what the hell. The GOP won't be running on its agenda this fall. The national campaign will all be about tearing down the Democrats and coming up with inane nicknames for Clinton and/or Obama. If she's the candidate, it's all about "Hitlery." If he wins, you'll hear a lot about "Hussein Osama." When all else fails, start screaming.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

FRED THOMPSON is the best person to lead this country. He is a true conservative and has been his entire life. All one has to do is check his record to see this.

During my time in the Army as an Intelligence Analyst, I served under both Presidents Carter and Reagan (as my commanders in chief). Without argument, President Reagan was the best commander-in-chief a military person could ever have served under. Fred Thompson possesses the same qualities and vision as President Reagan in that he is strong on national defense and sees a dire need to secure our borders and control immigration.

I can think of no better person to lead this country and fix the problems we have. He is the only candidate from either party who has specific and detailed plans on border security and immigration reform; revitalization of America’s armed forces; saving and protecting Social Security; and tax relief and economic growth. These are detailed on his Web site at www.fred08.com . I challenge you to find any other candidate who has laid out specific plans to fix anything.

Fred Thompson has published his first principles, some of which are mentioned above. In addition to those, he strongly believes in individual liberty, personal responsibility, limited government, federalism, traditional American values, the rule of law and is a strong proponent of the Second Amendment — all concepts established during the birth of our country and documented in our Constitution.

Again, try to find any candidate who has laid out their plans to “fix” this country. You will find they all speak in vague and abstract terms on their plans.

For those who have heard Fred Thompson speak, you will usually hear him say that the Fred Thompson you see today is the same Fred Thompson you saw yesterday and is the same Fred Thompson you will see tomorrow. He stands by his principles and values and doesn’t shift his positions based on polls or public opinion; in other words, he doesn’t say what the voters want to hear just to get elected, but remains steadfast on his views and convictions.

During his time in the Senate he focused on three areas: to lower taxes, strengthen national security and expose waste in the federal government. Fred Thompson has foreign policy experience, having served as member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Senate Intelligence committees.

As chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, he opened the investigation in 1997 on the Chinese government’s attempt to influence American policies and elections, and this investigation identified connections with the Clinton administration (documented in the committee’s report).

As a member of the Finance Committee, he worked tirelessly to enact three major tax-cut bills. Fred Thompson remains steadfast and even though a person may not agree with all his views and he understands some may disagree with him, you can count on him to be consistent and unwavering.

Don’t be fooled by his laid back approach and what critics call his “laziness.” As a former assistant U.S. attorney, he earned a reputation as a tough prosecutor and he possesses the toughness this country needs in order to tackle today’s and tomorrow’s issues.

I ask that you take a hard look at what this country needs, then take a hard look at all the other candidates’ views, policies, their records and their track record on consistency. Fred Thompson possesses integrity, loyalty, commitment, energy and decisiveness, all traits of an effective leader, and will emerge as the best person to take this country boldly forward.

Please help Fred win in South Carolina:
https://www.fred08.com/contribute.aspx?RefererID=c637caaa-315c-4b4c-9967-08d864cd0791

Busplunge said...

Wow, after reading all of the above I got water in my eyes. How about McCain / Huckabee? http://bus-plunge.blogspot.com/2008/01/mccain-huckabee-could-obama-beat-them.html

Jack said...

Anonymous loves Fred Thompson so much he is willing to put his name to his post. What love and admiration. Now that is commitment.

tom said...

Please tell me he isn't trying to convince me that we should elect Fred "lobbyist" Thompson???

The man who tries to portray himself as a man of the people and dedicated to the Constitution, yet he worked for a company which lobbied Congress for "special treatment" and "set asides" to benefit whoever happened to hire the firm he worked for.

The everyday common person couldn't get these "special treatments"

Anonymous said...

Before the name calling starts, Mr. Davis, you may recall that it was Teddy Kennedy who first called Obama, "Usama Obama." It wasn't the damned Republicans.

And while you spend time bashing GOP candidates, why don't you examine some of the crew your side is offering. A US Senator with ZERO experience. Another US Senator that does more to divide than to unite and a slip-and-fall trial lawyer. Aside from Edwards, no candidate has ever had to make it in the private sector or run a business. At least two of the 3 are millionaires who pretend to care about the lower and middle classes. HOW IN GOD'S NAME CAN A MILLIONAIRE RELATE, UNDERSTAND OR EMPATHIZE WITH THE POOR? It's laughable.

Yours Truly

THE NEWTSTER