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Remember, We're Choosing a President (Thomas Sowell: Romney most steady candidate in GOP field)
Real Clear Politics ^ | 01/08/08 | Thomas Sowell

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."

(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New Hampshire
KEYWORDS: 2008; elections; fredthompson; leadership; mccain; romney; sowell; thomassowell
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To: AKSurprise
You show me a where Fred rates in the Top 3, in any major state polls, and I’ll give you that one.

Um, you're kidding, right?

No? Okay. Well, that's easy, then. How about IOWA?

Qwinn

41 posted on 01/07/2008 10:55:13 PM PST by Qwinn
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To: WOSG

As a home schooler I know what you’re talking about. Huckabee is neither a conservative nor a friend to conservatives.


42 posted on 01/07/2008 10:55:36 PM PST by SatinDoll
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To: Theresawithanh

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.


43 posted on 01/07/2008 10:56:41 PM PST by AKSurprise (" Id rather get 80 percent of what I want than to go over the cliff with my flag flying." (Reagan))
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To: AKSurprise
Since my college days, I have been a fan of Thomas Sowell. I'm glad to see he likes my candidate.

It is high time conservatives realize it's Mitt and gather to support him! : )

44 posted on 01/07/2008 10:56:57 PM PST by TAdams8591 ((Mitt Romney '08, THE ONLY candidate who can defeat Giuliani and Hillary and Obama!))
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To: Qwinn

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!!


45 posted on 01/07/2008 10:58:08 PM PST by SatinDoll
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To: Qwinn

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. :)


46 posted on 01/07/2008 10:58:33 PM PST by ellery ("I like mandates!" - Mitt Romney, January 5, 2008)
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To: AKSurprise

Big stretch there feller. He gives an analysis w/o an endorsement. And, he left out the most conservative guy. That will be changing.


47 posted on 01/07/2008 10:58:47 PM PST by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: Qwinn

Oops! I meant to say Qwinn, with a “W”.


48 posted on 01/07/2008 10:59:34 PM PST by SatinDoll
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To: WOSG

I was referring to his line about Joe Isuzu Romney.


49 posted on 01/07/2008 11:00:14 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: John Valentine

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.


50 posted on 01/07/2008 11:00:46 PM PST by ellery ("I like mandates!" - Mitt Romney, January 5, 2008)
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To: Darkwolf377

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.


51 posted on 01/07/2008 11:01:44 PM PST by ari-freedom (If it makes sense, then it doesn't belong in our public schools.)
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To: redgirlinabluestate; La Enchiladita

Ping!


52 posted on 01/07/2008 11:01:56 PM PST by TAdams8591 ((Mitt Romney '08, THE ONLY candidate who can defeat Giuliani and Hillary and Obama!))
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To: Qwinn

...or Wyoming...


53 posted on 01/07/2008 11:02:28 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: AKSurprise

Coming from Sowell, I am thrilled to see he supports Romney.


54 posted on 01/07/2008 11:02:36 PM PST by ajay_kumar (United we win, divided democrats win. How difficult is that to understand?)
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To: ellery

Yes we all know there is no perfect conservative candidate this cycle. Of those that are viable, Romney is the most conservative.


55 posted on 01/07/2008 11:03:04 PM PST by AKSurprise (" Id rather get 80 percent of what I want than to go over the cliff with my flag flying." (Reagan))
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...
Good article by Dr. Sowell (who is not "endorsing" Romney, btw).
56 posted on 01/07/2008 11:03:29 PM PST by nutmeg (Imagine Hillary Clinton or Barack Hussein Obama as Commander-in-Chief.... {{shudder}})
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To: TAdams8591

We’re not joining your Borg collective.


57 posted on 01/07/2008 11:03:30 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: AKSurprise

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.


58 posted on 01/07/2008 11:04:16 PM PST by Azzurri
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To: AKSurprise

It’s getting chin-deep in here.


59 posted on 01/07/2008 11:04:45 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: AKSurprise
Mea maxima culpa, dude, or dudette, as the case may be. It was the garbage in the parentheses I should have inserted, instead of 'the most viable conservative candidate', which is what you put in your first post after you posted and misrepresented Sowell's column. That would be: (Thomas Sowell: Romney most steady candidate in GOP field)

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.

60 posted on 01/07/2008 11:05:52 PM PST by Theresawithanh (This is my tagline. FRED!!!!!!)
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