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Without Thompson, A Boring GOP Field
RearClearPolitics ^ | January 27, 2008 | David Broder

Posted on 01/27/2008 10:43:45 PM PST by gpapa

WASHINGTON -- You would never realize how big the stakes are in Tuesday's winner-take-all Florida Republican primary if you judged only the behavior of the leading presidential candidates these last few days.

Their final pre-primary debate was bland to the point of apathy. Mitt Romney, John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee and even iconoclastic Ron Paul were on their best behavior -- as if oblivious to what the 57 delegates available in Florida could mean to anyone who pulls out a plurality victory.

A win could establish either McCain or Romney as the man to beat in the massive round of Feb. 5 primaries. It could launch Giuliani into a late rush for the nomination, wiping out his weak showing in the earlier contests. And an upset by Huckabee would force an upper revision in his prospects, which have been diminished since he surprised the field in Iowa.

But their televised confrontation in Boca Raton on Thursday was haunted by the spirit of the departed Fred Thompson. It was as if the actor and former senator had left a blanket of boredom behind when he exited the race after finishing third behind McCain and Huckabee in South Carolina.

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


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections; fred; fredthompson; mccain; romney
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To: Reagan Man
Sam Brownback's FAILING immigration report card.
 
51 posted on 01/28/2008 8:18:40 AM PST by counterpunch (Mike Huckabee — The Religious Wrong)
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To: counterpunch

Look, you posted a list of names and made a charge that wasn’t true about several of those names. Period!


52 posted on 01/28/2008 8:20:19 AM PST by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: Reagan Man

Doesn’t it bother anyone that the powers that be have thrown all the conservatives out of the race; and New York is actually suing to remove these guys from the ballot?

They are actually denying us the vote; while expecting us to vote for their set up candidates.

I am furious.


53 posted on 01/28/2008 8:20:48 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: freekitty

The choices are very ugly this time around. The fact we conservatives are left without a candidate to support is very frustrating, but that is politics.


54 posted on 01/28/2008 8:24:40 AM PST by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: counterpunch
Republicans are waking up to the fact that McCain is our Hillary, Romney is our Obama, and Huckabee is our Edwards. Just like the Democrat race, the GOP race has come down to the broken Washington establishment candidate vs. the outsider advocating change, with a southern populist spoiler who doesn’t know when to drop out thrown in.

You nailed it. Well said.
55 posted on 01/28/2008 8:26:46 AM PST by mysterio
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To: Reagan Man

Two names out of 13.
All the rest are pro-amnesty.
Olympia Snow and Susan Collins is on the list.
What more needs to be said?

I can’t believe you can sit here an defend McCain and his Gang of Cohorts.
This is John Kerry’s first choice for VP we’re talking about here.
John Kerry!

Bill Clinton has even said there is little difference between Hillary and John McCain.
Pull your head out of your ass, man!


56 posted on 01/28/2008 8:28:05 AM PST by counterpunch (Mike Huckabee — The Religious Wrong)
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To: Reagan Man

You can’t mean what you said? “but that is politics”.

You mean, you want the conservative vote just wiped out pretty as you please?


57 posted on 01/28/2008 8:33:11 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: counterpunch

LOL You still haven’t grown up. I’m not defending McCain.

In the first three names you mentioned, you lied about Coburn, Burr and Brownback being pro-amnesty. They did not vote for the June 2007 comprehensive immigration reform package proposed by McCain, Kennedy and backed by Bush 43. The same basic liberal reform bill that Romney backed in 2005.

Bottom line. The four remaining GOP candidates are worthless. They do not represent conservatism and none deserve the nomination. McCain is just as bad as Romney, Huckabee and Giuliani. Not a conservative in the bunch.


58 posted on 01/28/2008 8:38:41 AM PST by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: Reagan Man

Conservatives back Romney over McCain by 15 points.
When Romney talks about conservatives, he says “we”.
When McCain talks about conservatives, he says “they”.


59 posted on 01/28/2008 8:42:21 AM PST by counterpunch (Mike Huckabee — The Religious Wrong)
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To: Clara Lou

LOL Look at my home page Fredrick was my Pathetic senator like our other pathetic one the party adored Bill Frist. Remember Frist dontcha? The senator who used Hillary Clintons plan and called it Medicare reform? Ron Paul has signs up in Tennessee. Fred did not. Many it seems were suckered into the great RINO trap. A GOP liberal choice only in 2008 so says the POTUS. Fred was a good Republican and played along too LOL. Reality was Fred would have had problems even in Tennessee based on HIS previous record in office. Somebody painted the RINO gray and demanded everyone call him a perfect elephant instead. Fred never was in the race he was a planned distraction and nothing more.


60 posted on 01/28/2008 8:43:22 AM PST by cva66snipe (Proud Partisan Constitution Supporting Conservative to which I make no apologies for nor back down)
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To: freekitty
>>>>>You can’t mean what you said?

Sure do. "The choices are very ugly this time around. The fact we conservatives are left without a candidate to support is very frustrating, but that is politics."

You can be as furious as you want. NY is a liberal state controlled by the Democrats and they will make any effort to undermine Republicans and conservatives. What did you expect, peaches and cream? If you can't stand the heat of politics, don't get involved.

61 posted on 01/28/2008 8:46:45 AM PST by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: gpapa

Although I think the “Fred could win a brokered convention” meme is impossible, I do wish other GOP voters could see that they lost their best candidate when Fred dropped out. Pearls before swine, I guess...


62 posted on 01/28/2008 8:49:19 AM PST by DesScorp
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To: counterpunch

I don’t care who the polls say conservatives are backing and I don’t give a rats ass who you support either.

There isn’t a conservative left in the GOP field -— Romney, McCain, Huckabee, Giuliani -— moderates and liberals, phonies and liars.

None of those four will get my support.


63 posted on 01/28/2008 8:50:40 AM PST by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: Reagan Man

Well you can’t win them all.
Hillary thanks you, though.
I can hear her cackling now...


64 posted on 01/28/2008 8:54:05 AM PST by counterpunch (Mike Huckabee — The Religious Wrong)
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To: counterpunch

You’re as ignorant and juvenile as you’ve ever been.

Carry on.


65 posted on 01/28/2008 8:55:51 AM PST by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: ItsForTheChildren

“Sure. Now, everybody loves Fred.”

I know, it’s so frustrating he’s getting all this great coverage now that he quit.


66 posted on 01/28/2008 9:18:26 AM PST by chickpundit (www.punditchick.com)
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To: gpapa

Fred was my choice.

There was a lot of long, hard work to do, but Fred ultimately decided to be the “last to arrive and the first to leave.” This is no winning formula for anything worth fighting for in life. And make no mistake, America is worth fighting for.

It didn’t seem to me his heart was ever really in the Presidential race. I wish him the best.


67 posted on 01/28/2008 9:31:22 AM PST by Lions Gate
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To: Reagan Man

Well, Mr. Know It All; it’s because of people like you who blindly follow what they are told to do and smuggly assert that everyone else should just bow out is the reason we are in the mess we are in.

Just keep voting those RINOS in and you will, of course, drag the rest of us down with you.

Someday, I hope you will put to use the few brains God gave you and do the right thing.


68 posted on 01/28/2008 9:40:44 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Reagan Man

“FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don’t vote for liberals”

The heck they don’t. You are living proof of it.


69 posted on 01/28/2008 9:42:18 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Reagan Man

“There isn’t a conservative left in the GOP field -— Romney, McCain, Huckabee, Giuliani -— moderates and liberals, phonies and liars.”

Atleast, you are on the right track here.


70 posted on 01/28/2008 9:43:26 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: freekitty
WTF are you babbling about.

I suggest you get back on your MEDS, ASAP

71 posted on 01/28/2008 9:45:26 AM PST by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: 1066AD

PMSNBC was promoting Mitt because he is not electible—by far the most questions and the most facetime.

Hunter/Thompson/Huckabee cleaned Slick Mitt’s clock in earlier debates.


72 posted on 01/28/2008 9:45:38 AM PST by FreedomProtector
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To: Reagan Man

As usual, when you have nothing to say; you have to say a person needs meds.

You are pitiful and I might add not very smart.


73 posted on 01/28/2008 9:51:06 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Past Your Eyes
I’ll be sure and always check with you from now on to find out what REAL conservatives should be thinking and doing.

There are those who think a liberal can be made into a conservative by simply repeating that he is over and over and over again. There is dishonesty in their argument and it damages what we believe in if they succeed in historical revisionism and in redefining conservatism itself.

My criticism is not directed at those who argue for their candidate based on honest assessment and presentation of his record, policies, and statements. Even though a candidate falls short as a conservative, conservatives who believe they must make a choice can still argue why they believe their choice is the best we can get based on what we've got. Others may disagree with their assessment, but they are at least presenting their case from a position of reasoned opinion and personal honesty.

Past that, we will inevitably confront the issue of whether or not we should participate in lesser of evils voting and I think we can argue with honesty and honor from both sides of that one, too.

But there is no honor or honesty in revising or redefining a candidate into the conservative he is not in an attempt to make him more palatable to others or to justify a decision to oneself. There are now no clear paths to a positive outcome in this election, but settling into denial is not the answer.

74 posted on 01/28/2008 11:09:48 AM PST by Route66 (America's Main Street - - - Conservative Candidate Wanted... Conservative resume required.)
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To: Aria
"I don’t know what SC voters were thinking."


Apparently, the cross-overs were thinking, "McCain."

For the life of me, I don't know why all primaries aren't closed.

75 posted on 01/28/2008 12:43:15 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: All

I’m so disgusted by the whole thing that I will not vote in the primary now. And since I live in Maryland... there is no point in voting in the general election either.


76 posted on 01/29/2008 6:33:26 AM PST by aj7360
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To: gpapa
Without Thompson, A Boring GOP Field

This doesn't make any sense. They all said Fred had no fire in the belly now it's boring without him. What the heck?

77 posted on 01/29/2008 6:44:54 AM PST by McGruff (I am against McCain more than I am for Romney.)
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To: gpapa

Yeah now they realize. Did you watch the Reagan Library Debate? “Horrible” is the only word that comes to mind.


78 posted on 02/03/2008 11:01:31 PM PST by Maelstorm ("Christ didn’t tell us to go to the government...He told us to do it." Fred Thompson)
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