Fredheads, Defend your candidate.

( – promoted by Patrick)

The Economist takes a few swipes at Fred.  (I have also been hearing some things which jive with this.)

But Mr Thompson’s chances depend on the weakness of the field rather than any outstanding qualities of his own. The comparison with Reagan is instructive. Reagan was a conservative ideologue who spent decades working for “the movement”, acting as Barry Goldwater’s champion and running for the Republican nomination on a conservative ticket in both 1976 and 1980. Mr Thompson was a pragmatic senator-a centrist by the standards of the Tennessee Republican Party-who voted for Mr McCain’s campaign-finance reform. His enthusiasm for the pure milk of conservative dogma is a recent development. Reagan distilled his conservative philosophy into a stump speech that had Republican donors instantly opening their wallets. So far Mr Thompson’s speeches have been a succession of conservative clichés interspersed with long pauses.

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  • Knightbrigade

    ELECTABILITY…..If one wants solid conservative qualities vote Tancredo, Huckabee….oh wait….electable? NOPE!!

    As long as he gets “on board” with solid conservative values he’s the nominee.
    Fly in the ointment may be if Romney’s organization wins in Iowa and NH. That might propel Romney through the South…maybe, doubtful but maybe.
    That’s where the Republican nomination will be won or lost. The good ‘ol boys will pick the horse were gonna ride. Giuliani wild card..McCain not a prayer.

    First and foremost I’m a NEWT G. guy….but I’ll go to war for Fred.

  • wavemaker

    looking to Super Duper Tuesday as a means of picking up a sufficient number of delegates to be a player at the convention. He wants to participate, not necessarily win.

  • Knightbrigade

    I already think Romney’s organization will win Iowa and NH.
    barely..BUT…..will that be enough to get the SOUTH to go along and except him. I THINK NOT. Two reasons. Cameleon shift on issues, and Mormon. Those aren’t MY reasons, just my observations. I’d vote for him over a lot of candidates, Not Fred or Newt, but most others.
    Even if other states move UP on the calender, if those moving up are SOUTHERN states they will still for NOW go to Fred.
    Average voters are enjoying the summer, and could care less about politics. Watch Fred’s poll numbers (4 weeks) after he enters. They should be 10-15 points higher and climbing. As long as he shows well in the debates, he’s IN.

    Also, as the Presidential campaign becomes a joke of an expanding 2 yr reality show. (what are we going to hold primaries at Christmas time soon!??? 

  • “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same”

    I took and still take that oath very seriously and expect all others who take that oath to do the same or get the hell outta my government and military.

    When FDT took HIS oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same”

    ….and then became an enemy of the Constitution by co-sponsoring the theft of 1A rights by imposing political speech blackout periods on the People.

    Well….how can I expect him to take the oath to “faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”

    …when he has already proven to me that he has and will use the ability to go against the very Constitution he swears to?

    Pass….that goes for you too Jonny Mc.