Skip to comments.Could and Shoulda....Where do "Fredheads" go now?
Posted on 08/24/2009 12:38:35 PM PDT by brewferr
So here we were in 2007 worrying about who would take the Reagan "mantle of conservatism" forward. John McCain, Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, Duncan Hunter, Mike Huckabee, Ron Paul and others were already in the race to become the next GOP nominee for president. And you know what? Conservatives were freaking out! Was this really the crop we had to choose from? None of these guys, with the exception of maybe Duncan Hunter or to an extent Ron Paul, really understood what conservatism was.
Then a grassroots draft campaign was initiated to bring someone into the race that really understood American exceptionalism. That individual was the former U.S. Senator from Tennessee - Fred Thompson. In Fred Thompson, conservatives had a real candidate to back. Thompson understood that government should be limited so that it could not tread on our natural God-given rights. He was a champion of low taxes, free-enterprise, traditional American social values, and a strong national defense. It just made sense to back Thompson.
So, in late 2007, Senator Thompson entered the race to become the next president. However, his campaign was attacked by the left-wing media and the other GOP presidential campaigns from the beginning. They accused Thompson of being "lazy like a fox", too radical, too old, etc. These ideas sank in and the Thompson campaigned left the field in early 2008.
That being said, McCain became the next GOP nominee. Conservatives felt betrayed until a little-known governor from Alaska, Sarah Palin came along. She electrified the base and undoubtedly gave the McCain campaign a much needed boost.
Fredheads, where do we go from here? Is Sarah Palin in fact the next person to bear the "mantle of Reagan"? I believe that she will be a force to be reckoned with in the future, but I still hold onto the hope that Senator Fred Thompson will one day be president.
In 1976, Governor Ronald Reagan decided to challenge a sitting president of his party for the GOP nomination. Reagan was repeatedly accused of being lazy, too old, and too radical. Those ideas sank in and Reagan narrowly lost the nomination to Gerald Ford that year. However, Ronald Reagan's campaign wasn't over. He would return in 1980, win the GOP nomination, and lead America into the largest peacetime economic expansion in recent years.
Even with the conservative Sarah Palin in the fray, I believe that there is still a role for Fred Thompson to play. We've pulled him out of political retirement before, and I believe that we can do it again.
Have heard Fred’s wife speak up for Palin.
From what I have heard from Fred especially over the past year and a half, his views are much in line with Palin’s.
Personally, I believe that if Thompson decided to not run for president again, he would be an excellent choice for Palin as VP.
If we must “pull him out of retirement” then the necessary spirit is not in him and he will win no office. Reagan was not ‘pulled out of retirement.’ Reagan continued to work at it until he got it.Thompson is not the man. He can change that but we cannot.
That’s a pretty good team right there!
Sarah Palin. No ifs, ands or buts.
After hearing Fred clear his throat 571,576,751 times during his speech at the RNC convention I don’t think he would be a good idea for anybody.
Right now I’m softly supporting Jim DeMint. Things could change.
That would be a great team.
We’d have to wake him up, wouldn’t we?
Fred Thompson could be Sarah Palin’s Dick Cheney.
“After hearing Fred clear his throat 571,576,751 times during his speech at the RNC convention”
Yea, you’re right, we need somebody like Obama.
Fred is wide-awake. Reagan got caught falling asleep in cabinet meetings and accused of the same things.
Try not to be an idiot. I know it's going to be a strain, but try.
If the presentation of The Message gets in the way of The Message then The Message gets lost or at least muted. Work your brain as hard as you can. Don't hurt yourself. Just try to understand.
This statement is crap. Sarah Palin did not "come along". She was plucked from obscurity and put on the national stage by JOHN MCCAIN. And after she was picked by JOHN MCCAIN, some conservatives still felt betrayed.
SARAH WAS PICKED BY JOHN MCCAIN.
Fred might be a good alternative if SP decides not to run and it would otherwise be a choice between Slick Willard and the Huckster. But, if that were the case a person w/more fire in the belly will have likely jumped in.
Try to refrain from name calling. Your message and YOUR presentation might carry a lot more weight.
Fred! (who was my candidate of choice) reminded (reminds?) me of a southern McKinley, except for the winning-the-election part: He hated campaigning even more than most candidates do, and thus, well, didn’t campaign as much as his rivals did. Pity, perhaps. But I still admire him.
I like the “Palin/Bachmann ‘12” tag. Bachmann has been on fire lately and at the same time attacked like crazy. If the lefties are attacking her like crazy that means she must be doing something right.
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