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Without Thompson, A Boring GOP Field
RearClearPolitics ^ | January 27, 2008 | David Broder

Posted on 01/27/2008 10:43:45 PM PST by gpapa

WASHINGTON -- You would never realize how big the stakes are in Tuesday's winner-take-all Florida Republican primary if you judged only the behavior of the leading presidential candidates these last few days.

Their final pre-primary debate was bland to the point of apathy. Mitt Romney, John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee and even iconoclastic Ron Paul were on their best behavior -- as if oblivious to what the 57 delegates available in Florida could mean to anyone who pulls out a plurality victory.

A win could establish either McCain or Romney as the man to beat in the massive round of Feb. 5 primaries. It could launch Giuliani into a late rush for the nomination, wiping out his weak showing in the earlier contests. And an upset by Huckabee would force an upper revision in his prospects, which have been diminished since he surprised the field in Iowa.

But their televised confrontation in Boca Raton on Thursday was haunted by the spirit of the departed Fred Thompson. It was as if the actor and former senator had left a blanket of boredom behind when he exited the race after finishing third behind McCain and Huckabee in South Carolina.

(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections; fred; fredthompson; mccain; romney
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1 posted on 01/27/2008 10:43:46 PM PST by gpapa
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To: gpapa

Sure. Now, everybody loves Fred.


2 posted on 01/27/2008 10:45:36 PM PST by ItsForTheChildren
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To: gpapa

Republicans are waking up to the fact that McCain is our Hillary, Romney is our Obama, and Huckabee is our Edwards. Just like the Democrat race, the GOP race has come down to the broken Washington establishment candidate vs. the outsider advocating change, with a southern populist spoiler who doesn’t know when to drop out thrown in.

Look at McCain’s list of endorsements.
It reads like a Who’s Who of everything that is wrong in Washington.
McCain is the broken Washington Establishment’s candidate.
He has all the endorsements from the pork-barrel Senate, the open-borders governors, and the New York Times and liberal establishment MSM.


3 posted on 01/27/2008 10:48:40 PM PST by counterpunch (Mike Huckabee The Religious Wrong)
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To: gpapa

Fred, Fred, Fred, we hardly knew ya!


4 posted on 01/27/2008 10:50:54 PM PST by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: gpapa

Was the race really that much more lively when Fred was in?


5 posted on 01/27/2008 10:52:57 PM PST by CutePuppy (If you don't ask the right questions you may not get the right answers)
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To: counterpunch

Ultra conservative Senator Tom Coburn has endorsed John McCain. Coburn is a spending and tax reform hawk.

And Romney is still running as the GOP chameleon. LOL


6 posted on 01/27/2008 10:53:24 PM PST by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: gpapa

It’s a down raht cryen’ sharme

:(


7 posted on 01/27/2008 10:57:37 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: CutePuppy

Exactly.

Romney won that debate hands down.


8 posted on 01/27/2008 10:59:21 PM PST by 1066AD
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To: gpapa
The candidate who was falsely labeled by the media as the most “uninspiring” and “lackluster” was really the one driving the substance and soul of the debate.

Without Fred Thompson, the rest are free to dissolve into the amorphous goo of political gamesmanship. Fred Thompson's echo of true conservative principles has been left behind as they offer their shallow and pithy cooing to woo the masses.

9 posted on 01/27/2008 11:00:14 PM PST by Route66 (America's Main Street - - - Conservative Candidate Wanted... Conservative resume required.)
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To: ItsForTheChildren
Now , everybody loves Fred .

I am sure Broder was going to endorse him .

10 posted on 01/27/2008 11:00:46 PM PST by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it , freedom has a flavor the protected will never know)
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To: gpapa

Zzzzzzz.

Every race gets “boring” as the candidate field is pared down, especially when they’re as large as on the Democrat side in 2004 and our side now in 2008.

Besides, the race isn’t about excitement. It’s about the best candidate. Luckily for us, Romney has always been a fairly strong candidate.

We could be in far worse position here, folks.


11 posted on 01/27/2008 11:03:04 PM PST by Terpfen (It's your fault, not Pelosi's.)
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To: counterpunch

Great post.


12 posted on 01/27/2008 11:03:05 PM PST by endthematrix (He was shouting 'Allah!' but I didn't hear that. It just sounded like a lot of crap to me.)
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To: Terpfen
We could be in far worse position here, folks.

MMmmmm. Urrrgghhh. Uuggghghhhg.

Agreed.

(There, I said it. Flame suit on!)

13 posted on 01/27/2008 11:08:29 PM PST by pcottraux (I can't tell the difference between Carl Cameron, Chris Wallace, or Bill McCuddy.)
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To: pcottraux

No flames here, but I won’t pretend to be excited over Romney.


14 posted on 01/27/2008 11:09:37 PM PST by darkangel82 (And the band played on....)
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To: Reagan Man

Sen. Sam Brownback (Kan.)
Sen. Richard Burr (N.C.)
Sen. Tom Coburn (Okla.)
Sen. Susan Collins (Maine)
Sen. Pete Domenici (N.M.)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.)
Sen. Jon Kyl (Ariz.)
Sen. Mel Martinez (Fla.)
Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.)
Sen. Gordon Smith (Ore.)
Sen. Olympia Snowe (Maine)
Sen. John Thune (S.D.)
Sen. John Warner (Va.)

The entire open-borders crowd is behind McCain.


15 posted on 01/27/2008 11:09:51 PM PST by counterpunch (Mike Huckabee The Religious Wrong)
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To: Reagan Man


Coburn and McCain, once "outsiders", now just the Washington establishment.
16 posted on 01/27/2008 11:12:23 PM PST by counterpunch (Mike Huckabee The Religious Wrong)
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To: jellybean

Thought you might like this one.


17 posted on 01/27/2008 11:15:56 PM PST by Route66 (America's Main Street - - - Conservative Candidate Wanted... Conservative resume required.)
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To: gpapa
Heck...I was on my way to bed when I saw your thread.


"Repeatedly, he emphasized that the only reason he saw to run was to raise issues that the other candidates were too timid to address."


If that is true, he accomplished his goal.

18 posted on 01/27/2008 11:18:48 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: counterpunch
"McCain is our Hillary, Romney is our Obama, and Huckabee is our Edwards."


Interesting...and true.

Excellent insight.

19 posted on 01/27/2008 11:20:59 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: Reagan Man

I’m still mourning...


20 posted on 01/27/2008 11:21:38 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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