Skip to comments.Palin, Thompson show leadership while Romney and Huckabee exude cowardice
Posted on 10/31/2009 10:12:14 PM PDT by bigred08
Sarah Palin and Fred Thompson had the guts to do what Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and the entire Republican Party would not do. One month ago, Thompson became the first prominent national Republican to endorse Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in the New York District 23 Congressional race. Palin made an even bigger impact by endorsing Hoffman a week and a half ago. In doing so, Palin lived up to her penchant for going against the mainstream and taking on powerbrokers inside her own party.
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Hmmm Palin/Thompson 2012 That’s a ticket I could believe in.
A beauty and the beast remake.
And actually, Pawlenty endorsed. Do you think he has his finger to the wind?
Hoffman has some darn good backers...Thompson, Sarah, Santoram.
I pray he wins..what a “kick in the pants” boost it would be
The GOP will try (again) to stick Romney in the faces of it’s members as the GOP rep for the presidency. Only RINOS could stand that d-bag.
I gotta say I love listening to Fred Thompson’s radio show. He’s funny, humble, down-to-earth, and has some good insights on how Congress really works. I’d much rather listen to Fred than Rush, Sean or any of the other talkers.
Huck, Newt, Romney, all gutless establishment Republicans.
Newt and Romney especially don’t know what a conservative is.
Turncoats. They follow the money. That’s where their loyalties are.
Now that’s TWO leaders not in name only! By standing up for what they believe in - conservative values - they led the pack!
the irony is that for all the talk they did about being a team of mavericks and all of that, from what I know of Palin, McCain seems like the last type of Republican she’d support.
She didn’t endorse him in the primaries, from what I’ve found never really said anything positive about him until well after he had secured the nomination, let alone for the time she was Governor before that.
Nor did he really say anything positive about her. It’s pretty obvious she was picked because they thought having a woman VP would be the only thing that could flip the race in such an overwhelmingly dem year and none of the other women were seen as being conservative enough to get the support of the party at large. I doubt anyone on the McCain staff had any clue of the impact she’d have.
But McCain was really the only one who could have possibly picked her because of his unquestionable natl security and foreign policy credentials and his beltway expreience. Romney or Huckabee never could have picked her because they would have needed a guy like Biden or Cheney to shore up their foreign policy and security credentials like Obama and Bush did.
Funny how things work out sometimes
I wonder if there’s any chance Fred would run again. And maybe put some more effort into it unlike his 2008 bid. Lol. Seriously though, I think people may want an old, “grandpa”-ish guy after the effeminate man-child that is Obama.
I’ll admit I was a Giuliani guy last go around simply because I thought he was the one guy who could be counted on to take on the terorrists and Iran and I was confident he’d make the right Court appts regardless of his own views/ But I was open to all the other candidates. Nevertheless from the first time I saw Romney there was something fake and phony about him. I couldn’t put my finger on it but it just oozed through my tv. It wasn’t there with anyone else. I never though Huckabee was phony. Or McCain or Thompson, or even Paul.
But from the minute I saw Mitt, I just couldn’t shake that feeling.
Aunt Bee?... Well that would be Rudy Giuliani..
I truly think that McCain wanted to run Lieberman as his VP.
That would have been a total annihilation during the election..instead of the small one we saw.
The article mentions Pawlenty’s endorsement, but it came after Palin’s. Nice to see he had more guts than Romney & Huckabee, tho.
Fred would give the right balance of experince to Palin and he would be great at handling the ‘dirty’ work that VP’s often do for the President. He would work well with congress and keeping the Republicans there in line as well. And he be a reassuring back-up to Palin as SMCC1 put it:
“I think people may want an old, grandpa-ish guy after the effeminate man-child that is Obama.” No they might not want him to lead, but they want him there to ‘grab the wheel’ when SHTF.
Romney has been working Virginia. I’m not sure who has appeared in NY so maybe you all can fill me in who is appearing where and for whom.
Rommney is working the sure thing so he can claim he helped bring home the victory, instead of working a real race. In other words Rommney is be the selfserving jerk he has always been. Rommney and Obama are cut from the same cloth IMHO.
Mittens is best kept in behind the curtain (except in UT and maybe NV) raising money for the GOP, which he does seem to have a knack for.
Oh, he clearly wanted Lieberman. Multiple accounts made that clear. But he realized it wouldn’t work. He couldn’t stand Romney so he was out. It was basically down to Pawlenty as the safe, make no waves choice and Palin as the go for broke shake things up choice.
His pollsters all told him that if he picked Pawlenty, even if everything broke their way and everything went right for them and everything went wrong for Obama, it’d be extremely tough to top 48% or so. Palin was the only one who gave him a chance to win due to potential swings among white women mainly, but also increased numbers among conservatives.
Which is exactly what happened(20 pt swing among white women) and why he was ahead until the middle of Spetember when Lehman, AIG and the rest of the economy totally collapsed and the market crashd by 30% in a matter of weeks.
Huckabee, Romney and Newt all outed themselves as fake or cowardly conservatives. They are all disqualified.
With Palin-Thompson, we'll sweep the North, and the South, with two Conservatives on the same ticket. IMO
I’d rather Bachman lest Thompson fall asleep as it seemed in the last campaign.
This could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship.
I think Reagan was 68 when he took office.
If Fred were elected he’d be 69 when he takes office in 2012.
He could do it, but he’d have to show a lot more enthusiasm early than the last time.
I wish I had your faith in McCain’s savvy.
McCain mishandled the September crash..in a huge way, imho.
But I don’t see any reason to fight a battle that happened last year.
For whatever reason...he brought Palin front and center.
Do I think she can win a presidential election? I don’t know. It worries me. Who else do we have waiting in the wings?
But she can darn sure bring out support. That may be her role in this drama.
Two women on the same ticket would nevre work. I for one would never wish to debate Fred Thompson.
We'll see. After Obama, if there's anything left, and the illegal voters return home because they're starving...the two of us could probably get elected.
Huckabee, Romney and Newt all outed themselves as fake or cowardly conservatives. They are all disqualified. “
Absolutely! This race was very instructive. We were able to flush out 3 pretenders-all of whom should be dispelled quickly in the 2012 primaries.
Bump for later Sunday reading.
Fred Thompson bragged that McCain/Feingold should be called, McCain/Feingold/Thompson. He chaired McCain’s 2000 campaign. Ann Coulter did a column about how McFred was barely conservative enough to get by in his safe TN seat. Promote him at your peril.
I love your enthusiasm, but I'm not so sure about "sweeping" the North. Which states in the North do you think Palin-Thompson would sweep?
Can you imagine Bachman as SOS?
Who is on the ground where was my question. Fred did Ad spots for Hoffman so that counts too. Anyone can sit at home and twitter an endorsement.
You're right, that probably was a bit of an exuberant prognostication. I think that they would take enough enough of the Northern states to win though.
California would be the make or break state, IMO.
To be fair, it is not like she was first. She waited until it was safe to do so. If she was really gutsy, she would have stated her support one week prior and not wait for that first guy who did (name escapes me).
Huckabee made it clear that he agreed with Hoffman and publicly refused to endorse the RINO candidate. But he’d already been contracted through his speakers’ agency to do a paid gig hosting a local Conservative Party awards dinner. If he’d endorsed their candidate after that, Hoffman’s opponents would have portrayed Hoffman as buying his endorsement, not only smearing Huckabee but causing an unnecessary distraction for the Hoffman campaign. This had happened once before, so he knew it would happen again. He preferred that the partisan and the uninformed attack him rather than Hoffman. But don’t bother doing any research before attacking people’s motives and character.
McCain only picked Palin because he couldn't get enough conservative votes to pull himself above 30% in the polls, and most of those were votes against Obama.
Sarah Palin brought in the votes, but McCain dragged the ticket back down into losing territory.
Fred would be to Palin what Cheney was to Bush.....that sage advisor and tough as nails conservative.
God works in mysterious ways. I think McCain's purpose was to be the vehicle to introduce Sarah on the national stage.
You’re so right about Fred, his heart was’nt in it last time. No fire in the belly, all the right words but no umpf.
Besides even the purists here on FR do not agree on what constitutes perfection.
Team Romney is continuing backstabbing Gov. Palin even NOW!!!!
And The Most Irresponsible Journalist Award Goes to The Politicos Jonathan Martin!
So tell me, how do you write a news story about an organization paying for a speaker when you dont even know if the organization is paying for the speaker?
Ask journalist Jonathan Martin. He knows all about it.
You see, Jonny wrote a piss poor story the other day about how the Iowa Family Policy Center will be paying a large speaker fee if Sarah Palin comes to Iowa to keynote the IFPCs fall funderaiser.
The only problem is that Jonny has no sources confirming that any exorbitant fee is being charged or paid.
Jonny also got some inside info from David Kochel, who was a top aide to former (and future) presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.
Hey Dave, didnt I just read a story about how Mitt Romney tried to buy off the Iowa Christian Alliance?
I heard you helped facilitate that little scheme. And somehow you are shocked at the thought of a well-known political figure (who very likely isnt running for president) getting paid a speakers fee for (gasp) a public speaking appearance? ..
and then weve got Tim Albrecht quoted. He was the Iowa spokesman for Romneys 2008 caucus campaign.
And it always seemed like, whenever the Romney people had rumors they wanted to start about other candidates,
Jonny was their go-to guy to get those rumors in writing in front of a national audience.
The McCain/Palin ticket was up ++8 to 10 pts. in some polls, days prior to the election.
So rather than helping the GOP, poor loser I am Myth Romney and
TeamROMNEY decided to attack Gov. Palin (and her defenseless children) to throw Election2008.
Late in October, The American Spectator's The Prowler revealed:
"Former Mitt Romney presidential campaign staffers
have been involved in spreading anti-Palin spin to reporters, seeking to diminish her standing after the election.
'Sarah Palin is a lightweight, she won't be the first, not even the third, person people will think of when it comes to 2012,'
says one former Romney aide
'The only serious candidate ready to challenge to lead the Republican Party is Mitt Romney.
"Some former Romney aides were behind the recent leaks to media, including CNN, that Governor Sarah Palin was a 'diva' and was going off message intentionally."
The Palmetto Scoop reported: "One of the first stories to hit the national airwaves was
the claim of a major internal strife between close McCain aides and the folks handling his running mate Sarah Palin."
"Im told by very good sources that this was indeed the case and that a rift had developed, but it was between Palins people and the staffers brought on from the failed presidential campaign of former Gov. Mitt Romney, not McCain aides."
"The sources said nearly 80 percent of Romneys former staff was absorbed by McCain and these individuals were responsible for what amounts to a premeditated, last-minute sabotage of Palin."
aides loyal to Romney inside the McCain campaign, said The Scoop, reportedly saw
that Palin would be a serious contender for the Republican nomination in 2012 or 2016, which made her a threat to another presidential quest by Romney.
Erick Erickson, who organized Operation Leper, said:
"These staffers are now out trying to finish her off .hoping it would ingratiate themselves with Mitt Romney."
"Who's the Palin Leaker from the McCain Campaign?
National Review Online The publication of a Vanity Fair profile of Sarah Palin
appears to have opened old wounds in the McCain campaign.
... the source of the Diva leak was Nicolle Wallaces husband."
Fred barely get by in Tenneesse? Now that’s a load of horse hockey if I ever heard any and since moving to New Mexico the ‘Dims’ out here are experts on horse hockey!
Note to Mr. Hall:
The Revolution has begun!