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Palin, Fred Thompson show leadership, while Huckabee and Romney exude cowardice (NY23)
The Des Moines Examiner ^ | October 31, 2009 | Kevin Hall

Posted on 11/01/2009 8:06:58 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

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.

For those who have not heard about this race, local and national Republican leaders decided to back Dede Scozzafava for the vacant congressional seat. She truly lives up to the term RINO (Republican in Name Only), especially on social issues. Scozzafava is pro-choice, supports gay marriage and the Obama stimulus plan. She believes abortions should always be legal, no matter the circumstances. So the voters in NY District 23 were given the option of liberal Democrat Doug Owens or liberal Republican Dede Scozzafava. Conservatives had no choice, until Doug Hoffman entered the race.

Hoffman's candidacy began picking up steam in recent weeks, and then exploded thanks to the endorsement of Sarah Palin. Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty followed suit. Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney refused to endorse anyone.

In doing so, Huckabee showed he is not a leader. He is a panderer. He panders to the Republican Party establishment because he wants their support in 2012. Huckabee even headlined a Conservative Party fundraiser in upstate New York last week, but his failure to endorse Hoffman left conservatives dumbfounded. "When you’re a leader of the conservative movement, as Mike Huckabee is, you should make a bold statement,” said Mike Long, president of the New York State Conservative Party. “If you’re a leader, how do you not get involved?” Huckabee's lack of leadership on this issue is especially appalling given Scozzafava's support of abortion anytime, anywhere, no matter the circumstances. Huckabee is supposedly the Republican beacon of pro-life issues. Not anymore. Not after this act of cowardice.

Mitt Romney was no better. He tried to spin his lack of endorsement for Scozzafava as some sort of strong stance, telling Fox News, "That should speak a certain amount of volume. I can't endorse our candidate in that race." You are right, Mitt. It does speak volumes. But not in a positive way for you.

A funny thing happened on Saturday, though. Polls showed Scozzafava quickly dropping to third place in the polls, well behind Hoffman and Owens. So, she dropped out of the race. Following her withdrawal, Newt Gingrich, the NRCC, Michael Steele and others rushed out their endorsements of Hoffman. Huckabee finally followed suit in mid-afternoon.

Hoffman, a true conservative, now has a terrific chance to win this race. No thanks to the leaders of the Republican Party. No thanks to Romney and Huckabee, two 2008 Presidential candidates who are almost certain to run again in 2012. They want us to uphold them as leaders of the conservative movement. They are not. Leaders take bold steps by standing on their principles. That is what Sarah Palin and Fred Thompson did.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: fredthompson; hoffman; newyork; ny2009; ny23; palin; palin2012; palinthompson2012; sarahpalin; scozzafava; teapartyrebellion
So true... I'd love to see Palin/Thompson 2012.
1 posted on 11/01/2009 8:07:01 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sarah gets it right...again. You go girl! From a fellow Wasillian.
2 posted on 11/01/2009 8:09:25 PM PST by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Democrats spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes, we see who are the leaders here and they are NOT who we use to believe...thank goodness. Not sure who is the leader these days but Palin is putting on a vary good show and sure has the backing of millions. Another may emerge but for now, well...Palin is the star...


3 posted on 11/01/2009 8:09:56 PM PST by Deagle
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To: Politicalmom; jellybean; Josh Painter; ejonesie22; papasmurf; Bobbisox; DesScorp; thefactor; ...

Fred ping!


4 posted on 11/01/2009 8:10:15 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2 million for Sarah Palin if she runs; What will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Huck = Nice Guy, but pussy

Romney = Slick packaging that can NOT be trusted (how does ANY "republican" get elected governor of one of THE MOST LIBERAL states in the union?!!!)

JUST SAY "NO!" TO ANY AND ALL RINOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5 posted on 11/01/2009 8:14:22 PM PST by DocH (Official Right-Wing Extremist Veteran Seal Of Approval)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I often wonder if Huckabee isn’t using that show of his, and not a terribly good one if you ask me, on FOX as a means of gaining exposure and favororitism for the 2021 cycle?
Palin/Thompson? Which Thompson? I would amost favor Jeri over Fred. Fred did not seem to have the fire in the belly last go around.


6 posted on 11/01/2009 8:17:18 PM PST by celtic gal
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Palin, Fred Thompson show leadership, while Huckabee and
Romney exude cowardice (NY23)
So true... I'd love to see Palin/Thompson 2012.

your title / comment...pretty much said it all.
No other comment seems necessary.


7 posted on 11/01/2009 8:19:22 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Zer0 to the voter: "Welcome to 'MY' DeathCARE ® Plan"...Sucker! ...now just die. :^)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Fred and Jeri Thompson deserve the most credit, they were first on the scene. Then Rush, Mark, and Glenn got on board about 2 weeks back.

Sarah came quickly after that. Newt, Huckster, and Mitt showed us alot in this episode. They have been talking about her Scazzafava and now she endorses Pelosi’s candidate who will vote for Nationalized Health Care. This election could be the deciding vote.

They have also not mentioned David Harmer who is running in California 10 at all.


8 posted on 11/01/2009 8:19:22 PM PST by Steelers6
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Palin and Pawlenty mentioned as early endorsers of Hoffman, but Fred Thompson only made last sentence of article.


9 posted on 11/01/2009 8:20:35 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: Fester Chugabrew

Thompson made the first sentence of the article...


10 posted on 11/01/2009 8:25:23 PM PST by TexasNative2000 (Barack Obama - the Teachers Pet of international socialists.)
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To: celtic gal

I was a fred fan before, but thompson gave up way too early, last time. I wouldn’t recommend him again.


11 posted on 11/01/2009 8:25:59 PM PST by 4rcane
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Politicalmom; girlangler; KoRn; Shortstop7; Lunatic Fringe; Darnright; babygene; ...
Leaders take bold steps by standing on their principles. That is what Sarah Palin and Fred Thompson did.


12 posted on 11/01/2009 8:27:23 PM PST by jellybean (Bookmark http://altfreerepublic.freeforums.org/index.php for when FR is down)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The timing on this could NOT be better. Now that the Pelosi Bill is on the table, conservatives will make a statement in NY23, as well as VA and NJ. After Tuesday night, the Blue Dog Dems will be firmly in the “No” column on Obamacare.


13 posted on 11/01/2009 8:29:30 PM PST by TexasNative2000 (Barack Obama - the Teachers Pet of international socialists.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
oh!...thanks, for the ping.

14 posted on 11/01/2009 8:31:36 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Zer0 to the voter: "Welcome to 'MY' DeathCARE ® Plan"...Sucker! ...now just die. :^)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I doubt if Fred will run for elective office again. But I don’t think he would turn down an offer from Sarah to be her White House Chief of Staff.

- JP


15 posted on 11/01/2009 8:33:54 PM PST by Josh Painter ("Government cannot make you happy or healthy or wealthy or wise." - Sarah Heath Palin)
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To: TexasNative2000

My bad. He made the second sentence, too. Pawlenty mentioned later.


16 posted on 11/01/2009 8:33:54 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: jellybean
thanks, for the ping.

17 posted on 11/01/2009 8:37:11 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Zer0 to the voter: "Welcome to 'MY' DeathCARE ® Plan"...Sucker! ...now just die. :^)
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To: Josh Painter
I doubt if Fred will run for elective office again.

I agree which makes Sarah's early endorsement so much more the important as I would bet the store that she'll be in the race next time.

18 posted on 11/01/2009 8:39:49 PM PST by CedarDave (FOX news:"Fair and balanced (no matter what the White House says) . We report because others won't.")
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To: 4rcane
I
was a fred fan before...I wouldn’t recommend him again.

FRed...had said, (something like)
...I thought, I could do It "On the Cheap"
....to save $$$$
..not as an excuse, an explanation.


19 posted on 11/01/2009 8:45:21 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Zer0 to the voter: "Welcome to 'MY' DeathCARE ® Plan"...Sucker! ...now just die. :^)
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To: AlaskaErik
...a fellow Wasillian.

Damn, you must be awful proud of your local girl. Y'all sure grow 'em good up there.

20 posted on 11/01/2009 8:56:01 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"while Huckabee and Romney exude cowardice"

In other words, they behave as they always do.

21 posted on 11/01/2009 8:59:06 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I wonder if Thompson would want to get back into the fray? Maybe if Sarah Palin does? I can't imagine anyone, especially a Republican, wanting to run knowing what they and their families are in for. Tom DeLay was talking about how vicious it's gotten since he first ran for office, and it was bad then. Now, they want to criminalize your actions, he said, and destroy you. Of course, some/many politicians ARE criminals. Maybe Thompson and Palin are going to take a position behind the scenes?
22 posted on 11/01/2009 9:02:53 PM PST by Humal
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To: Josh Painter
I doubt if Fred will run for elective office again. But I don’t think he would turn down an offer from Sarah to be her White House Chief of Staff.

I sure hope so, or at least something along those lines.

23 posted on 11/01/2009 9:02:56 PM PST by NurdlyPeon (Sarah Palin: Americas last, best hope for survival.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Huck and Romney are now officially “Michael Steele Republicans” — those lacking backbones of “steel”.


24 posted on 11/01/2009 9:04:14 PM PST by Theodore R.
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To: Humal

Tom DeLay hurt the GOP by insisisting on being the Republican nominee in 2006 and then pulling out of the race, leaving the party without a replacement nominee under TX law.


25 posted on 11/01/2009 9:05:28 PM PST by Theodore R.
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To: 4rcane

Thompson seemed to have regretted ever entering the race in 2007. He had no “fire in the belly”. But he “could a’ been a contender”.


26 posted on 11/01/2009 9:06:36 PM PST by Theodore R.
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This FREDHEAD could live with the Number 2 spot.


27 posted on 11/01/2009 9:07:56 PM PST by dusttoyou (libs are all wee wee'd up and no place to go)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wish Fred would get serious about running for President - I mean REALLY serious.


28 posted on 11/01/2009 9:08:54 PM PST by fwdude (It is not the liberals who will destroy this country, but the "moderates.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“Outside endorsements will not change the fact that she’s (Dede) the only candidate with the cross-party appeal that can win this swing district,” said Paul Lindsay, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Posted in an articled dated Nov. 1 that seems unaware that Scuzzobama dropped out and endorsed the rat.

29 posted on 11/01/2009 9:12:27 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN | NO "INDIVIDUAL MANDATE"!!!!!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
When Fred said, "No hand shows!" You saw everything that you needed to know about the Republican line-up in 2008.

Mitt said, "I'm with him!" The rest were back on their heels and didn't know what to do.

30 posted on 11/01/2009 9:18:16 PM PST by Ghengis
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To: AlaskaErik

Thank you for your faithful service to our country, AE. God bless you, from a fellow Wasillan.


31 posted on 11/01/2009 9:38:41 PM PST by redhead (They are running SCARED, folks! :o) Check out the Halfbaked Sourdough at mukluk.wordpress.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Fred’s the first main party candidate I supported in a primary and I’ve been able to vote since Bush’s first run. If it’s Palin/Thompson....you have my vote.

Palin and Thompson should really talk about it and get their strategy down years before 2012.


32 posted on 11/02/2009 12:17:57 AM PST by Rick_Michael (Have no fear "President Government" is here)
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To: 4rcane

How do you run in Super Tuesday if you have no money? He exited the race when he could no longer afford to run in the race.


33 posted on 11/02/2009 6:44:40 AM PST by carton253 (Ask me about Throw Away the Scabbard - a Civil War alternate history.)
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To: celtic gal

As someone who was not liking Fred at all during the last election cycle, he sure does look a lot better now. I just saw him on Fox News and he seemed like a different man. He seemed to have much more energy and was a lot more forceful. I might have to give Fred a second look. If he keeps this up I might end up liking the guy. What I saw today I liked very much.


34 posted on 11/02/2009 7:18:41 AM PST by rodeo-mamma
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To: jellybean

My dream ticket for ‘08 was Thompson/Palin but it wasn’t meant to be...sigh.


35 posted on 11/02/2009 12:58:20 PM PST by FlashBack ('0'bama: "Katrina on a Global Level")
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To: FlashBack

My dream ticket for 2012 would be Palin/Thompson. :)


36 posted on 11/02/2009 1:56:49 PM PST by jellybean
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To: jellybean

Works for me too!


37 posted on 11/02/2009 2:06:26 PM PST by FlashBack ('0'bama: "Katrina on a Global Level")
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