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Rush Limbaugh and Fred Thompson
National Ledger ^ | 01/17/08 | Chris Davis

Posted on 01/17/2008 11:23:00 AM PST by Route66

...You can hear it in Limbaugh’s voice and see it in his face. He badly wants to throw the full weight of conservatism behind that candidate. He so desperately wants to that his teeth probably hurt. He’s waiting, waiting for someone to take the lead. Get noticed. He’s waiting for someone to give him the go ahead to cream the opposition.

You can hear the excitement in Rush’s voice when he talks about the South Carolina primary. It’s “The Passion.” The passion of conservatism emerging when he talks about that primary. Why, you ask? Because, for the first time since the primaries have begun, conservative Republicans will be voting for fellow conservative Republicans...

...Rush Limbaugh believes in conservatism. It’s engrained in his soul. He introduced me to it, and now it’s engrained in my soul. I can recognize it like a tick on a white dog. It’s as obvious as that.

I recognize it in Senator Fred Thompson, and so does Rush Limbaugh. He’s hinted, he’s implied, and he’s even begged conservatives to see what he sees in Fred Thompson. He sees conservatism, the same kind of conservatism he saw in Ronald Reagan. He doesn’t want long, bloated policy. He wants simple, effervescent conservatism for Americans to unfold before their very eyes...

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Which candidate is number 1 with Rush? Here's the case for Fred Thompson.
1 posted on 01/17/2008 11:23:01 AM PST by Route66
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To: Route66

Rush must endorse Fred before Saturday!

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of South Carolina’s Republican Presidential Primary shows that John McCain and Mike Huckabee are tied at 24%. In a race that has already seen four different candidates with the lead, much could still change in the coming days—7% of voters have yet to make up their mind, 10% say there’s a good chance they could change their mind, and another 24% might change their mind.

Mitt Romney attracts 18% support and Fred Thompson 16%. Those figures are little changed from the previous survey


2 posted on 01/17/2008 11:23:56 AM PST by counterpunch (GOP Convention '08 Go For Brokered!)
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To: Route66

Mitt Romney


3 posted on 01/17/2008 11:24:09 AM PST by Samba
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To: Route66

BOTTOM LINE: McCAIN MUST BE BEATEN.

My suggestion: Pick the candidate who has the best chance of beating him (except for Giuliani).


4 posted on 01/17/2008 11:25:27 AM PST by unspun (Mike Huckabee: Government's job is "protect us, not have to provide for us.")
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To: Route66
People are silly to attribute thoughts and feelings to Rush Limbaugh.

This article is just wishful thinking on the authors part.
5 posted on 01/17/2008 11:25:33 AM PST by elizabetty ("Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." .Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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To: Route66

A vote for Thonmpson is a vote for McCain and Thompson ONLY as McCains running mate or Thompson being in McCains cabinet. Fred has no REAL interest in winning. Period.


6 posted on 01/17/2008 11:26:31 AM PST by nckerr (www.myspace.com/ArmyKerrFamily)
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To: Samba

No, no, no!

Rush likes Mitt’s HAIR! :)


7 posted on 01/17/2008 11:26:32 AM PST by papasmurf (I'm voting for FRed, even if I have to write him in.)
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To: Samba

I predict Rush will soon publicly endorse Mitt Romney.


8 posted on 01/17/2008 11:26:47 AM PST by Signalman
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To: writer33

VERY nice piece:)


9 posted on 01/17/2008 11:26:49 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Samba

Rush seems to feel he may be forced to settle for Romney, but he’s not the clear conservative among the front runners. He’s made it clear he’s not happy with Mitt’s leftward leanings.


10 posted on 01/17/2008 11:27:50 AM PST by Route66 (America's Main Street - - - Fred D. Thompson / Consistent Conservative...The One with Gravitas)
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To: nckerr

So, you’re saying that Fred Thompson is a liar.


11 posted on 01/17/2008 11:28:05 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Route66
He badly wants to throw the full weight of conservatism behind that candidate.

If that were the case, I doubt that Rush would be holding back. Rush isn't the 'shy' type.

12 posted on 01/17/2008 11:28:35 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Route66

Another guy wanting to claim a virtual endorsement for Thompson from Rush, who has clearly and articulately stated why he doesn’t and won’t endorse anybody, and has also clearly and articulately stated that he would find THREE candidates as acceptable.

Frankly, at some point, trying to force your views on Rush, when he clearly will not do so himself, is disrespectful.


13 posted on 01/17/2008 11:28:44 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Samba
The RNC does not want Fred or Duncan in the race and the elite NE Rino’s don’t want them either.......The RNC is about broke; but they don’t care; it is about moving the party to the left and be dem lites.
14 posted on 01/17/2008 11:28:55 AM PST by captnorb
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To: Route66
Which candidate is number 1 with Rush? Here's the case for Fred Thompson.

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15 posted on 01/17/2008 11:29:19 AM PST by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: unspun; BillyBoy; Arcy; livius; brwnsuga; HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath; ...

Folks,

Rasmussen 01/16 - 01/16.... McCain: 24, Huckabee: 24

(Other polls have McCain ahead.)


16 posted on 01/17/2008 11:29:22 AM PST by unspun (Mike Huckabee: Government's job is "protect us, not have to provide for us.")
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To: nckerr

Now you’ve stepped in it.


17 posted on 01/17/2008 11:29:36 AM PST by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight")
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To: nckerr

You are a lying slimeball Huckabee shill.


18 posted on 01/17/2008 11:29:50 AM PST by counterpunch (GOP Convention '08 Go For Brokered!)
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To: Samba

What is it?! What do people have against Fred?

McCain- Liberal on tax cuts, immigration, free speech. He has the Keating 5 scandal.

Huckabee- Corrupt, hands out benefits to illegals, populist.

Guiliani-Abortion, gun-grabber, liberal.

Romney-I could see myself holding my nose and voting for him, but he seems so phony and carefully crafted. I don’t know exactly where he stands.

Fred- “Lacks fire in the belly” That’s the main complaint? Compared to all of the other’s negatives?


19 posted on 01/17/2008 11:29:52 AM PST by militem
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To: nckerr

>> A vote for Thonmpson is a vote for McCain and Thompson ONLY as McCains running mate or Thompson being in McCains cabinet. Fred has no REAL interest in winning. Period.

Simply writing the word “period” at the end of a random wild-ass guess does not give your random wild-ass guess any more credibility.

H


20 posted on 01/17/2008 11:29:53 AM PST by SnakeDoctor
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To: Route66

If Rush wanted to endorse Fred he would. He has not done so. It would be bad for business and Rush is a consumate professional.


21 posted on 01/17/2008 11:29:57 AM PST by rogue yam
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To: Bobkk47

Only if the primaries are over and Mitt is our nominee.

Rush has clearly said he will NOT endorse anybody, and it’s wrong for us to try to pretend otherwise or to put words in his mouth.


22 posted on 01/17/2008 11:30:03 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: unspun; BillyBoy; Arcy; livius; brwnsuga; HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath; ...
Sorry, that was his last SC poll.
23 posted on 01/17/2008 11:30:07 AM PST by unspun (Mike Huckabee: Government's job is "protect us, not have to provide for us.")
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To: Route66

No he has not, and in fact has said he finds three candidates acceptable.

It is disrespectful and dishonest to put words in the guy’s mouth. It’s not like Rush doesn’t know how to say what he means.


24 posted on 01/17/2008 11:30:53 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: unspun
My suggestion: Pick the candidate who has the best chance of beating him (except for Giuliani).

Gee. I wonder whom that might be? Whats the matter? Cat got your tongue?

25 posted on 01/17/2008 11:31:57 AM PST by Invincibly Ignorant
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To: nckerr
A vote for Thompson is a vote for McCain

No, a vote for Thompson is a vote taken away from Huckabee, Mitt, or McCain and a vote FOR conservatism to remain the backbone of the Republican Party. It depends on which person the voter WAS supporting and Fred will pull votes from all three, along with lots of the undecideds. And, BTW, I'm just as much an expert on this as you are. :-)
26 posted on 01/17/2008 11:31:58 AM PST by TheCornerOffice
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To: nckerr

Is that the latest talking point from the Huck camp? The Mitt camp?


27 posted on 01/17/2008 11:32:16 AM PST by rintense (Thompson / Hunter 2008!)
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To: militem

>> Romney-I could see myself holding my nose and voting for him, but he seems so phony and carefully crafted. I don’t know exactly where he stands.

That’s the most accurate assessment of Romney that I’ve seen on here. I cannot site doctrinal problems with Romney ... he is simply so manufactured and rehearsed that I get the feeling he’s telling me what I want to hear, rather than what he actually believes.

H


28 posted on 01/17/2008 11:32:28 AM PST by SnakeDoctor
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To: Bobkk47
“I predict Rush will soon publicly endorse Mitt Romney”
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You mean he hasn’t already? He has had many opportunities to “endorse” Fred just today alone. If he had spent this week extolling Fred, I believe Fred would be leading in S.C. Rush is in the tank for Mitt. So much for standing up for conservatism over all else. Rush has disappointed me.

29 posted on 01/17/2008 11:32:49 AM PST by Anti-Hillary (Anyone but Hitlery)
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To: unspun

Where’s the poll that showed Fred up to 19% and Huck down 7% I think...


30 posted on 01/17/2008 11:33:03 AM PST by acw011 (Texan livin Up North.)
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To: unspun

“Huckabee must be beaten” comes first in my book way, way before McCain.


31 posted on 01/17/2008 11:34:09 AM PST by Onerom99
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To: counterpunch

I don’t think the undecideds break for Huckabee. He’s got his core evangelical support there. So the undecideds will break for Thompson and Romney IF the knuckleheads have the sense to gun for McCain and to remind S. Carolina of his amnesty bill.


32 posted on 01/17/2008 11:34:12 AM PST by Greg F (Romney supported the right of homosexuals to be Scout Masters in 1994.)
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To: MEGoody
When it comes to endorsing in the primaries, Rush does seem determined to resist giving us a name, but he’s not been hard to read.

The problem with this year is that there is only one conservative in the top tier and if we lose him, everything else is a loss for us. While Rush has said he does not like to hang everything on one candidate, one is all we’ve got. Therefore, I think holding back this time may exact a a high price.

33 posted on 01/17/2008 11:34:15 AM PST by Route66 (America's Main Street - - - Fred D. Thompson / Consistent Conservative...The One with Gravitas)
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To: nckerr

Um...

Ok...


34 posted on 01/17/2008 11:34:20 AM PST by ejonesie22 (Mike Huckabee, Tithing via Taxation, the Christian Democrat way...)
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To: unspun

Nope, unfortunately that is the latest poll. McCain is down 4 points, Huckabee up 5 points, Romney up 1, Thompson unchanged from Monday.

It’s getting to where if you really believe the important thing is to stop McCain, you almost have to hope Huckabee can beat him. But then you have Huckabee as a winner. Not good, not good at all.

Maybe the wrong candidate pulled out of South Carolina.


35 posted on 01/17/2008 11:34:29 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT

So last week when Rush said (talking about Fred) “Well folks, it looks like we have a conservative in the race”...

...he didn’t mean it?


36 posted on 01/17/2008 11:34:30 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: unspun

Whens Huck going to go after McCain?


37 posted on 01/17/2008 11:34:48 AM PST by Invincibly Ignorant
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To: Route66

There is no doubt that Limbaugh favorite candidate is Fred Thompson.


38 posted on 01/17/2008 11:35:01 AM PST by jveritas (God bless our brave troops and President Bush)
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To: rogue yam

If Rush wanted to endorse Fred he would. He has not done so. It would be bad for business and Rush is a consumate professional.
___________

I read your statement that Rush is a consummate professional to mean that he is not interested in damaging his credibility (earning power) on air by endorsing a candidate who has yet to show that he can attract significant support. Not a knock on Fred, just an observation.


39 posted on 01/17/2008 11:35:16 AM PST by dmz
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To: counterpunch
Would it not just be simpler to call them a Huck Supporter. All the other stuff is included for free...
40 posted on 01/17/2008 11:35:54 AM PST by ejonesie22 (Mike Huckabee, Tithing via Taxation, the Christian Democrat way...)
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To: acw011

We could just post it as a vanity. “Dream it, Claim it”.


41 posted on 01/17/2008 11:36:03 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: nckerr

Is there a Special Olympics punditry event?


42 posted on 01/17/2008 11:36:34 AM PST by Greg F (Romney supported the right of homosexuals to be Scout Masters in 1994.)
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To: Route66
RUSH will not endorse anyone in the primaries, for the simple fact that he can't alienate listeners. Wishing won't make it so.

Now, I *am* surprised that the NRA hasn't jumped into this fight yet. It'll be over and they'll still be on the sidelines.

43 posted on 01/17/2008 11:36:41 AM PST by wbill
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To: Route66
Rush seems to feel he may be forced to settle for Romney, but he’s not the clear conservative among the front runners.

No. But he is the most conservative among the front runners. Fred cannot be considered among the front runners unless and until he wins SC.

44 posted on 01/17/2008 11:37:00 AM PST by outofstyle (My Ride's Here)
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To: acw011

If memory serves, I think it was the now famous “Chard” thread. Fred up to 19%


45 posted on 01/17/2008 11:37:53 AM PST by acw011 (Texan livin Up North.)
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To: Invincibly Ignorant

Huck’s very aggressive and would do it in a minute IF he wasn’t worried that he makes himself and McCain look bad and lets Romney and Thompson rise. He has to make darn sure he’s got an excellent ad to do it.


46 posted on 01/17/2008 11:38:23 AM PST by Greg F (Romney supported the right of homosexuals to be Scout Masters in 1994.)
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To: rintense
Is that the latest talking point from the Huck camp? The Mitt camp?

Hey Cousin. Checking the posters history you'll find he's a Huckster.

47 posted on 01/17/2008 11:38:38 AM PST by ASA Vet
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To: Route66

Why is everyone sitting around waiting for Rush to tell you who to vote for? Why not choose a candidate of your very own and go with it? Just asking.......


48 posted on 01/17/2008 11:38:45 AM PST by rockabyebaby (PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR INFIDEL STEPHENJOHNBANKER)
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To: Hemorrhage; militem
I could hold my nose and vote for Romney. He's easily the most polished of all the candidates.

He impresses me as a good manager. A good VP. Someone that you give a big project to and say "Handle this", then have him come back in a few months with Grade A material.

But leader of the Free World? I think the jury is still out.

49 posted on 01/17/2008 11:38:54 AM PST by wbill
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To: SE Mom

No, he meant it. Fred Thompson is obviously a conservative, and as of last week, he was clearly in the race.

But some people seem to think Rush didn’t mean it when he listed Romney first in his discussion about “true conservatives”. Not saying that Romney was first because he was the most conservative, just saying that he didn’t add Romney as an afterthought to his list of what he thought were true conservatives.

If Rush thought Romney was not a conservative, he would say so. He said so of McCain, he said so of Huckabee. IT’s not like Rush is shy about his opinions. But instead, he said Romney was a true conservative.


50 posted on 01/17/2008 11:39:12 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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