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calendar   Friday - March 21, 2008

OUR ELECTION CHOICES

With much thanks to Vilmar from whom I lifted this.
Thanks V.

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Somethin’ to take us into the wkend with.

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 03/21/2008 at 03:48 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - February 10, 2008

McCain wins Washington State?

While Mike Huckabee took Kansas and Louisiana, it looks like John McCain may get Washington. With 87% of the votes counted, McCain is ahead by 242 votes. Keep an eye on the news; it could still go either way.

Washington state has a population of six and a half million. Yet less than twelve thousand Republicans managed to take part in the caucus there? That’s not even 0.2%. Talk about a Blue State!

UPDATE ! ! !

a) I fixed the decimal point. I can do math, but I can’t always type.

b)



UpcHuckabee calls Shennanigans on Washington




Just in case you’ve forgotten the electoral nonsense that went on in Washinton the last two times around, it looks like it may be going on again. I guess there is still some greasy dirt in the political machine up there. Business as usual, but I for one am sick to death of it.

Mike Huckabee is challenging the results of the Washington state Republican caucuses, his campaign announced Sunday, after accusing the state party chairman of calling the election for John McCain before all the votes were counted.

The campaign will be pursuing a full investigation, including sending in lawyers to join those already on the scene in the state, officials told FOX News.

Washington State Republican Party Chairman Luke Esser announced late Saturday that McCain had won the 2008 Republican caucuses in the state with 87.2 percent of precincts reporting. McCain had 25.5 percent over Huckabee’s 23.7 percent in that race.

Esser issued a statement congratulating McCain on a “hard-fought win,” and Huckabee on a “strong second-place finish.”

Ed Rollins, Huckabee campaign chairman, directly challenged Esser’s move, saying the count was incomplete because the other 12.8 percent of precincts could tip the scales since McCain was beating Huckabee by only a couple hundred votes.

“The chairman showed very bad judgment in stopping the voting last night when announcing John McCain had won, when there was less than a 200-vote margin between the two candidates,” Rollins told FOX News in an exclusive interview. “You never announce a vote, in my 40 years of politics, I have never know anybody to announce a vote count before the vote is counted.”

Ok, you and I both now he meant counting when he said, or the media reported him saying, voting. Excitement of the moment I guess. Cut him a little slack.

Folks, to me this is very similar to the legal concept of Chain of Evidence. Once the voting is done, and the ballots are collected, then the counting starts. Right then and there, with lots of witnesses. And when the ballot boxes are opened, either digitally or physically, the count continues until every last vote is counted. Every. Last. Vote. Any paper ballots that have been screwed up, chewed up, bent, folded, mutilated, multi-voted, or chadded get rejected with the approval of a committee comprised of people from both sides of the issue, then immediately destroyed in front of witnesses. YOU DO NOT COUNT MOST OF THE VOTES, THEN GO HOME UNTIL MONDAY.

Esser should be fired, along with his top staff. The Washington vote should be declared void. Tough reaction? Tough Shit. Do it right, or it doesn’t count. It’s not like they couldn’t find a second shift of people to come in and finish the job if the first shift of counters were tired.

PS - This has nothing to do with HuckleberryBee. Or McStain. My gripe is with the process. Dirty politics is more than dirty politicians. It’s dirty henchmen in the back rooms doing naughty things nobody can see. “Finding” and “losing” boxes of votes, not keeping the registry up to date, etc. Their existance is a huge affront to the entire concept of America. Election cheaters and “machine operators” should be punished by public flogging and branding.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/10/2008 at 11:37 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - February 07, 2008

Mitt to Quit

Mitt Romney is dropping out of the GOP race. Expect the speech at today’s CPAC; should be around 12:50pm Eastern. It is expected that he will endorse McCain .

Damnation.

UPDATE 1:09PM

“It’s not only about me ... in this time of war I feel I need to now stand aside”. Mitt has given up.

But what a Mitt!! Where has this guy been hiding? If you missed his speech go find it on YouTube or wherever. Wow. Laura Ingrahm said she didn’t want to “calm down”, then introduced him as a “Conservative’s Conservative” ... and away he went ...

“I fear America will become the 21st century’s France” ... chastity, not promiscuity ... welfare reform ... marriage amendment ... America is a faith based culture ... europe is a demographic nightmare ... family values ... prosperity and security equal energy technology and that means nukes and gasified coal ... freedom must not be held hostage to Achmedinijad ... cut government spending, entitlements, high taxes ..."take a weed-whacker to entitlements and government unions” ... jihad is the #1 world threat; for them democracy is blasphemy ... Clinton slashed the military and said we’d get a peace dividend; we got the dividend but not the peace” ... raise veteran benefits ... Hillary and Obama will retreat and allow defeat ... “

... and the crowd went wild.

I think he has laid down a challenge for McCain here. If Johnny Boy backs off from these points he knows he’s going to lose the base.

Hmmm ... on the other hand, Mitt didn’t say a single word about building the fence or border security. Crap.

UPDATED UPDATE 2:10PM

Hannity on FoxNews - “usually when a primary candidate gets the final nod he tries to move towards center. McCain is going to have to move to the right to try and keep the base.” Yeah, but will he? And will the base believe him?

Via the Rott - CPAC instructs convention goers to NOT boo McCain. Maverick is scheduled to speak to them at 3pm Eastern. Hmmph, good thing I’m not at CPAC.

UPDATED UPDATED UPDATE 3:50PM - Drew tries his hand at live blogging. I never knew I could type so fast! “C&O” means Clinton & Obama.  McCain’s intro and his talk to CPAC ....

Sen Coburn (R-OK) intro - courage is what matters in Washington. no battle plan survives first contact with the enemy. Anything that sends chills down the spine of Washington should warm the hearts of voters ... McCain was only 1 of 11 to fight the Bridge To Nowhere ... war on pork, no earmarks, new prescription drug entitlement (Medicare part B) McCain voted against it. Most conservative health care plan, will fight H&Os plan. He has taken stances we don’t like - spins it as pork fighting. bork, thomas, roberts, owens .. mcC will support conservative judges. Immigration - he listened and learned and decided Conservs were right. McCain-Fiengold misdiagnosed things, though his desire to corral corruption was correct. Terrorism and malspending Congress are the 2 issues McCain will support ... pro life blah blah. Most qualified for national security. Elections are about choices - happy to debate those who think H or O would be better than McC. Embrace a heritage of sacrifice ... welcome soon to be president Sen. John McCain!

audience - mixed cheers & jeers, some applause, some yelling. Goes on for a couple minutes while McCain stands at the podium.

3:23pm McCain says thank you about 100 times while audience noise continues ... I haven’t been here in a little while *joke cuz he’s dissed em forever* - I was preoccupied trying not to be the GOP frontrunner back then, I’ve got it now and wouldd prefer to hold onto it a little while. I talked with Gov Romney; we agreed to sit down together and agree on the importance to unify the party. Campaign based on Conservative principles. Huckabee is a great and fine man I also know ... I’d be honored and deeply humbled to receive the nomination of my party ... I have a responsibility to unite the party ... I can’t succeed in that endeavor w/o the support of dedicated Conservatives. Many of you disagree strongly with some of my positions. I respect that. I hope you’ll allow that I’ve maintained the record of a conservative. If not (shrugs) thanks for the opp to make my case today. Liberty is a right conferred by our Creator not by governments. The proper object of justice is not to aggregate power to the state but to protect the people. In 1975 Reagan said a party cant be all things to all people. I was still in the USN when Reagan did Shining City on the Hill speech. I am proud to have come to power as a foot soldier .. I have not forgotten my political heritage; I’m as proud of it now as I was then.

My record is mainstream conservative: Small goverment, fiscal discipline, strong defense, good judges, social values, Defense of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as given to the born AND THE UNBORN. These are my beliefs. Take added comfort on the positions I have defended - no farm subsidies, against big gov health care, for tax incentives in Michigan, in FL against the Natural Catastrophic (bill), was against Medicare Part B. I argued to make Bush cuts perm, cut corp tax, abolish AMT that threatens 25 million families. I am pro 2A - against waiting periods, AWB, gun company lawsuits. 24 year pro-life record. Defended W’s long overdue decision to increase troops for the surge. I hold these positions cuz I believe they were in the best interests of my country.

On the issue of illegal immigration (major BOOS from audience, last nearly a minute, turns to cheers) which still provokes outspoken opposition. I was genuine, but I failed to convince Americans of that. I accept that. It is among my highest priorites to secure our borders first (cheers) and only after would we address other aspects of the problem in a way that follows the rule of law. Examine my record - I am not in the habit of making promises I do not intend to keep. If I get the nomination, I will offer Americans a clearly Conservative approach to governing. I will not obscure my positions from those who might not agree with them. I know that you know that elections are fought within margins of small differences. This one will not be. The Dems will govern in the ways of days gone by ... days when we averted our eyes to dangers abroad ... this election will be about big things. I intend to reduce the size of the federal government. I will not sign a bill with earmarks in it. ANY earmarks in it. I will fight for the line item veto, not permit expansion of any entitlement programs that are bankrupting us - au contraire, I will reform them. C&O will raise your taxes. I will cut them - step 1: Bush cuts permanent. Cut Corp tax from 35 to 25%. End AMT. Won’t let dem congress raise your taxes and choke the growht of your economy. Will approach health care with free market solutions. I will appoint judges who have proven trustworthy who enforce the laws, not legislate from the bench like H&O will do. C&O will withdraw forces based on timetable based on political expediency regardless. I intend to win the war and trust in our commanders there.

My friends, we share the grief over the terrible losses we have suffered in the persecution of this war. But pulling out would be worse. I will not allow that to happen. (big cheers and chanting). Those Senators won’t recognize the threat of Iran. I will not permit an Iran that espouses death to Israel and USA. H&O say we are responsible for WoT. I will defeat the threat by staying on offense ... free people against those who despise us. I promise to contest these issues from Conservative stance and keep this country safe prosperous and free.

We’ve had a few disagreements ... I will seek the counsel from my fellow Conservatives. If I’m convinced I’m wrong I’ll change my stance. We share a conception of Liberty that is the bedrock of Conservatives. My love of liberty is the equal of any Americans ... deep and unwavering. At the core of my convictions I am pro-life and an advocate of the rights of man. I promise you - our liberty will not be nibbled away bit by bit. For all my reputation as a maverick, I’ve only found true happiness by serving a greater cause - our country and what makes us great. I will never tire of serving her and I can’t do that without your council and support. Thank you and God bless you.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/07/2008 at 12:42 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - February 03, 2008

3 days to save the republic?

Ann lets fly on Niel Cavuto’s show, continues her ballistic rant on McCain. If the Skipper was still with us, he be getting all worked up ... looks to me like she’s finally put on a couple pounds and her hair looks fabulous, even if the cut is a bit choppy in the front. Sorry Skip, no leg shots in this bit of video.

I don’t want to keep posting on this subject, but the ruckus is still going on. At this point all I can say is: do you research and vote for the better leading candidate in your primary. After that, if things turn out the way Ann envisions, then you’ve got to make up your mind. I honestly thought I’d go GOP no matter what, but I’ve read some more things since last night, and I’m right back to not knowing what I’ll do come November. It’s one thing to be loyal to your party, but what do you do if the party’s final candidate really doesn’t even pretend to carry any parts of the plank? Are all bets off then?






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a little update ... some notes from Misha, including McCain haiku:

Whining RINO shills

Handing me a shit sandwich

And I am quite full.

Need more “proof”? McCain gets the endorsement from the LA Times. West Coast Kiss o’ Death? Do you smell a rat in there somewhere perhaps?

Holding on to hope, Romney wins the Maine Caucus.

A deal is a deal? Interesting theory from Daily Pundit.


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And I really hope that this is all I have to say about that.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/03/2008 at 11:27 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - February 02, 2008

Crivens, Part III - Tis a heavy thing, tae be under a geas

As usual, Rachel Lucas weighs in with some fine writing and delivers a WAKE UP slapdown to the VRWC anti-McCain temper tantrum of this past week. As usual she gets linked from Instapundit, and as usual Bill Whittle provides a really insightful comment.

Damn, I am so jealous. I want to be an internet insider too. Maybe if I was a better writer, or could at least generate some original content. Oh well, I’m just getting started with this bloggy stuff, so give me time.



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I had the thought last night that the rabid reaction to McCain this week was akin to the piercing of a boil that has been growing for a long time. A very long time. All the way back to the 1972 oil embargo and the USA “losing” the Vietnam War (after our troops won every single major engagement they fought in and Nixon gave us Peace With Honor and brought the troops home). Frustrations and disappointment with a government that kept moving to the left and acting weak. Living through the embarrassment of Carter and the hostage crisis and his malaise speech (written by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews). It’s been a tough lifetime to be a Conservative in.

Sure, things were looking up when Reagan was in office. But let’s not forget the reality - that the media hammered him 24/7. That his economic policies - Reaganomics - would never work. That he was driving the nation into irreversible debt. That he was bringing on Armageddon and was going to get us all killed in a nuclear holocaust. That old folks, poor folks, and minorities would be left to starve. That he hated gays and thought they deserved the AIDS epidemic. A huge part of the population thought he was nuts. I knew people who were thrilled when he was shot, after being in office only a couple months. The far left was unhinged then too. Yet the economy moved into high gear and he was reelected in 1984. It took the media and the pundits nearly two decades to realize that he was one of our greatest Presidents ever, two decades during which your pointing out this now accepted wisdom got you labeled as a crackpot. Even when the poor old man left this mortal coil, the newsies were just about bleeding through their eyes because they were forced to say something nice about him.

1988 brought us George H.W. Bush and his “kinder and gentler nation” approach. Reagan-lite. 1991 seemed to be the peak of it all, with the decisive campaign in the Persian Gulf War. That was an amazing victory, but I remember screaming at my TV for them to finish the job and oust Hussein. Didn’t happen. After that it seemed like Mr. Bush just coasted along. He just wasn’t trying. And that brought us to the Clinton Years. Weakness followed weakness. And it became popular.

I’m not going to write about the Clintons. If you lived through it as a Conservative, then you know. Let’s just say that it wasn’t a happy time. And somehow, at the end, after all the scandals and disgraces and foolish policy, after all the dirty money schemes and corruption, we came to the 2000 election of Bush vs Gore. And the dishonorable fiasco of “chad”.

The past 7 years have been brutal. BDS on a daily basis. The War On Terror where “you’re either with us, or with the terrorists”, but we don’t seem to be fighting it that hard. Seriously. Yes, our troops are doing a superb job, and I love them for it. But they only go where they’re told to, and they do what they’re told to. From my Conservative viewpoint, the GWoT has been a rather weak willed affair. Remember Fallujah? “Fallujah delenda est”? I would have bombed the place flat in a day as an object lesson. Nope, that fight got put on hold for months. Until just after the next election. Amazing coincidence. Palestine? A weekend for the Marines, and it’s over. Forever. Nope. Instead we now have Condi doing her damnedest to give away the entire nation of Israel so that Bush II can have some kind of “peace legacy”. Like I said, there have been a lot of frustrations as everything has shifted to the left and the will of our leaders has leaked away. I’ll toss in the MSM, “fake but accurate”, bloggers in pajamas, and all the defeatist, treasonous diatribes by Harry Reid and Keith Olbermann and hundreds more like them. Theirs is the “popular wisdom” we’re up against every day. Being a Conservative has not been good for the blood pressure. Take it from me, I live in New Jersey. It really sucks being a Republican these days.

Now we come down to this election cycle. All of the Republican hoped-fors never even made it into the ring. Remember when we thought Colin Powell would make a wise, strong president? Remember when Condi came on the scene and we were all so very impressed by her intelligence and strengths? Neither one turned out to be what we thought. With no clear successor to Mr. Bush available, we went into this cycle (insanely early IMO, which only adds to the stress) with perhaps the biggest group of hopefuls ever. And at this point every single one of the real Conservatives has dropped out. Tancredo was for securing the borders but he turned out to be “a one note pony”. Hunter. Thompson. The other Thompson. All gone. Guiliani, gone. Huckabee, soon to fall off the edge and disappear. Ron Paul, who has some great ideas rattling around in his belfry but can’t express them without sounding unhinged. All the men we felt would stand up for What Is Right ... gone. It’s terrible. So we’re left with two choices: a left leaning RINO who might be crazy, who seems to have a huge amount of left wing money and staff, who has given us some of the worst legislation in modern history, and whom we do not at all believe has seen the light on illegal immigration. And then there’s oily Mitt Romney. Of the two, it looks to me like Mitt is “the lesser of two weevils” and that also adds to the frustration. I didn’t want to have to make that kind of choice this time. Not again. And now McCain, the current media darling, has opened up a modest lead in the primaries. One state. Which means, if you listen to the MSM and their Poll-A-Minute, that it’s all over, and he is the de facto nominee.

Horseshit.

But that horseshit may have been the pin that popped the balloon, the scalpel that lanced the boil. And all the puss and hot air has just burst out. We’ve all had our crazy moment now. Me too! Now I think we’re all feeling a bit better (I’m very glad that nobody is threatening to move to Canada. At least we’re not that stupid), so let’s get back to getting the job done. I’m going to push for Mitt now because I feel I have no other choice. He does have a lot of good qualities, and he has some good positions I can get behind. He isn’t perfect, but neither am I. So I’ll get on board.

And if Super Tuesday turns out to be All Johnny, All The Time, then I’ll have another conniption, but only for a short while because I can see it coming. Then I’ll join the (gag) Straight Talk Express and do what I can. Because, whatever else may be wrong with him, John McCain will not cave on the War on Terror, and those two on the other side - the Socialist and the Anti-Christ - will. Every other issue we can survive, work around, and correct later on. We can not give in to the islamofascists, ever. And that alone will make me vote for McCain if I have to in November.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/02/2008 at 11:50 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - January 29, 2008

FL goes to McCain

With 67% of the votes counted now, McCain is up by about 64,000 votes out of a bit more than a million counted so far. Fox News and others are making the call.

Should we all start taking spanish lessons?

PS - And how about those Paulbots? For months now not a website could run a poll or make a comment against him without getting swamped ... and he gets 3% in Florida. I think I know why ... all the Paulbots are only 11 years old.

PPS - McCain’s modest “I won I won I won! neener neener neener!” speach (who me, sarcastic?) mentions that he’s been on the campaign trail for 18 months now. The election is a week more than 8 months away. So it will be a campaign of 26 months and then some; more than 2 full years. This is wrong people, just wrong. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/29/2008 at 09:38 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - January 15, 2008

South Carolinia is in the Sights

According to the new Rasmussen poll, Fred is is a statistical dead heat with Romney and Huck.

Over the past several days, the only real movement in South Carolina’s Republican Presidential Primary has been a four-point gain for Fred Thompson and a five-point decline for Mike Huckabee.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows McCain at 28%, Huckabee at 19%, Mitt Romney at 17%, and Fred Thompson at 16%. Rudy Giuliani and Ron Paul are tied with 5% support.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/15/2008 at 11:26 AM   
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calendar   Friday - January 11, 2008

Fred Gets Human Events Endorsment

HUMAN EVENTS Endorses Fred Thompson

The 2008 presidential election is the most unusual and most important in many years. It’s been more than five decades since such a race didn’t feature an incumbent President or Vice President. Since World War II, America has not had a presidential election at a time when the stakes were higher. Conservatives have to win this election, and to do so, we have to identify a candidate around whom we all can rally.

Fundamental Beliefs

We begin by recalling the profound words of Ronald Reagan at the Conservative Political Action Conference Feb. 15, 1975: “A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency or simply to swell its numbers.” We believed that then, and we believe it now. The issue for us—and for the conservative community—boils down to which of the candidates is most representative of the fundamental conservative principles we believe in. The answer is Fred Thompson.

To reach that conclusion, we looked closely at the former Tennessee senator and his opponents to judge whether they measure up to conservative standards. Some come close, and others clearly do not.

FRED!

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/11/2008 at 04:56 PM   
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calendar   Friday - January 04, 2008

I’m puzzled…

Received this in my email today.

Ohioans for Mitt go North! Join our Bus Caravan While Seats Last!!!!

We want to help our neighbors to the north elect the next President of the United States!  We are joining volunteers from all across the country going to early primary states to help get out the vote!

The Romney Express (a chartered bus) will leave Cincinnati early morning on Saturday, January 12th with stops in Columbus and Toledo to pick up more volunteers. Our focus will be helping Mitt Romney achieve victory in the Michigan Primary on January 15th. A tired, yet motivated busload of volunteers will return on Wednesday, January 16th.

Details as to exact times of departure, deployment stations, and accommodations will follow, but right now we want to be sure there is room on that bus for you! The bus and lodging is being furnished by the Romney Campaign; volunteers will be asked to cover their own meals.

Each of us can help—whether we walk door to door, make phone calls, or aid in getting voters to the polls, so please don’t hang back if walking is not your thing!

Please email back that you can be part of this historic effort!  And watch for more details to follow!

All the Best,

David Gallagher

Ohio Romney for President Director

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I’ve two problems here. One is that, while I’d subscribed to all of the Republican candidates’ email updates, I’ve since sent ‘unsubscribe’ to all of them. Romney included. OK. This is the Ohio Romney people, they obviously didn’t get the message. But…

Two… just how does a Romney Express in OHIO help in the MICHIGAN primary? I don’t get it. And what’s so ‘historic’ about a Presidential candidate scrounging for votes? And, will the Romney Express tour MICHIGAN in March to influence the OHIO primary?  crazy 


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 01/04/2008 at 03:07 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - December 19, 2007

New Fred Thompson Ad

via RightWingNews

Heh.

Not official, of course, but should be.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/19/2007 at 02:06 PM   
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calendar   Friday - December 14, 2007

Standing Up To Stupid

You all have seen the clip by now.  The one of Fred standing up to Nurse Ratchet when she asks for a “show of hands” about global warming.  If not, here it is:

Here’s a transcript of the exchange:

CAROLYN WASHBURN: I want to take on a new issue. I would like to see a show of hands. How many of you believe global climate change is a serious threat and caused by human activity?

FRED THOMPSON: I’m not doing…

(CROSSTALK)

THOMPSON: I’m not doing hand-shows today.

WASHBURN: No hand-shows today?

THOMPSON: No hand-shows.

(CROSSTALK)

WASHBURN: And so, does that mean—is that yes or no for you? Do you believe that global climate change is a serious threat and caused by human activity?

THOMPSON: Well, you want to give me a minute to answer that?

WASHBURN: No, I don’t.

THOMPSON: Well, then I’m not going to answer it.

(LAUGHTER)

WASHBURN: OK.

(APPLAUSE)

MITT ROMNEY: How about 30 seconds?

WASHBURN: No. You know…

THOMPSON: You want a show of hands. I’m not giving it to you.

It was a turning-point for Fred in many eyes, even those at NRO.  Here is what Byron York had to say:

Fred Thompson’s performance at the Des Moines Register Republican debate here in Iowa Wednesday left some supporters — the kind who were enthusiastic early on but who have grown skeptical as his campaign has stumbled — wondering to themselves: Could he still be the best guy, after all that’s happened? As the debate unfolded, there were moments when some of those loyalists began to think the answer might be yes — in spite of everything.

Something has happened to Thompson in recent weeks. Yes, his schedule is still astonishingly light for a presidential candidate. And yes, he sometimes still underwhelms audiences. But in the last month or so Thompson has acted like a man who has been liberated from something. And that is what voters saw on stage Wednesday: a presidential candidate who has declared himself fully free of the stupid stuff one has to do to become president of the United States.

If you’re going to ask Fred Thompson to participate in a grade-school show of hands, or demand that he sign a pledge, or insist that he speak emotionally and at length about how much his religious faith means to him, well, you can just forget it. He’s not gonna do it.

The audience loved it. Thompson, and Thompson alone, had stood up to the silliness that can characterize even self-styled serious-minded debates like the one conducted by the Register. Thompson scored again when he made effective points about entitlement reform, about the role of the National Education Association in blocking education reform, and about presidential leadership. His performance was so good that it underscored what has been, until recently, one particularly strange irony of this campaign. The showbiz guy is one of the best candidates when it comes to substance. He just had trouble selling the product.

Not on Wednesday. After the debate, Thompson’s strategists were elated. But the question remains: If Thompson has arrived, if he has indeed raised his game, is it too late for it to do any good?

I don’t think so.  Fred has always said that he doesn’t have to win Iowa to be competative, just come in the top three.  I believe that is true.  People are already becoming campaign-weary, and we’re a year away from the elections.

FRED!!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/14/2007 at 09:30 AM   
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calendar   Monday - December 03, 2007

Huckabee on Immigration

Via Rob at Say Anything

Here’s a video of Mike Huckabee talking with George Stephanopoulos about illegal immigration:



Notice that he supports tuition subsidies for the children of illegas as well as opposes proof of citizenship for voting.

I have had many people emailing me about supporting Huck, but I can’t do it.  Anyone who takes these types of positions on illegals cannot be our president in my opinion.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/03/2007 at 01:35 PM   
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calendar   Monday - November 26, 2007

Fox and Fred

From The Hill.

Thompson charges Fox News is biased against his campaign

Former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) suggested on Sunday that Fox News is biased against his campaign, charging that the network highlights commentators who have been critical of his run for the presidency.

In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace pressed Thompson on how some conservatives have lambasted Thompson’s campaign and showed clips of Fox conservative commentators Charles Krauthammer and Fred Barnes criticizing the former senator.

Thompson said, “This has been a constant mantra of Fox, to tell you the truth.” He noted that other conservatives have praised his bid for the GOP nomination and took issue with a Fox promo that focused on polling in New Hampshire, where Thompson is registering in the single digits.

He said he is running second in national polls and has been leading or tied for the lead in South Carolina for “a long, long time.”

Thompson, in a firm, but measured tone, scolded Wallace: “...for you to highlight nothing but the negatives in terms of the polls and then put on your own guys who have been predicting for four months, really, that I couldn’t do it, kind of skew things a little bit. There’s a lot of other opinion out there.”

John Hawkins supposes it might be because the inside-the-beltway Republicans are all of the mind that you have to be more in the middle to win elections, which I think is possible.  More than likely, the pundits have all decided who they like, or who they think has the most likely chance of winning and cannot fathom a come-from-behind pull for Fred, but I think differently.  I believe that the national polls are more correct in saying that we the people want someone of his stripe who will move the political landscape more to the right and not compromise.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/26/2007 at 12:54 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - November 21, 2007

Fred on Heller

Fred speaks out about the Supreme Court taking on the Heller case.

I’ve always understood the Second Amendment to mean what it says – it guarantees a citizen the right to “keep and bear” firearms, and that’s why I’ve been supportive of the National Rifle Association’s efforts to have the DC law overturned.

In general, lawful gun ownership is a pretty simple matter. The Founders established gun-owner rights so that citizens would possess and be able to exercise the universal right of self-defense. Guns enable their owners to protect themselves from robbery and assault more successfully and more safely than they otherwise would be able to. The danger of laws like the D.C. handgun ban is that they limit the availability of legal guns to people who want to use them for legitimate reasons, such as self-defense (let alone hunting, sport shooting, collecting), while doing nothing to prevent criminals from acquiring guns.

The D.C. handgun ban, like all handgun bans is necessarily ineffectual. It takes the guns that would be used for self protection out of the hands of law-abiding citizens, while doing practically nothing to prevent criminals from obtaining guns to use to commit crimes. Even the federal judges in the D.C. case knew about the flourishing black market for guns in our nation’s capital that leaves the criminals armed and the law-abiding defenseless. This is unacceptable.

The Second Amendment does more than guarantee to all Americans an unalienable right to defend one’s self. William Blackstone, the 18th century English legal commentator whose works were well-read and relied on by the Framers of our Constitution, observed that the right to keep and bear firearms arises from “the natural right of resistance and self-preservation.” This view, reflected in the Second Amendment, promotes both self-defense and liberty. It is not surprising then that the generation that had thrown off the yoke of British tyranny less than a decade earlier included the Second Amendment in the Constitution and meant for it to enable the people to protect themselves and their liberties.

You can’t always predict what the Supreme Court will do, but in the case of Heller and Washington, DC’s gun ban, officials in the District of Columbia would have been better off expending their efforts and resources in pursuit of those who commit crimes against innocent people rather than in seeking to keep guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens who would use them only to protect themselves and their families. And that is why appointing judges who apply the text of the Constitution and not their own policy preferences is so important.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/21/2007 at 08:24 AM   
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