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Why Not Nominate the Next Reagan in 2012?
American Thinker ^ | February 27, 2010 | Bruce Walker

Posted on 02/27/2010 10:20:19 AM PST by EveningStar

If Republicans could, surely they would nominate Ronald Reagan for president in 2012. As it appears increasingly likely that Republicans -- conservative Republicans -- will control Congress after the 2012 elections, the only missing element in the political equation is a strong, conservative president like Ronald Reagan. In the mix of possible candidates for 2012, there are some potentially promising people.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; 2012gopprimary; fredlovesmccain; fredsucks; fredthompson; newbloodneeded; nofrednoway; notofred; palin; reagan; reaganisdead; ronaldreagan; thompson2012
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For those of you who want to cut to the chase, the author's pick for the next Reagan is Fred Thompson.
1 posted on 02/27/2010 10:20:20 AM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

>>For those of you who want to cut to the chase, the author’s pick for the next Reagan is Fred Thompson.<<

He blew it.

Too many of us resent him for spitting at our outstretched hands. He HAD the 2008 GOP nomination and probably the Presidency, but decided it was too much work.

Net result: the TOTUS-reader.


2 posted on 02/27/2010 10:24:23 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: EveningStar

Huckabee...they have GOT to be KIDDING.

Saw a partial interview with Hannity.
He is a certifiable RINO.
He thinks Zero is reasonable. BS. Backing him is a big mistake.

I’m interested in Ryan. But he says no to run. We shall see.


3 posted on 02/27/2010 10:24:35 AM PST by Marty62 (former Marty60)
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To: EveningStar
Sup, ES?

Thompson... He must show that he wants it.


4 posted on 02/27/2010 10:26:14 AM PST by rdb3 (The mouth is the exhaust pipe of the heart. WHO DAT!)
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To: rdb3
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5 posted on 02/27/2010 10:27:52 AM PST by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: rdb3

I do like Fred a lot, but I’ll be very surprised if he runs again.


6 posted on 02/27/2010 10:28:39 AM PST by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: EveningStar

conservative Republicans — will control Congress after the 2012 elections, the only missing element in the political equation is a strong, conservative president like Ronald Reagan. In the mix of possible candidates for 2012, there are some potentially promising people.

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Mitt Romney, who decently withdrew from the race before he lost in 2008, ought to be on the short list as well. Mike Huckabee will be some conservatives’ favorite as well. Tim Pawlenty has decided that America really needs him to be president, and other Republicans will too.

No. Thank you.


7 posted on 02/27/2010 10:29:03 AM PST by Grunthor (The more people I meet, the more I love my dogs.)
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To: EveningStar

That’s why Fred supported Howard Baker over Reagan.


8 posted on 02/27/2010 10:29:59 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: EveningStar
I love Fred but his performance in his last campaign pretty much spelled the end of any chance of running again ... unless there is some disaster of epic proportions that requires an elder statesman at the helm and then it goes to the best ticker between Fred and Big Time.

Michael Reagan has spoken on the subject already.

9 posted on 02/27/2010 10:30:16 AM PST by NonValueAdded ("Roll back Pelosi" Rush Limbaugh, 2/12/10)
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To: EveningStar

No repeats from 2008. We wasted a lot of time supporting Fred and were caught off guard with McCain.


10 posted on 02/27/2010 10:30:43 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: EveningStar

In the 2008 race, Fred Thompson had a big impact before he ever announced, from about April 2007 to Sept 2007. In that timeframe Fred took down Rudy and it was well worth his effort. Once Fred made it official on Leno, however, conservatives began to reject his candidacy and he just faded away. I doubt things would be different in 2012.


11 posted on 02/27/2010 10:31:18 AM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: napscoordinator

My choice for the nomination is Paul Ryan. He’s superb.


12 posted on 02/27/2010 10:32:21 AM PST by Newfy
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To: pissant

“That’s why Fred supported Howard Baker over Reagan.”

That’s something I didn’t know. Supporting McCain, CFR, etc was bad enough.


13 posted on 02/27/2010 10:33:22 AM PST by AuntB (WE are NOT a nation of immigrants! We're a nation of Americans! http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/)
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To: NonValueAdded
Michael Reagan has spoken on the subject already.

Yeah. Right.

14 posted on 02/27/2010 10:33:42 AM PST by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: Newfy

I would love for him to run. I think he said he would not run but so did Hillary. I really hope he decides to!!!


15 posted on 02/27/2010 10:34:35 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: EveningStar

I like Fred. I supported Fred in 2008. But, Fred had his chance. Its time to move on to a fresher crop of emerging conservative leadership — Palin, Cantor, Jindal, etc.

SnakeDoc


16 posted on 02/27/2010 10:34:57 AM PST by SnakeDoctor (Do you know if the hotel is pager friendly? [...] I'm not getting a sig on my beeper.)
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To: EveningStar

Fred is a thief.

He took my money on Sunday and resigned on Monday


17 posted on 02/27/2010 10:35:44 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Tax the poor. Taxes will give them a stake in society)
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To: onyx

FYI


18 posted on 02/27/2010 10:36:31 AM PST by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: AuntB

I’d still prefer him over most of the guys lining up to run. Tells you something.


19 posted on 02/27/2010 10:37:09 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: EveningStar

“— conservative Republicans — will control Congress after the 2012 elections...”

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Do we even have enough conservative Republicans to fill the seats of the Marxists in Congress or will we just water down their numbers with a bunch of RINOs who make promises but do not deliver and whose greatest accomplishment is their “reaching across the aisle”?


20 posted on 02/27/2010 10:38:46 AM PST by 353FMG (Save the Planet -- Eliminate Socialism)
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To: EveningStar

Palin/Thompson 2012. See my tagline...


21 posted on 02/27/2010 10:39:33 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2 million for Sarah Palin, & it won't be from Gaza or Nigeria!!)
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To: pissant

Your guy, Duncan Hunter, endorsed Mike Huckabee in 2008. That was after Duncan couldn’t break the margin of error in most polls. LOL


22 posted on 02/27/2010 10:40:10 AM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: EveningStar
We will need a serious, brave, kind, and decent man. The world's greatest leaders -- Reagan and Churchill are perfect examples -- have been older men. We will need in 2012 another Reagan, another Churchill. Fred Thompson fits that role perfectly, and we should get behind him now.

THOMPSON/PALIN 2012


23 posted on 02/27/2010 10:40:18 AM PST by Donald Rumsfeld Fan (Sarah Palin "the Thrilla from Wasilla")
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To: SnakeDoctor

I’d like to see Palin, Pence or Demint. Pence and DeMint have done a great job in office this past year and Palin has been a great spokeswoman and motivator.


24 posted on 02/27/2010 10:44:20 AM PST by RedMDer (Recycle Congress in 2010, 2012... Forward with Confidence! Forward!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I thought Scott Brown was the big push?

Brown/Snowe /s

25 posted on 02/27/2010 10:45:11 AM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: SnakeDoctor

Fred Thompson is a good man, but he was just not able to pull it off against a weak field in 2008. If it were him against any of the RINOs, including Jindal, Cantor, Mitt, Palwlenty, Huck,etc. I would pull the lever for him in a heartbeat.

Two points: First, he is not running. Period.

Second, he is even less likely to run against
Sarah Palin, with whom he agrees on most issues.

That said, I could see Fred Thompson as an absolutely splendid Vice Presidential candidate on Palin’s ticket. He could serve one term. Then, when she runs for reelection,she could elect someone younger who could succeed her (serve her third term, as it were).

(Actually I wish Reagan had been able to do this with Ford in 1980. Mollify the establishment by picking Ford, then jettison him in 1984 in favor of a real conservative. Unfortunately,we got Bush instead)


26 posted on 02/27/2010 10:45:48 AM PST by Brices Crossroads (Politico and)
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To: EveningStar

I dont know much about Mitch Daniels, but what I have heard sounds promising. Can anyone fill me in?


27 posted on 02/27/2010 10:46:58 AM PST by freespirited (We're not the Party of No. We're the Party of HELL NO!!!)
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To: EveningStar

Thanks for the ping. :)

None of the pundits seem to understand that congressional elections this year take precedent!


28 posted on 02/27/2010 10:47:36 AM PST by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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To: Donald Rumsfeld Fan

No. It should be Palin-Thompson for reasons stated in post 26.


29 posted on 02/27/2010 10:47:42 AM PST by Brices Crossroads (Politico and)
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To: Brices Crossroads
Fred Thompson is a good man, but he was just not able to pull it off against a weak field in 2008. If it were him against any of the RINOs, including Jindal, Cantor, Mitt, Palwlenty, Huck,etc. I would pull the lever for him in a heartbeat.

That was a bad year for strong conservatives.

Now that the nation has had four years of a manchild screwing up the nation, they will be longing for a grownup father figure with common sense to assume the presidency and set the ship of state on a sensible course.

And having Sarah on the ticket is icing on the cake.

30 posted on 02/27/2010 11:00:21 AM PST by Donald Rumsfeld Fan (Sarah Palin "the Thrilla from Wasilla")
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To: EveningStar

Fred was by far the best candidate last time around. But, whatever you think of him, there’s not a chance that he can run again. That was his last chance.

I’ll take Sarah.


31 posted on 02/27/2010 11:04:40 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Brices Crossroads

Your post cracked me up: that Thompson is not a RINO compared to any of those on your list. He’s been to the left of most of those on some issues. Thompson has been a long-time McCain supporter including supporting campaign-finance reform. When he backed out of the race to whom did he throw his support? If you’re calling Jindal a RINO all I can say is WOW.


32 posted on 02/27/2010 11:06:39 AM PST by powderfan (Santorum for VP)
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To: freedumb2003

Mr. Thompson’s behavior during the last GOP primary was definitely odd. I attended a GOP conference where most of the GOP primary candidates were to speak. Most of the candidates spoke for about 20-25 minutes.....except Thompson. He came on stage with his wife; she waved and then left the stage. Fred proceeded to speak for, maybe, 5 minutes and then was gone! Many people there were supporting him but they then looked at each other ..like what’s this about?? Giuliani was terrific; hit the ball out of the park, but, guess his baggage was too heavy. Romney was very good too and, similar to Giuliani, spoke about 20 minutes. McCain was good too but, iirc, didn’t have a lot of supporters there. Thompson and Romney had evening coffee/ice cream events for supporters. Romney and his wife attended his event, spoke briefly and then remained to speak with people. Fred made an appearance at his event but quickly departed. I believe his wife remained for a while.
Very curious behavior for someone who was campaigning to win an election. imho, seemed like he really didn’t want the job...


33 posted on 02/27/2010 11:08:11 AM PST by 4integrity
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To: Cicero

......That was his last chance.......

Which bears repeating

That was his last chance.


34 posted on 02/27/2010 11:09:47 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Tax the poor. Taxes will give them a stake in society)
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To: Cicero
I’ll take Sarah.

I'd sign for this.

35 posted on 02/27/2010 11:10:55 AM PST by Senator Goldwater
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To: pissant

“That’s why Fred supported Howard Baker over Reagan.”

And now McCain over Hayworth.


36 posted on 02/27/2010 11:13:22 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: EGPWS

>>I thought Scott Brown was the big push?<<

It took all of, 2 or 3 weeks to remove any chance of his ever getting the GOP nod for anything other than the seat he has now (a RINO is still better than a Commie, but not by much).


37 posted on 02/27/2010 11:13:37 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Reagan Man

ANd Huck was worse than Mitt and McQueeg because......


38 posted on 02/27/2010 11:15:11 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant
>>>>>ANd Huck was worse than Mitt and McQueeg because......

No better or worse then Howard Baker.

39 posted on 02/27/2010 11:21:16 AM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: EveningStar
I love Fred. He did have the media steal some of his thunder last time out ~ I think they indercut him for the obviously weaker candidates ~ but his campaign was still anemic.

I think Fred has a good life with his young children, radio show and beautiful wife, who is 20 years his junior. Lucky guy!

I would have Fred certified if he wanted to become president. I don't think he wants to "cowboy-up" for this go around.


40 posted on 02/27/2010 11:26:25 AM PST by incredulous joe (Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.)
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To: napscoordinator
"No repeats from 2008."

I disagree. Duncan Hunter. Accept no substitute. Palin as VP.

41 posted on 02/27/2010 11:28:06 AM PST by EnigmaticAnomaly ("Mantra of the left: 'It's only okay when WE do it.'")
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To: Senator Goldwater

If you were to ask me who the next Reagan might be, I would have picked Fred, second, and after Palin.

She’s got “it”!


42 posted on 02/27/2010 11:29:01 AM PST by incredulous joe (Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.)
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To: powderfan

FYI... Fred Thompson was candidate #1 on FR in 2008.

If Fred was a Rino he never would have gotten past the forum front door, newbie.


43 posted on 02/27/2010 11:37:05 AM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: powderfan

Free Republic Opinion Poll: (9/9) Who do you support for president?

Composite Opinion
Fred Thompson 41.5% 3,059
Duncan Hunter 15.6% 1,151
Ron Paul 13.6% 1,004
Mitt Romney 10.6% 780
Rudy Giuliani 6.6% 483
Other/undecided 5.1% 373
Tom Tancredo 3.2% 234
Mike Huckabee 2.5% 181
John McCain 0.8% 59
Sam Brownback 0.6% 41
100.1% 7,365
Member Opinion
Fred Thompson 49.9% 1,404
Duncan Hunter 21.2% 597
Mitt Romney 6.1% 172
Other/undecided 6.0% 170
Ron Paul 5.4% 153
Rudy Giuliani 4.8% 136
Tom Tancredo 3.0% 84
Mike Huckabee 2.6% 72
John McCain 0.5% 15
Sam Brownback 0.3% 9
99.8% 2,812
Non-Member Opinion
Fred Thompson 36.3% 1,655
Ron Paul 18.7% 851
Mitt Romney 13.4% 608
Duncan Hunter 12.2% 554
Rudy Giuliani 7.6% 347
Other/undecided 4.5% 203
Tom Tancredo 3.3% 150
Mike Huckabee 2.4% 109
John McCain 1.0% 44
Sam Brownback 0.7% 32
100.1% 4,553

44 posted on 02/27/2010 11:39:32 AM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: powderfan

“Your post cracked me up: that Thompson is not a RINO compared to any of those on your list.”

One mistake does not a RINO make. And he is not a candidate now or likely to become one so it is moot. As far as Thompson being a RINO, Rush Limbaugh and Jim Robinson both supported him in 2008 with glowing comments. I haven’t got time to list the reasons, but I will submit to you that Rush and JR (and you can add Mark Levin, who was “leaning” to Thompson before he withdrew)NEVER support Rinos.

“If you’re calling Jindal a RINO all I can say is WOW.”

All I can say is WOW. Do you know that he made a deal with legislators to triple their pay in return for getting his toothless ethics reforms through? He had to back down when the deal became public, but was late to do so. He is a very big spender in Louisiana and has spent much of his time outside the state fundraising for a Presidential run while collecting a paycheck from the citizens of Louisiana. Finally, when the state’s GOP senator, David Vitter, got in trouble about an indiscretion seven years before, Jindal came out and condemned him, which I found to be a political calculation and quite ungratious in light of the fact that Vitter had cleared the field of candidates for Jindal to run for Vitter’s old seat in Congress (which he vacated in 2004 on election to the Senate) move from Baton Rouge, where he had lived his entire life (except for college and a Washington job) to suburban New Orleans in 2005 (even though several of the candidates had announced for the job including the current congressman, Steve Scalise), which Jindal used as a springboard for his successful run for the Governor’s mansion in 2007, also with Vitter’s support.

In my book, a governor who cuts a back room deal to triple legislator’s pay, and has be be forced away from it, travels the country fundraising for a Presidential run while collecting a state check, is a big spender, and tries to score political points at the expense of someone who has done much to help him, is a RINO, and and a particularly disloyal one.

I used to have high hopes for Jindal. No more.


45 posted on 02/27/2010 11:43:30 AM PST by Brices Crossroads (Politico and)
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To: freespirited

I, too, am watching Mitch Daniels with interest. He appears to have cracked the door ajar just a bit to a possible run. He is a straight arrow with a terrific economic track record.


46 posted on 02/27/2010 11:44:48 AM PST by Bahbah (Only dead fish go with the flow)
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To: EveningStar
Here's a candid shot of Fred campagining.


47 posted on 02/27/2010 11:46:14 AM PST by stormer
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To: EveningStar
For those of you who want to cut to the chase, the author's pick for the next Reagan is Fred Thompson.

Absolutely not! No more old men! Fred didn't have the energy to participate effectively in the last election, much less another in nearly 3 years!

48 posted on 02/27/2010 11:46:41 AM PST by Dem Guard
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To: Reagan Man

What this list shows me is a real need to expand the list!


49 posted on 02/27/2010 11:49:43 AM PST by Dem Guard
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To: Brices Crossroads

Nice summation on Jindal He’s definitely a ‘Big R’ Republican. Nice guy though.


50 posted on 02/27/2010 11:50:50 AM PST by Al B.
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