Skip to comments.FredHeads: "The Rumors Of Our Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated"
Posted on 02/19/2008 9:27:28 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
A few weeks ago, Fred Thompson exited the race for President. In the wake of that decision, the FredHeads and the members of DraftFredThompson.com engaged in a whole lot of soul-searching and vigorous discussion as to what to do next. Fred's candidacy may have come to an end, but our faith in the principles that originally drew us to Fred was as strong as ever.
The product of that soul-searching and vigorous discussion is Conservatives for the Advancement of the Reagan Coalition, a new organization formed to advance the key conservative principles articulated by men like Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan and Fred Thompson.
Of course, there are plenty of places on the 'net to discuss Reaganite principles. While we'll certainly continue to do that, we will at the same time be moving forward with our plan to pound the pavement and raise the funds to ELECT candidates who share our principles and DEFEAT candidates who don't. If you share our faith in those principles, and have an interest in working to get them put into practice, we invite you to JOIN US.
Where is Fred? Why did he leave us all alone?
Goldwater? He was an icon in his day, but he completely rejected the “social conservative” leg of the conservative stool. He was a raving pro-abort by the end. I would leave his name out of these things.
Y'all can vilify me all you want to, but I don't think Fred's name quite belongs in that sentence.
P.S. Fred endorsed McCain.
I’m on board...just signed up.
He was also raving anti-gunowner near the end. I agree that we should leave his name out of it.
Fred endorsed the presumptive nominee, in a bid for Party unity, exactly as Romney had done. Fred didn't say a thing supporting McCain, until the primaries had reached a point where his nomination was fairly certain.
Not in this election cycle. There were false rumors floating around but there was no endorsement.
YeHa....I've always, liked Mark Twain (Samuel Clements :)
Yes there are. Just so happens Free Republic remains the best place to advance the agenda of the conservative movement. That is my opinion, bias as it may be.
Sad, but true.
Not in this election cycle.
I'm afraid he did. See for yourself. It went down over February 8th or 9th.
He was always a pro-abort. Both his wives were Planned Barrenhood leaders in Arizona. He was really a Libertarian, not a Conservative as we term it today. His 1980 Democrat opponent, Bill Schulz, was more Conservative than he was (and he nearly beat Goldwater, losing by only 1%, even as Reagan, whom Goldwater hated, carried AZ by a 32%+ landslide). :-\
I wouldn’t call it an endorsement more like I’ll support the party’s candidate statement.
Fred did not endorse McCain.
He said, “go support the ticket” — nary a positive thing about McCain.
Read the statement; it was not an endorsement.
It was “go support the ticket.”
Fred is more conservative than Reagan was.
As for the crack about him endorsing McCain... no he didn’t. He endorsed the presumptive nominee... don’t tell lies and expect to get away with them
This effort seems a lot like a duplicate of the “American Conservative Party”. ( http://www.americanconservativeparty.org )
Maybe these two groups should get together and combine their efforts.
Oh, and where is your proof. I saw FRED quoted by AP (a throughly reliable source). Fred said, well it looks like McCain won, lets support him.
Like the huckster stands a chance.
There will be a time that each and everyone of the former candidates will endorse and back John McCain if he is the nominee. Even your favorite. There is only one exception and that is Paul but he will be against anyone but himself anyway. But for the rest of you, be careful with your criticism, because your candidate may be the next to get behind McCain for the sake of beating Obama or Hillary.
Despite my initial excitement the Fred head movement was dead before arrival!
I was trying to say the same thing in my post - but you did it better.
No, we just covered different aspects of it.
I blame the republicans of Iowa. Fred spent the last 17 days before the primary spreading his vision for the party all around that state and they rejected it.
I also blame the republican's of South Carolina. Fred went directly from Iowa to SC and spent every day there getting his message out. They didn't get it either.
I'm also mad at Fred for disappearing after SC. If the movement was so important he should have stuck it out at least till Super Tuesday.
I’m a Fredhead still sulking a little over him dropping out to early and my 2nd choice did not do much better, so now that we are down to just McCain, I have to ask myself, who would rather turn the military over to; McCain, Clinton, or Obama?
Two of the above names would destroy the military as an effective fighting force by the sheer number of trained soldiers who would get out as soon as they could. They will be replaced by young people just looking for a job in the poor economy that certainly will come with a quasi-socialist government. Having served in the Navy under Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan I have seen this first hand. Under Jimmy Carter, FTN was very popular graffiti found on the bulkheads of my ship, the stalls in the heads, and at the top of letters the sailors sent home. Im not going to spell it out but you know what FTN stands for. When Reagan took over this attitude changed and we had pride once again, and re-enlistments went way up, and that foul graffiti disappeared.
If McCain is our nominee, as much as I dislike him I will vote for him for the sake of the military alone.
I disagree, Fred belongs. not sure Goldwater does...
Why you are surprised or dismayed that Fred endorsed McCain is beyond me. Who was he suppose to endorse, the Huckster?
I’m with you there. I’m not wild about McCain either. But if our military people feel like they can support him, and feel good about it basically, then that’s good enough for me!
And his campaign was sabotaged from the inside by vindictive disgruntled “staff” members.
Sign me up.
But let’s leave Goldwater out, for reasons others have cited.
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“P.S. Fred endorsed McCain.”
Lots of folks say that Fred “endorsed” McCain. I did not feel that Fred’s statement was an endorsement. When someone says, “I endorse......” that would be an endorsement. When someone says, “It is time to rally behind the nominee”, I believe that is said for the party to get behind the nominee. I am sure Fred would have said the same thing no matter whom the nominee happened to be. You will also notice that Fred said nothing until EVERYONE was saying that McCain IS the nominee. Just so happens, he still has to win more delegates to actually be the nominee.
Fred never went after McCain either.
In fact, he endorsed him in 2000.
Perhaps people have forgotten he is an actor.
Haven’t heard or seen that in years...
Thanks for posting this. I just signed on. I was into “FredHead” principles, before there was a “FredHead” group. This sounds like a good way to support the ideas, without necessarily being caught up in the personalities.
More than anything, conservatives in the GOP need a “farm team” where we can bring up new candidates and build them up for higher positions over time. Our bench has been weak for some time now, which is what put us in the bad position we are in now.
If Fred was supportive of McCain this year, why go through all the hassle to announce and run for office himself? If he thought McCain was doing the right things from the start, wouldn't he have just saved himself the trouble and endorsed him from the beginning? As it is, Fred didn't formally endorse McCain, the man, he just called for folks to line up behind the presumptive nominee so that we could beat the Democrats. I don't think Fred will be sitting out the election because who he considered the best candidate didn't win the nomination for the Republicans.
Back to acting again? Oh well, he was a good comic relief while he puttered around instead of running. A good guy who should have stayed in the Tenn. area running for the Senate again. We shall not see him again in our time.
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