Skip to comments.Remember, We're Choosing a President (Thomas Sowell: Romney most steady candidate in GOP field)
Posted on 01/07/2008 10:25:01 PM PST by AKSurprise
"The question of what kind of President each candidate would make is infinitely more important than all the "horse race" handicapping that dominates the media.
By far the best presentation as a candidate, among all the candidates in both parties, is that of Barack Obama. But if he actually believes even half of the irresponsible nonsense he talks, he would be an utter disaster in the White House.
Among the Democrats, the choice between John Edwards and Barack Obama depends on whether you prefer glib demagoguery in its plain vanilla form or spiced with a little style and color.
The choice between both of them and Hillary Clinton depends on whether you prefer male or female demagoguery.
Among the Republicans, there are misgivings about the track record of each of the candidates, especially those who have shown what Thorstein Veblen once called "a versatility of convictions."
There are fewer reasons for misgivings about Fred Thompson's track record in the Senate but more reason to be concerned about what his unfocused and lackluster conduct of his campaign might portend for his performance in the White House.
When it comes to personal temperament, Governor Romney would rate the highest for his even keel, regardless of what events are swirling around him, with Rudolph Giuliani a close second.
Temperament is far more important for a President than for a candidate. A President has to be on an even keel 24/7, for four long years, despite crises that can break out anywhere in the world at any time.
John McCain trails the pack in the temperament department, with his volatile, arrogant, and abrasive know-it-all attitude. His track record in the Senate is full of the betrayals of Republican supporters that have been the party's biggest failing over the years and its Achilles heel politically."
(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...
Well there goes my respect for Dr. Sowell.
You disagree with what he wrote so you no longer respect him?
Is there any doubt that Thomas Sowell is one of the most intelligent men on the planet?
Read the whole thing.
Sowell’s dead wrong on this one.
When during the debate Romney backed off and didn’t make the kill on McCain for supporting amnesty, he revealed a huge mortal flaw.
When blurted out he like mandates at Thompson’s pressing, he revealed another.
Romney is turning into a more disciplined and focused Huckabee, but with the same underlying problems, just better camo.
I have to admit that if we’re just comparing personalities, Romney does appear to be the sharpest and cleanest of the bunch.
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Good article. He knows what’s at stake.
I do agree that McCain has a record of Republican betrayals in between what is normally a good voting record.
Supposed "conservatives" are just falling for Romney's looks and delivery, ignoring the facts of his political history.
I am starting to think Romney will be the candidate, and I can live with him more than some of the Repub alternatives and all of the dems. But let's trash this bunk about Thompson's campaign being lackluster--the failing is in US.
We moan on and on about wanting a real conservative, someone who isn't going to jump through the media hoops, someone who has principles and sticks to them, someone who can lead.
We have him in Thompson, but man, that Romney is just so darned HANDSOME even though his "conservative credentials" are pitiful, his tears about blacks and his religion are embarrassing, and he looks good on camera...you know, the kind of thing we're supposedly tired of.
I'll support him if he's the nominee, but to his fans, please spare us the baloney about how wonderful he is. If he wins, it won't be because of a history of conservative belief and leadership, but his PROMISE that he WILL lead as a conservative.
I could support a Romney campaign. However, I feel negative about his chances in a general because people would have a problem with his faith. Which I think is stupid...
OK I don’t understand why Thompson's campaign style is “unfocused and “lackluster” instead of being an indication of his even keeled temperament which apparently is an important quality of a president. I’ve felt that Thompson’s attitude and actions during the campaign are admirable qualities. I guess I like a guy whose whole life and being is wrapped up in being President. (Al Gore or John Kerry ring a bell?!)
No, it’s just that he’s one of the “anti-Romney” reactionaries. People that have a knee-jerk emotional dislike of Romney, because he flipped (but not flopped back) on a few social issues. It’s called Romney-Derangement syndrome, and it’s pretty prevalent around here. They reject the fact that the whole point of the Conservative movement is to gain converts, not vilify them.
That’s quite an interesting paraphrase. Sowell also said that there are reasons for misgivings about the track records of the candidates, “especially those who have shown what Thorstein Veblen once called ‘a versatility of convictions.’”
You don’t think he’s including Romney in that description?
He did say that Thompson’s campaign has been lackluster and unfocused, but also said “there are fewer reasons for misgivings about Fred Thompson’s track record in the Senate”
None of the candidates fare that well in this article — Romney was called out for being the most even-keel, and Thompson was called out for having a record that is less of a concern than the records of the other candidates.
Turning that into an implied Sowell endorses Romney” seems funny to me. But everyone can read the article and decide for themselves.
Naah. It’s called recognizing bullcrap. And Joe Isuzu Romney has it oozing out of his ears.
“I guess I like a guy whose whole life and being is wrapped up in being President. (Al Gore or John Kerry ring a bell?!)”
That sentence should read: a guy whose whole life and being ISN’T wrapped up in being President.
My 3rd choice, but I could live with it. DUNCAN 2012!! or 20016
Your right, they are admirable qualities, it’s just not what needs to be done to win a modern presidential election. Thompson may be right, but he’s long-winded, and gets to the point in the most roundabout way. Romney makes his points in short, concise sound bites, which is what’s necessary in today’s media environment.