Sunday, March 11, 2007

A conservative's candidate (with a chance) for '08?

Some conservatives have been pushing and hoping for a Fred Thompson candidacy for 2008. While I think Senator Sam Brownback is the best on the issues of the current and possible candidates, I think Thompson would be a great nominee.

More on him and his appearance on Fox News Sunday -- including his take on the bigger issues -- here.

6 comments:

Psycheout said...

While I agree that Thompson's entry is interesting, I still prefer Sam Brownback. But then, maybe I'm biased. ;-)

Mark said...

Welcome back to regular blogging. I'd gotten out of the habit of stopping by.

The Fox interview was good; the old econ prof in me liked his use of "fungible" in an oil discussion. Other than his desire for a quick pardon of Scooter Libby, he seemed fairly solid on the issues.

The next question will be whether Newt becomes the anti-Rudy rather that Thompson.

Chris Burgwald said...

I agree with both of you... Sam is still my guy, and I, too, wonder if Newt will become the anti-Rudy instead of/together with (?) Fred.

David said...

From the Evans-Novak Political Report

The surprising Republican interest in hints by former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) that he is considering a run for President is evidence of the continuing conservative void in the Republican presidential field. Although long associated with the more liberal Howard Baker wing of the Tennessee GOP, actor-politician Thompson has a strong conservative voting record and is particularly alluring for social conservatives...

Thompson: The hype over former Sen. Fred Thompson has some substance to it, as the actor-politician has already begun approaching experienced campaign hands in key states. Thompson already evokes the obvious comparison to Ronald Reagan because of his profession.

Thompson effectively embraced the Republican right when he ran for and entered the U.S. Senate. From the perspective of the Republican Party's conservative base, he stacks up well against each of the "Big Three" leading Republican candidates. His voting record (lifetime American Conservative Union rating: 86%) in the Senate is more conservative than that of Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain (lifetime ACU rating: 82%), none of his position-switches are nearly as bad or as recent as those of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R), and nothing in his background is as negative as that of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R).

Given enough money, Thompson could make a good run at it by tearing down the conservative credentials of the "Big Three" and then building himself up as a tax-cutting, pro-life former senator. His acting role on "Law & Order" does not hurt, either.

Jeanne said...

After hearing day in and day out of some of the ineptness of the administration, people are quite anxious to see some change. Someone who can take the bull by the horns, jost with Congress and the Media, and in fact - lead so that we know we actually have a head who will lead. Some people may put faith aside and want to nominate a Giuliani who has shown these qualities as Mayor of New York. People desperately want good leadership, I think. So which one of these will lead and which one of these will be Perceived to lead best? Tom Delay has a book coming out that is saying that Newt is an idea guy but as far as leadership in the House went, he didn't fit the bill.

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