Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Thompson out (was he ever in?)

Fred Thompson ended his lame campaign for the presidency today. His campaign was a total disappointment to me. Of the existing candidates, he was my favorite. There was tremendous hype and hope when he began his effort a few months back, but talk about a major fizzle. Freddy T just didn't seem to want it.

Thompson insiders (and I know a particularly powerful one) have continually assured me that he worked hard during his short-lived campaign and genuinely did have the resolve to stick through a grueling campaign. Sorry, I just didn't see it.

Thompson, in my opinion, had the chance to really sky rocket ahead of the Republican field. I sort of think the lack of a solid front runner back in September made him believe leading the race would be easier than it turned out to be. Again, a big disappointment. I thought his platform was solid, certainly someone I could get behind.

I think Thompson's exit helps Jimmy Carter...um...I mean...Mike Huckabee. Ironically, McCain and Thompson are closer on paper than Thompson and Clinton...um..I mean Huckabee, but most pundits think Thompson's presence is what cost Huckabee the S.Carolina race. I think Thompson's exit really gives Huckabee a better chance of beating McCain and Rudy "I'm betting the farm on Florida" Giuliani. Whatever the case, Thompson's exit is causing me to really study up on the remaining candidates. Let's see what happens in Florida.


Mark Davis said...

I have to confess I'm completely dissillusioned with the political scene shaping up in 2008. And I'm bitterly disappointed in the current administration.

Given the choices in 2008 -- two anti-Christ liberals, a Mormon, an adulterer, a sideshow, and a great-grandpa -- I'm hoping my ballot has a "None of the above" option at the bottom.

May God have mercy on us, and give us the leadership we need, rather than the leadership we deserve.

Rick Calohan said...

Well, when this race began I was for Dan Quayle (Presbyterian), oh wait that was in 1996, and again in 2000. Where was I oh yes when this race began I was for Senator George “Macaca” Allen (Presbyterian), but obviously after he lost his Senate seat over the “Macaca” flap there was no way for him to win the nomination. So then single issue Tom Tancredo (Presbyterian) to the rescue, but he had trouble articulating his position during the debates, because illegal immigration is not really a security threat, just ask El Presidente Jorge W. Arbusto. Sad, because Republicans allow illegal aliens for cheap labor, and Democrats allow it for future registered voters to make up for the 42 million + innocent lives they have slaughtered since January 22, 1973. Well, as true Conservatives hoped for maybe Fred Thompson would rescue this party from its malaise. I guess it was not meant to be, it is really is going to come down between McCain and Romney, Huckster is out of money, Rudi has no chance. GOP history has shown that whoever the runner up was in last big dance and that was John McCain, will be the anointed one. A McCain/Thompson ticket would have work for me. However, I think Thompson also had some family issues with his mother’s health so running for VP or making an endorsement may not be on his list of priorities. With Congressmen Duncan Hunter out as well it looks like conservatives will have to forgive McCain on his past policy blunders McCain/Feingold, McCain/Kennedy, his anti tax cuts of 2003, his showboating to put down his party, and look to his overall record. However, I think many fiscal conservatives are behind Romney, I know National Review endorsed Romney, and when they did, I think that spelled the end of both the Hunter and Thompson campaigns that seem to have garnered little or no traction. I just know that once again the person I vote for to become the President of the United States will not be my first choice.

AJF said...

Mark, I am feeling the same way...and getting worse.

Rick, you crack me up. Arbusto! I like your reasons for why Repubs and Dem's want illegal immigrants to come in....

Frontier Forest said...

I too, like Brother Mark and Tony, was an ardent Bush supporter! But so disgusted with his failures and his blunders, it’s hard for me to think about dragging Bush out, from underneath the bushes, where it seems he has been for the last 6 years. I don’t trust McCaine but I guess he will be the one I will have to vote for. The good thing going for McCaine, I strongly believe he will do something positive about bringing this war to a favorable conclusion. It maybe victory after from under the bush.

GUNNY said...

I too was majorly disappointed.

Fred just seemed to lack that eye of the tiger.

In some ways, I think the nomination was his to lose ... and he lost it.

AJF said...

Gunny- I think you are right. It was his nomination to lose. I don't get it.

Woodster- On paper I line up with McCain more than Huckabee. Problem is, McCain is wishy washy and doesn't always do what he says he believes. That's typical for a politician, but it makes a crappy president. Further, if I vote for McCain, it will be breaking one of my key stipulations- I don't vote for guys who have spent more than 2 terms in Congress. Such guys have sold out too much and too often to be trusted. Life-time politicians are not to be trusted. They are just to warped by the years of pay offs and compromises. I fear McCain fits this description. Problem is, I think Huckabee is basically a pro-life Democrat and Giuliani is about the same as McCain, only Pro-choice and a mess ethically. I fear McCain will look old and status quo against Obama, and maybe even Clinton.

I think it's looking bleak for Republicans right now.

Frontier Forest said...

God is sovereign! And we must always remember our second Scripture memorization verse from Crown Ministries?
"Everything in the heaven and earth is Your O Lord, and this is Your Kingdom. We adore You as being in control of everything. All riches and honor come from You O Lord, and You are the Ruler of ALL mankind. Your hands control power and might and it is at YOUR discretion that men are made great and given strength."
I Chronicles 29:11-12

Jim said...

Well, the polls currently have only McCain beating either (likely) Democratic nominee.

As for McCain's age: I agree it's a concern. I think he'll be a one-term president, which would make his choice for Veep critical. The Veep would presumably be the leading GOP candidate for 2012 (if they win in 2008).

GUNNY said...

Hmm. Okay, then I will allow a McCain-Thompson ticket.

That way Fred can be the man in 2012.

Jim said...


I too think Thompson would be a good Veep nominee for McCain. (Recall that Thompson endorsed McCain in 2000.) Although I have some residual concern about Thompson as a presidential candidate given the weak performance and lack of good political sense he manifested in this race.

I think my first preference would be for Jeb Bush (who was the Bush who should have been prez, but won the governorship in FL one election too late). But I suspect that George II has pretty much spiked Jeb's chances, though. Which is too bad in my estimation, I think Jeb would have made a better president than (either) George.

GUNNY said...

Jeb is still young, though. I like some Jeb as well, but knew once GWB got in that there would need to be some buffer between Bushes.

Let's just hope it's not another Clinton!

I didn't realize Fred endorsed McCain in 2000. That's interesting and I'm very interested to see who Fred will endorse this go 'round, assuming he does.

I have to agree that Fred didn't come off as "stately" in the campaigning. He lacked a certain gravitas that I think he doesn't quite know how to let shine through.

Perhaps it's his handlers, but I think he underachieved.

Perhaps he too felt the sting of the Cowboys demise.

AJF said...

Sorry guys, no more chances for any of the Bush family. McCain has to pick someone else, if he ends up being the guy.

I still think McCain is going to look very old against Obama. Against Hillary, that's different. I think he can take her.

I'm not saying I'm happy about McCain...he's a lifer in Congress, I can't stand voting for such slippery folks.

Rick Calohan said...

Who said it?

John McCain or Ronald Reagan?

As pleased as we are that we have a reason to celebrate tonight, I know that I must keep foremost in my mind that I am not running for President to be somebody, but to do something. I am running to keep America safe, prosperous and proud. I am running to restore the trust of the American people in their government. I am running so that our children and their children will have even greater opportunities than the ones we were blessed with. I am running so that every person in this country, now and in generations to come, will know the same, sublime honor that has been the treasure of my life: to be proud to be an American.

I seek the nomination of our Party, because I am as confident today as I was when I first entered public life -- our confidence in the good sense and resourcefulness of free people -- are always in America's best interests. In war and peace, in good times and challenging ones, we have always known that the first responsibility of government it to keep this country safe from its enemies, and the American people free of a heavy handed government that spends too much of their money, and tries to do for them what they are better able to do for themselves. We want government to do its job, not your job; to do it better and to do it with less of your money; to defend our nation's security wisely and effectively, because the cost of our defense is so dear to us; to respect our values because they are the true source of our strength; to enforce t he rule of law that is first defense of freedom; to keep the promises it makes to us and not make promises it will not keep. We believe government should do only those things we cannot do individually, and then get out of the way so that the most industrious, ingenious, and enterprising people in the world can do what they have always done, build an even greater country than the one they inherited.

My friends, I know we are facing challenging economic times, and we must be responsive to the concerns of Americans who fear they are being left behind in the global economy. But nothing is inevitable in our country. We are the captains of our fate. We can overcome any challenge as long as we keep our courage, and stand by our defense of free markets, low taxes, and small government that have made America the greatest land of opportunity in the world.

I promise you I will always put America -- her strength, her ideals, her future -- before every other consideration. I will not let you down, so help me God.