It takes all kinds

Byline: | Category: 2008 Presidential Election | Posted at: Thursday, 27 December 2007

One week from today is the Iowa Caucus. A whole host of Fred-supporting bloggers are putting together a “blogburst” today to raise more funds so that Fred can run his newest ad across Iowa. I’ve sent $200. I encourage you to contribute as well. And here’s why.

We Republicans are a coalition of those who support strong national defense, smaller federal government, and traditional socially conservative values. Each one of the three legs of the stool, as Reagan used to call them, is no more important than the others. Even though I am a national defense conservative first, I recognize that unless my candidate also appeals to the other two wings of the coalition, he will lose. The same is true for social and fiscal conservative firsters. Republicans must nominate a candidate who who can bring the whole big tent with him, or the Democrats will tear us apart from ourselves next November.

Fred Thompson is the only such candidate. Rudy Giuliani is a great national defense candidate, but some pro-life and pro-gun Republicans will sit on their hands next November instead of raising them in support. Mike Huckabee has unparalleled social conservative credentials, but small government conservatives will desert him in droves. McCain and Romney each bring their own baggage. McCain’s is that he burnt a lot of bridges with Republicans over the last eight years, and Romney’s is that his candidacy today doesn’t support the same beliefs that he had when he was a candidate in Massachusetts for the last dozen years.

Fred Thompson is the only candidate about whom almost all Republicans can say, “Yeah, I can support him.” Social conservative might like Mike Huckabee best, but there is no doubt that Fred Thompson stands with them on the issues most important to them. Fiscal conservatives might like Romney better, but you know that Fred also won’t support higher taxes and bigger government. National defense conservatives who have Giuiliani or McCain at the top of their list know that Fred Thompson is near the top of that same list. Even Ron Paul libertarians should be thrilled to have a candidate who won’t pander to Iowa farmers with promises of more taxpayer subsidies.

For the conservative coalition to work there must be some give and take. Not everyone can get their first choice; but the choice must be acceptable to everyone. Fred Thompson is that choice. He is the compromise candidate who won’t ask you to compromise on your positions.

Fred can win next year. More importantly, Fred will spend the next four years fighting for conservative interests . . . no matter which kind of conservative you are.

Contribute today.

Other blogbursters:

John Hawkins of Rightwing News, Erick Erickson of RedState.Com, Pejman of RedState, Eugene Volokh of Volokh’s Conspiracy, Polipundit of Polipundit, Ala from Blonde Sagacity, Beth at My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, Kender at Kender’s Musings, Gribbit at Gribbit’s Word, Bill Quick of Daily Pundit, Misha of Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiller, Brandon at Conservative Superiority, Curt at Flopping Aces, Darrell of Alpha Patriot, Jimmie of the Sundries Shack, Justin Higgins of Right on the Right, Kim du Toit, MacRanger of Macsmind, Rick Moran of Right Wing Nuthouse, Mike Hendrix of Cold Fury, Rob Port of Say Anything, Stix of Stix Blog, TraderRob of Opinipundit, William Dyer of Beldar Blog, Nate of Irate-Nation, William Teach of Pirate’s Cove, Tommy Oliver from Race 4 2008, Ray Robison, Frank J. at IMAO, Michele at Reformed Chicks Babbling, and The Discerning Texan.

Not to mention Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), Former Sen. George Allen (R-VA), Former Sen. Al D’Amato (R-NY), Former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK), California State Sen. Tom McClintock, Rep. Steve King (R-IA), former CA State Senator Dick Mountjoy, and Tom Tancredo’s former Iowa State Chairman Bill Salier.

UPDATE:

Here’s the ad:

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15 Responses to “It takes all kinds”

  1. Volunteer Voters » Blogburst For Fred Says:

    [...] Bob Krumm joins a nationwide blogburst for Fred Thompson: Fred Thompson is the only candidate about whom almost all Republicans can say, “Yeah, I can support him.” Social conservative might like Mike Huckabee best, but there is no doubt that Fred Thompson stands with them on the issues most important to them. Fiscal conservatives might like Romney better, but you know that Fred also won’t support higher taxes and bigger government. National defense conservatives who have Giuiliani or McCain at the top of their list know that Fred Thompson is near the top of that same list. Even Ron Paul libertarians should be thrilled to have a candidate who won’t pander to Iowa farmers with promises of more taxpayer subsidies. [...]

  2. Roger A Says:

    My choices are:

    Thrilled to vote for:

    Thompson

    Happy to vote for:

    McCain

    Could tolerate voting for:

    Giuliani
    Romney

    Would seriously consider voting for for something like U.S. senator, congressman or governor, but not for the presidency:

    Paul

    Could not vote for at all, unless it was for youth pastor or something like that:

    Huckabee

  3. Stop The ACLU » Blog Archive » Fred Thompson- Substance Says:

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  4. Allen Says:

    The Best Republican Presidential Candidate for 2008

    Former Senator Fred Thompson is the only real conservative in the race for the Republican nomination, and the only candidate who can unite all three pillars of the Republican Party, namely, fiscal conservatives; national security and defense conservatives; and religious conservatives.

    The Republican party, given that the nation is divided, cannot afford to alienate any of these pillars, or they will lose in the general election, as a sufficient number of the alienated pillar’s constituents will simply not cast a vote for president when they vote. This is not an attempt to intimidate Republican voters, but merely a recognition that there are certain conservative voters who simply will not violate their own principles and vote for someone they have fundamental disagreements with, or do not trust. For example, Governor Romney, has not provided a satisfactory answer in the minds of many religious conservatives in his efforts to explain the change from pro-choice to pro-life. They want to know the motivation, and need to be convinced that it was not political. This matter remains unresolved, and thus alienates a proportion of religious conservatives who would otherwise support him as the party’s nominee – regardless of his own religious persuasion. Mayor Guiliani also has a similar problem with religious conservatives, given his personal position on abortion; and promising to appoint strict constructionist judges will not vitiate the conflict with pro-life constituents. Religious conservatives will not vote for a pro-choice Republican nominee – even if it means electing Senator Clinton president. They will not violate a moral conviction. They will simply adopt the attitude – God’s will be done, and maintain their conviction. Governor Huckabee alienates fiscal conservatives as a result of his tax and spend policies during his tenure in Arkansas. Senator McCain, terminally severed his relationship with a proportion of national security conservatives through his aggressive support of the proposed comprehensive immigration agreement, which failed as a result of a citizens’ uprising against this legislation; his opposition to the tax cut policy of the Bush Administration; and his opposition to aggressive interrogation techniques on high value captured terrorists.

    Senator Thompson has none of the foregoing problems. He is strong on defense of the nation during a time of war, and has already committed to a substantial increase in the size of our military to fight the enemy threatening our survival; will seal the border, and reverse illegal immigration through attrition; will maintain the current tax policy, and reduce taxes by instituting his proposed voluntary flat tax system with only two rates, one at 10% with no deductions; and the other 25% maximum with current deductions maintained. He will also lower the corporate tax rate to ensure US Corporations are operating at the same tax rates as foreign corporations. Moreover, Mr. Thompson is the only candidate to assemble a plan to address the impending social security system crisis – the “third rail” of American politics. The Senator is acceptable to religious conservatives as well, given his strong and long-standing pro-life position, which explains why he was endorsed by the National Right to Life organization, and many similar state organizations. As to the “fire in the belly” complaint , which is preferable, “Fire in the belly;” or the following leadership characteristics? Personal integrity; moral conviction; courage; perseverance; boldness; humility; analytical intelligence; calm and deliberate; decisiveness; understands historical context and timing; commitment; and vision. In short, the Senator will show more than adequate “fire in the belly” when he demonstrates to those attempting to destroy our beloved nation a backbone of iron and the fury of an adversary who will unleash a conflagration, if necessary, to preserve our sacred liberty. One must guard against being deceived by cliché terms such as “fire in the belly,” in the middle of a media driven political campaign, when there are substantially more important, and higher priority characteristics needed in the President of the United States, and leader of the free world.

    For Republicans to win the White House, they must be united and have a large voter turnout among all three of their voting pillars, that is fiscal conservatives; national security conservatives; and religious conservatives. Senator Thompson, is the only candidate not alienating any of these voting pillars, and thus can galvanize their support. Accordingly, he is the best hope for Republicans in the 2008 national election. Indeed Senator Thompson can win the general election, and rest assured the other party knows it for the same reasons articulated herein; to wit: he unites the Republican constituencies and assures a large conservative voter turnout in the 2008 election.

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  7. M. Wright Says:

    Bob, I’m finding this post hard to square with your previous one, your “analytical case for Fred.”

    Here you say that “Mike Huckabee has unparalleled social conservative credentials,” but you ranked him 3rd in that category.

    You say “Fiscal conservatives might like Romney better,” but you ranked him 3rd in that category.

    You say “Fred Thompson is near the top” of the national defense category, but you (again) ranked him 3rd in that category.

    And, finally, you ranked Thompson 1st on electability, but here you define him as a second choice “compromise candidate.”

    I mean no disrespect; I’m just trying to figure you out.

    As for myself, I have similar feelings about the candidates (as represented in this post), and I respect Thompson’s serious (conservative) policy statements, but am leaning towards Romney because of

    1. his conservative record as governor,
    2. his business and civic accomplishments,
    3. his impressive list of conservative endorsements (the National Review, ACU’s David Keene, ACLJ’s Jay Sekulow, Heritage Foundation’s Paul Weyrich, and Rep. Tom Tancredo to name a few),
    4. his ability to connect with people and strong communication skills,
    5. and last but certainly not least, his stance on the issues.

    But I also agree in part with Roger A’s comment above, and I feel that we have a very strong field of candidates.

    Among the Republican candidates, we have a true American hero (McCain), America’s Mayor (Giuliani), governors with impressive personal accomplishments and appeal, a no-nonsense conservative Senator, as well as outstanding congressmen who are also military veterans. These men come from different backgrounds and experiences and areas of the country, promote varied ideas, and they represent a diverse array of constituencies.

    The other party’s top candidates are all essentially one-term senators, they have no real accomplishments to speak of outside their own political aspirations, and there are few if any fundamental disagreements among them. The only Democrats who offer anything more have either been booted from the party (Lieberman) or relegated to the second-tier (Richardson, Biden, others?)

    So, yes, in the GOP, it takes all kinds; for the Democrats, not so much.

  8. bob Says:

    Mick,
    This post is less from my perspective than an appeal to those of another perspective. If for example, you are a social conservative firster you might not put Huckabee third like I do. I place him there because of his archaic views on women and his apparently bigoted views of other religions (See Apacallys’ comments all over this site for examples). But even to those who place Huckabee first, Fred is probably an acceptable alternative. Same with all the other areas.

    My point with this post was to appeal to all conservatives who might support somebody else that Fred is a great second choice that nearly all Republicans can agree on. He is the compromise candidate that isn’t a compromise of your values.

    (As for why Fred is third and I say “near the top,” it’s because there is a huge dropoff between third and fourth place on national defense.)

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  14. Ian Says:

    One hopes that, absent a Huckabee campaign effort, the media will counter Romney attacks by pointing out how, at Bain Capital, Mr. Romney used offshore corporations to avoid U.S. taxation, and he fee-milked acquired businesses before firing workers and taking them into bankruptcy ( http://snipr.com/romneyoffshore ), to amass his great $250,000,000 wealth.

    So, when you compare how Mr. Huckabee’s visionary FairTax advocacy ( http://snipr.com/nextrung ) compares to Romney’s interest in the current tax system, it’s pretty easy to see who will lead us out of tax slavery ( http://snipr.com/taxburden ) – $265 billion annual tax code compliance costs representing 5 billion wasted hours, annually.

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