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Ronald Reagan's Favorite Paper Endorses Fred Thompson
Red State ^ | 1/12/08

Posted on 01/11/2008 11:19:46 PM PST by ellery

I have always viewed National Review as the established voice of conservatism. If you are an opinion leader on the right, you read National Review. At the same time, I've viewed Human Events as the voice of the base within the movement -- the middle class and blue collar conservative men and women who show up to vote in fly over country. Perhaps that is why it was Ronald Reagan's favorite newspaper. I should say here in the interests of full disclosure that they, as of last year, became our sister organization. Human Events also falls under the Eagle umbrella.

Today, Human Events releases its endorsement. You can find it here. They look at each candidate and endorse Fred Thompson. They write:

We make this endorsement on the basis of much research, having interviewed Sen. Thompson and some of his opponents, as well as examining what they have all said and done. We conclude that Thompson is a solid conservative whose judgment is grounded in our principles.

In his Senate years, Mr. Thompson compiled an American Conservative Union lifetime rating of 86.1, which is higher than both Sen. John McCain (82.3) and Rep. Ron Paul (82.3). The Club for Growth has praised Thompson as someone who has a strong commitment to limited government, free enterprise and federalist principles.

On the issues that matter most to conservatives, Sen. Thompson’s positions benefit from their clarity. He is solidly pro-life. He said that he was in favor overturning Roe v. Wade because it was “bad law and bad medical science.” As the National Right to Life Committee said in its endorsement of him Nov. 13, 2007, “The majority of this country is opposed to the vast majority of abortions, and Fred Thompson has shown in his consistent pro-life voting record in the U.S. Senate that he is part of the pro-life majority.”

Thompson’s record is solid on voting to preserve gun owners’ rights, cut taxes, reduce government spending and drill for oil in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He has voted consistently against gay marriage.

Fred Thompson came alive last night and today Ronald Reagan's favorite newspaper endorses him. Let's see what he can do with these in the next week.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; 2008endorsements; election; elections; fred; fredthompson; humanevents; thompson
"Ronald Reagan" -- drink!

Joking aside, this is a big one.

1 posted on 01/11/2008 11:19:47 PM PST by ellery
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To: ellery

This is a solid endorsement for Thompson.


2 posted on 01/11/2008 11:20:42 PM PST by americanophile
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To: Politicalmom; jellybean; 2ndDivisionVet; Josh Painter

Some brief historical context on the significance of this endorsement.


3 posted on 01/11/2008 11:21:11 PM PST by ellery ("I like mandates!" - Mitt Romney, January 5, 2008)
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To: ellery

If Fred becomes the next president, does that mean I have to return to the church? ;) (see tagline)


4 posted on 01/11/2008 11:25:52 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Pro-Life atheist who will vote Fred in the primary, Republican in November)
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To: ellery

A great endorsement for Fred, in the same ballpark as Mitt’s National Review endorsement.


5 posted on 01/11/2008 11:26:04 PM PST by JohnBovenmyer
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To: ellery

Seems to me that Thompson has been picking up the backing of a number of solid people and organizations over the last week. Very good. With the New York Times even giving him some favorable press, it just may be that Thompson will peak at the right time. Good luck Fred. We need you bud.


6 posted on 01/11/2008 11:28:52 PM PST by DoughtyOne (< fence >< sound immigration policies >< /weasles >< /RINOs >< /Reagan wannabees that are liberal >)
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To: americanophile
Correction:

This is a solid ( Conservative ) endorsement for Thompson.
7 posted on 01/11/2008 11:33:18 PM PST by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: Prophet in the wilderness

FRED was the only choice for this prestigous publication.

FRED is going to pull this off. Hell of a strategy!


8 posted on 01/11/2008 11:38:47 PM PST by Bobbisox (ALL AMERICAN FredHead FREEPER! [FRED ain't DEAD, ENOUGH SAID!])
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To: Darkwolf377

If Fred becomes the next president, does that mean I have to return to the church? ;) (see tagline)

You know what I don’t believe in? athiest!!!!


9 posted on 01/11/2008 11:42:50 PM PST by garylmoore (Faith is the assurance of things unseen.)
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To: garylmoore

Well, I’m sorry—does that mean my vote for Fred won’t count? :(


10 posted on 01/11/2008 11:43:25 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Pro-Life atheist who will vote Fred in the primary, Republican in November)
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To: Darkwolf377

Absolutely not! Vote FRED!


11 posted on 01/11/2008 11:46:22 PM PST by FightforFreedomCA (Fred Storm Rising - Thompson in '08)
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To: Darkwolf377

:) Our guy doesn’t do mandates. But if it happens, there will certainly be much rejoicing!


12 posted on 01/11/2008 11:49:21 PM PST by ellery
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To: Darkwolf377

Ignore the Thumper ...Vote Fred FRiend ....


13 posted on 01/11/2008 11:51:46 PM PST by Neu Pragmatist (Just say No to McPain and No to Flip Romney .....VOTE FRED ... Thank you :))
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To: Darkwolf377

LOL!

Your vote will count.

It’s the rest of your “life” you might reconsider.

But...that’s just me. ;o)


14 posted on 01/11/2008 11:54:37 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: JohnBovenmyer

“A great endorsement for Fred, in the same ballpark as Mitt’s National Review endorsement.”


It is surprising how the National Review endorsement seems so out dated now. It wasn’t more than a few weeks ago, but with the primaries and debates, it seems a distant past, today’s endorsement is very fresh and indicative of the candidate’s progress among the base.


15 posted on 01/11/2008 11:55:28 PM PST by ansel12 (Washington:I cannot tell a lie,Clinton:I cannot tell the truth,Romney:I cannot tell the difference.)
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To: ellery

I saw a thread about this endorsement this morning.
Some on the thread had never heard of Human Events.
Others didn’t understand the significance of this endorsement.

I do...and I was disappointed in the comments on that thread.


16 posted on 01/11/2008 11:58:12 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: Neu Pragmatist; All

“Ignore the Thumper ...Vote Fred FRiend ....”

Not only that, but FRED SUPPORTS MUST DONATE! IF THE MSM WILL PROMOTE THEIR DOG, WE HAVE TO SUPPORT OUR LEADERS! OUR VOICE, OUR VOTE, AND OUR DONATION!


17 posted on 01/12/2008 12:02:15 AM PST by Rick_Michael (The Anti-Federalists failed....so will the Anti-Frederalists)
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To: Rick_Michael

Amen , Preach it Brother !


18 posted on 01/12/2008 12:03:37 AM PST by Neu Pragmatist (Just say No to McPain and No to Flip Romney .....VOTE FRED ... Thank you :))
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To: americanophile

I will support Thompson on the ticket as Vice President to another conservative.


19 posted on 01/12/2008 12:26:20 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Why should RINOs ask for my vote in November when they & MSM screwed True Conservatives?)
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To: Neu Pragmatist

This is great for momentum...

This is where conservatives need to make their stand, or we go out with a whimper and loose control of a national party.

I donated last Sunday and again last night - always rewarding performance.


20 posted on 01/12/2008 12:47:52 AM PST by TexasGunRunner (I'm in Iraq, I'm not going anywhere, deal with it.)
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To: TexasGunRunner

SC is crucial , let’s hope Fred shuts the Huckster and McPain down there .


21 posted on 01/12/2008 12:51:50 AM PST by Neu Pragmatist (Just say No to McPain and No to Flip Romney .....VOTE FRED ... Thank you :))
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To: AmericanInTokyo

There is no other conservative in the race.


22 posted on 01/12/2008 1:31:49 AM PST by counterpunch (GOP Convention '08 Go For Brokered!)
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To: ansel12
The National Review endorsement of Mittens was weird. NO, none, zero editors would talk or write about it. A few even publicly distanced themselves from it. Odd.
23 posted on 01/12/2008 3:43:40 AM PST by Leisler
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To: All
Bump!

FRED VETS, SIGN UP TODAY AT:

24 posted on 01/12/2008 5:50:08 AM PST by W04Man (I'm Now With Fred http://Vets4Fred.net)
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To: Neu Pragmatist

Here are the latest polls from South Carolina (within the past week). Fred is in 4th place in all of them.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2008/president/sc/south_carolina_republican_primary-233.html

I think he can leap frog Mitt since he has pretty much pulled out from there, but can he beat Huck and McCain in one weeks time? I don’t know. I do know that Huck, McCain, and Mitt are all concentrating on Michigan, and won’t show up in SC until Wednesday, so that is the time that Fred must get on every single local radio show, be in every single newspaper, and show up in every single town. Can he do it? This is his time.

I am afraid that Wednesday and Thursday media will be dominated by the Michigan winner (or loser if it is Mitt), so the window of free media is closing fast, can he make up the 10-15% he is down in a week?

My greatest hope is that he can take out Huck. Realistically what is the minimum that Fred can get and still be viable in the race? For months everyone here said 1st place, now I am hearing a “close”. How “close” does he have to be, especially if in the end he is behind Huck?

I don’t think 1st or 2nd is nearly as important as can he beat Huck?


25 posted on 01/12/2008 6:04:55 AM PST by codercpc
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To: codercpc

Fred has been in South Carolina a week now and is still 4th? Come on Fred. South Carolina is a pretty small state. Tennessee was much bigger and you were able to go to every city there.


26 posted on 01/12/2008 6:10:47 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: americanophile

Good. I am happy for Fred. He is a solid candidate who perhaps made some mis-steps previously, but will be great for the GOP ticket and good for the country.

If he could just ramp it up a little, more people would join the bandwagon.

That’s the only thing that has scared people (a Romney supporter) like myself, I believe.

This will be a long brutal campaign over the summer, followed by four and maybe 8 years of the most grueling job in the world — US President.

Conservatives just want to be assured Fred has the stamina and fortitude to see it thru.


27 posted on 01/12/2008 6:17:58 AM PST by Edit35
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To: codercpc

These things can chanage on a dime. Just ask Obama. Fred’s great debate showing and his positive press are going to give him a solid boost in SC. You can already see it in his fund raising since the debate. He is also working SC very hard. I think he will do just fine there as long as he keeps showing the world that Huck is a lib on important issues. Huck’s metamucil comment may have done more damage to himself than people think. If you are going to play the Baptist minister to get evangelical votes, you can’t be taking personal pot shots at someone, especially insults about their age. It would help Fred if he would start calling out McCain as being a lib also, but I really think conseratives remember all he has done against us. I don’t think South Carolinian conservatives will be able to pull the lever for McCain...not if they think Fred can actually win. Fred needs some new polls to come out showing he is gaining ground. That might give some fickle voters the confidence they need to vote for Fred. I think polls will start showing Fred gaining at just the right time.


28 posted on 01/12/2008 6:21:36 AM PST by txjeep
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To: napscoordinator

Those look like pre-debate polls.


29 posted on 01/12/2008 6:25:50 AM PST by txjeep
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To: Prophet in the wilderness; americanophile
Correction:
This is a solid ( Conservative ) endorsement for Thompson.

Oh my yes, mustn't leave out the key talking points!

americanophile: Job security requires you to preface the name Fred or Thompson or their combination with descriptors approved by the party heads.

They include, but are not limited to:
any portion of the name Ronald Reagan
MUST always include the term 'conservative'
--- which may/must be prefaced with adjectives only, true, most, pure, dependable, reliable etc

In the spirit of truth in advertising, you should always conclude with:
--- in the top tier
--- of the viable or electable

Hope this helps.

30 posted on 01/12/2008 6:37:55 AM PST by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: counterpunch
There is no other conservative in the race.

Blatant, in your face lies, do nothing to promote your cause!

31 posted on 01/12/2008 6:40:00 AM PST by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: dixiechick2000

The problem is that human events does not have main street reach.

only an NRA level endosement matters. It is simply a matter of name recognition.

Fred was FOURTH inton the debates.

has he moved into first? second? third?

Romney’s false “drop out story” has impacted thompson.


32 posted on 01/12/2008 6:40:06 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: txjeep
In all reality though, he only has the next 3 days to "turn" it around. After that he will be sharing not only the national media attention, but the South Carolina media attention with Huck and McCain.

Have the commercials started yet?

I agree with the positive press he has received since the debate, but that is now yesterdays news, and Michigan looms large. If Mitt does not win Michigan, he will be the story. If McCain or Huck win, they will be the story. There are no more debates before South Carolina votes so that was his moment to shine, and he did. Is it enough? Only time will tell.

He shares the same problem that Rudy has seen. If you are not the story of the day, you shrink into the netherworld, and your polls reflect that reality. Rudy is now hanging everything on Florida, Fred on South Carolina. They chose these paths in the beginning, and only time will tell if they pay off. At least Rudy has that slim flicker of hope with the Super Tuesday huge States. What else does Fred have?

33 posted on 01/12/2008 6:42:20 AM PST by codercpc
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To: All

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1952535/posts

Georgia poll shows Huckabee with lead, Obama, Clinton near even
Ledger-Enquirer (GA) ^ | 01.12.08 | staff

Posted on 01/12/2008 6:24:42 AM PST by rface

..........according to a new Georgia poll of likely voters published Saturday.

.

Huckabee ....... 31 %

McCain ......... 18 %

Mitt Romney .... 14 %

Rudy Giuliani .. 9 %

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34 posted on 01/12/2008 6:44:49 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
I will support Thompson on the ticket as Vice President to another conservative.

Hunter/Thompson would be great, sure, but how likely is that? I can't imagine any other ticket meeting your criteria (and indeed, I doubt Thompson would want to be VP even to Hunter).

35 posted on 01/12/2008 8:20:07 AM PST by supercat (Sony delenda est.)
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To: Just A Nobody
" In the spirit of truth in advertising, you should always conclude with: --- in the top tier --- of the viable or electable"


How about President elect Fred Thompson !! GO FRED GO !


Keep the faith and don't lose heart.
36 posted on 01/12/2008 8:35:43 AM PST by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: Darkwolf377
"Well, I’m sorry—does that mean my vote for Fred won’t count? :("

I went to church every Sunday as a kid, helped me learn about compassion and what is the right thing to do in life.

While I attend only a few times a year now, I believe those values are what made me a Conservative without feeling the need to require a President to wear their religious beliefs on their sleeve.

Being Conservative and religious do not necessarily go hand in hand, my aunt is very religious and is a stout liberal Democrat.

Cheers!

37 posted on 01/12/2008 9:21:57 AM PST by #1CTYankee (That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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To: txjeep
"Those look like pre-debate polls."

They are, if Fred get a bounce it will come in the next few days.

38 posted on 01/12/2008 9:23:37 AM PST by #1CTYankee (That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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To: Darkwolf377

Yeah It’ll count, I’m just saying that I don’t beieve in athiest, every creation has a creator, you have to believe in something.


39 posted on 01/12/2008 9:29:56 PM PST by garylmoore (Faith is the assurance of things unseen.)
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