Skip to comments.Remember, We're Choosing a President (Thomas Sowell: Romney most steady candidate in GOP field)
Posted on 01/07/2008 10:25:01 PM PST by AKSurprise
"The question of what kind of President each candidate would make is infinitely more important than all the "horse race" handicapping that dominates the media.
By far the best presentation as a candidate, among all the candidates in both parties, is that of Barack Obama. But if he actually believes even half of the irresponsible nonsense he talks, he would be an utter disaster in the White House.
Among the Democrats, the choice between John Edwards and Barack Obama depends on whether you prefer glib demagoguery in its plain vanilla form or spiced with a little style and color.
The choice between both of them and Hillary Clinton depends on whether you prefer male or female demagoguery.
Among the Republicans, there are misgivings about the track record of each of the candidates, especially those who have shown what Thorstein Veblen once called "a versatility of convictions."
There are fewer reasons for misgivings about Fred Thompson's track record in the Senate but more reason to be concerned about what his unfocused and lackluster conduct of his campaign might portend for his performance in the White House.
When it comes to personal temperament, Governor Romney would rate the highest for his even keel, regardless of what events are swirling around him, with Rudolph Giuliani a close second.
Temperament is far more important for a President than for a candidate. A President has to be on an even keel 24/7, for four long years, despite crises that can break out anywhere in the world at any time.
John McCain trails the pack in the temperament department, with his volatile, arrogant, and abrasive know-it-all attitude. His track record in the Senate is full of the betrayals of Republican supporters that have been the party's biggest failing over the years and its Achilles heel politically."
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Um, you're kidding, right?
No? Okay. Well, that's easy, then. How about IOWA?
As a home schooler I know what you’re talking about. Huckabee is neither a conservative nor a friend to conservatives.
Nowhere did I say Sowell stated that either. That is my own humble opinion, which I wholeheartedly believe. Look at the facts, Fred has no chance of getting the nomination, regardless of how right, and grounded he may be on the issues. Of the viable candidates Romney, McInsane, Hickabee, and Giuliani, Romney is the conservative of the pack, and has the most leadership experience.
It is high time conservatives realize it's Mitt and gather to support him! : )
What always surprises me about those poll ratings, Quinn, is that Guiliani is generally nowhere to be seen on them, usually far behind Fred, yet Rudy is treated by the MSM as a real contender.
Talk about bias!!
Thompson came in third in Iowa, and second in Wyoming. Apparently polls aren’t just out of hand before the vote — to some here and elsewhere, they’re actually more meaningful than the vote. Absurd. :)
Big stretch there feller. He gives an analysis w/o an endorsement. And, he left out the most conservative guy. That will be changing.
Oops! I meant to say Qwinn, with a “W”.
I was referring to his line about Joe Isuzu Romney.
See post 35 — Sowell is criticizing all the candidates. He notes that the discrepancy between Romney’s words and Romney’s record is a big problem.
we have a weak field! what can I say?
Bush was for all kinds of “compassionate” conservatism, big spending, kissing up to Mexico, provided late night talk shows with scores of embarrassing Bushisms...and yet he somehow managed to win and get re-elected.
Coming from Sowell, I am thrilled to see he supports Romney.
Yes we all know there is no perfect conservative candidate this cycle. Of those that are viable, Romney is the most conservative.
We’re not joining your Borg collective.
Good article. I support Thompson but have been somewhat disappointed with his sometimes incoherent and rambling ways and worry about what that means in the general election. Romney is smooth and smart...very smart. I could see him cleaning Hillary or Obama’s clock in debates and presentations, whereas Fred leaves me wondering sometimes. I’m not overly enthusiastic with Romney’s flips and flops but at least he’s flipping in the right direction at this time and I could support him in the general. Huckabee and McCain are the ones I want knocked out now. Huckabee because he’s a sure loser, and McCain because the country is the sure loser with his immigration policies.
It’s getting chin-deep in here.
You may think that Fred stands no chance getting the nomination, (I don't share your obviously nonpartisan opinion /s), but Mitt's no shoe-in yet, either.