Skip to comments.With Thompson out, Tom McClintock leans to Ron Paul
Posted on 01/25/2008 12:59:01 PM PST by CautiouslyHopeful
With Fred Thompson out of the presidential race, who's a self-respecting conservative to go for? Could it be, maybe, perhaps, a certain Republican-libertarian from Texas?
That's one question perplexing California state Sen. Tom McClintock, possibly the second-most-famous California Republican currently in office after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
McClintock created a stir two months when he endorsed Thompsons presidential candidacy. Having run for governor, lieutenant governor and state controller, McClintock has shown that while he has not won a statewide contest, he can win GOP primaries, which conservatives tend to dominate. So heading into the Feb. 5 primary, McClintocks endorsement is seen as important in California.
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I've noticed several former Thompson supporters going for Ron Paul as the lesser of five evils. I can understand that and Paul is, as Ann Coulter said, "magnificent" on domestic issues. But can the Republican Party really endorse an anti-Iraq-War candidate?
If Paul wasn’t a moonbat on the war, I’d support him. I like everything else I’ve heard him say, but the war’s a deal breaker.
Fred Thompson is still on my ballot and I’m voting for him anyway.
...but will Kucinich endorse him?.......
Conservative does not have to mean support for aggressive Militarism. Sensible militarism in defense of US territory and US citizens and their property, yes. On this issue, Ron Paul is a strong as you can be.
It's a hard one to swallow but consider what you'll have to swallow with the other candidates. Remember wars end but federal programs never do.
Doesn’t surprise me at all. I live in McClintock’s district and have exactly the same feelings. My brain tells me that Romney is the next best choice since McCain ain’t a conservative. But my heart tells me that I like at least part of Paul’s agenda. Admittedly it’s only the domestic part and not all of that. Still, Rudy is a “no way” and I’m in mourning for Fred. Damnit.
But is immediate withdrawal from Iraq really a viable option? Will it not leave a power vacuum?
For that matter, this gold standard business seem odd to me. Or am I just not “conservative” enough for it?
And that's just policy.
In terms of practical ability to govern, he has demonstrated in Congress a complete inability to lead and to assemble consenus on any important legislation.
His inability to even run his own newsletter demonstrates that he has zero executive ability.
Ron Paul isn't fit to be mayor of a town of one.
No, Tom, No!!!
I suppose in the primaries people can vote their consciences but I for one have a rather simple formula.
(1) Select all the candidates that I feel have a chance at the nomination
(2) Support the better man of that list until he is eliminated.
While I believe miracles do happen I don’t see Ron Paul in the cards.
“It’s a hard one to swallow but consider what you’ll have to swallow with the other candidates. Remember wars end but federal programs never do.”
Wars could also end with a loss.
If only if he wasn't so loony tunes.
Every day this race gets stranger and stranger...
This is just another manifestation of the fracture created by the loss of our unifying candidate and the void created by the candidates which remain.
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