Tuesday, January 22, 2008

After Thompson

The fact that Fred Thompson has left the Republican race leaves conservatives without many good options to support. I suppose that the most conservative remaining candidate is Mitt Romney. I don’t see many people getting too excited about Romney, but at least his positions are somewhat conservative.

It is pretty depressing that Republicans failed to support the one conservative candidate in any significant numbers. Fred Thompson ran a very poor campaign—but his positions were far better than those of any other candidate. It makes one wonder how the voters in the early primary states decided who would receive their vote. Iowa seems to have given its votes to Huckabee since he was an evangelical, the reasoning behind New Hampshire’s embrace of McCain seemed due to large numbers of independents voting in the GOP primary, Mitt Romney’s well-timed pander to Michigan voters (a $20 billion stimulus plan for the auto industry) gave him Michigan (Mitt is not content to spend considerable amounts of his own fortune to get votes, he also must promise to supply voters with taxpayer money), and the reason South Carolina went for McCain is anyone’s guess. Apparently, the candidates’ positions on the issues are of secondary importance. This should forever lay to rest the idea that Republicans are somehow smarter than Democrats.

10 Comments:

At January 22, 2008 at 7:13 PM , Blogger Beth said...

Soapie had alerted me to an interesting article about the early primaries and how Independents and Democrats affected the Republican votes because they could vote Republican in the primaries. I had it posted to my blog, but I got rid of it because it doesn't much matter now, conservatives have no choice in our primaries or in November anymore.

 
At January 23, 2008 at 6:10 AM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

That there is so much discontent and demoralization within the party doesn't completely dismiss the rare possibility of a brokered convention. Were that to happen, it would leave it as anyone's guess who might come out the winner.

 
At January 23, 2008 at 10:35 AM , Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Danny,

I'm pretty pissed off myself, I think Fred should have stayed in the race till Feb 5 at least then see where he could have gone from there.

My primary is Feb. 5th and I think it's to late to take him off the ballot.

I am not real thrilled with any of the candidates, but I have to vote for who supports the Troops and National Security the most.

And I hate to say this but McCain was right about the surge, the war, and pretty much everything else. He sucks at home, but a warrior in the War on Terror and support's the Troops the most.

I dont know I'm so confused.

 
At January 23, 2008 at 2:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vote for Ron Paul, he's the man...

 
At January 24, 2008 at 8:35 AM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

Let me ask you a question Marie. What good is a foreign policy wonk if Domestically we're imploding?

Don't let McCain fool you into believing that he's some sort of Washington spending hawk. This is the same McCain that was chief author of an immigration bill which would have amounted to the largest welfare increase in 35 years which would have put the American taxpayer on the hook for an estimated $2.6 Trillion.

 
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