Tag: Fred Thompson

RIP Fred Thompson

Just awful news, Fred was a good man, and man he would have been a great president. We have lost one of our best

Fred Thompson, a former U.S. senator for Tennessee, GOP presidential candidate, Watergate attorney and longtime “Law and Order” star, died on Sunday. He was 73.

Mr. Thompson died after a recurrence of lymphoma, according to a statement issued by the Thompson family 

“It is with a heavy heart and a deep sense of grief that we share the passing of our brother, husband, father, and grandfather who died peacefully in Nashville surrounded by his family,” the statement reads.

“Fred once said that the experiences he had growing up in small-town Tennessee formed the prism through which he viewed the world and shaped the way he dealt with life.  Fred stood on principle and common sense, and had a deep love for and connection with the people across Tennessee whom he had the privilege to serve in the United States Senate.  He enjoyed a hearty laugh, a strong handshake, a good cigar, and a healthy dose of humility.  Fred was the same man on the floor of the Senate, the movie studio, or the town square of Lawrenceburg, his home.

“Fred believed that the greatness of our nation was defined by the hard work, faith, and honesty of its people.  He had an enduring belief in the exceptionalism of our country, and that America could provide the opportunity for any boy or girl, in any corner of our country, to succeed in life. “

Your Fred Thompson quote of the day!

From Bob Belvedere! who awards Fred the quote of the day

…is awarded to Fred Thompson for this Tweet:

USPS to stop delivering mail on Saturdays. Can’t wait to find out how many days a week you’ll be able to get treatment under Obamacare #tcot

— Fred Thompson (@fredthompson) February 12, 2013

As an exit question, How much different would this country be with a President Thompson?


So, what now?

Perry is out, which means that 2012 turned out as well for my candidate as 2008 did. Chris, and I are now 0 for our last two UGH!  So, what now. Well I am not going to get into obnoxious post-mortem. It will do no one any damned good, and I will only come off as bitter and pissed off, which right now, I am. So let other bloggers tackle that task I have no patience for that right now.

The key question now is what, or to say it better who is next? In 2008, after Fred Thompson, like Perry the best candidate for the job bowed out, I decided that Mitt was the next best thing. Huckabee was, well, a used car salesman in a better suit, Giuliani, was, well, a LIBERAL, and McCain was, well, too Mavericky!

So, now in 2012, I am left with Paul, who is a nutcase on too many issues, or Mitt, who is, to me a WEAK, beatable candidate. Then there is Newt, who has such good Conservative ideals at times, but has more baggage that he is more likely to self-destruct, maybe tonight in fact. We will see how the open marriage accusation plays out. That charge IS a he said she said, and both the he and she are cheaters, so, basically how can you really believe either of them?

Then there is Chevy Chase, I mean Rick Santorum, and his obnoxiously Metrosexual sweater vest. He likely is the guy I ought to back. Better character than Newt, of course that does not take a lot, although I find Santorum a decent and good man.

But, Santorum has some areas, ideologically speaking, that trouble me. A bit of a Nanny Stater on what goes in in our bedrooms. A bit of a social engineer with his idea of taxing some businesses more than others. And I have serious issues with his two tax brackets. Ten percent, I like! But, the other rate is 28% WOW~!  So at what amount will Santorum want Americans to be kicked in the nuts exactly?

See there is my issue, it really comes down to two guys, Newt or the Nanny Stater. The serial adulterer or Clark W Griswald. Good GRIEF how did we end up with this field?

Oh, I forgot, too many Conservative voters were too consumed with style to note the guy with substance, JUST LIKE 2008! Maybe we do deserve to lose on 2012. But, re-electing the worst president in this republic’s history is simply unthinkable. So, with a firm resolve to beat Obama, and a very large clothes pin on my nose, I say, Go Newt! I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.

Damn that “non-traditional Sarah palin”

Sarah Palin at the Time 100 Gala, in Manhattan...
Image via Wikipedia

Smitty of the Other McCain looks at Sarah Palin’s potential White House bidand finds, that maybe, just maybe, despite the pleadings of the establishment, that this IS a perfect time for non-traditional.

The interesting question becomes whether the GOP will, petulantly, scuttle the chances of ejecting BHO rather than fall in behind a potential Palin candidacy. In other words, will the commitment to the traditional, broken, Ruling Class way be stronger in the GOP than the desire to, you know, live up to the party’s ideals?

Ah yes, principles, you remember those right? The things candidates are SUPPOSED to have? Yes, I understand the “you have to win elections before you can change anything” argument. My problem is not with that. My issue is that too often the establishment wing of the GOP wishes to choose for us the “electable” candidates. You know the Charlie Crist, Dede Scozzafava types that stab the party in the back.

Smitty also links Ann Althouse, who sums up the difference between serious and conventional the difference between 2012 and 2008

Maybe these “serious people” should be called conventional people. What did these “serious people” say when Palin was doing most of her communication via Facebook? Did the serious people say that serious people do not talk to the press and the public by writing Facebook updates? Because that would be conventional. Conventional people saying you’re not serious because you’re not conventional. But what if Palin is out ahead of them, and they can’t see it? I wonder what these serious people thought about the Tea Party as it emerged?

York sees this, sort of:

It’s possible Palin is in fact running and believes she can do so in a way that’s never been done before. Maybe she can. It’s certainly been tried; in 2007, former Sen. Fred Thompson and a small group of aides conceived of a campaign that would rely on Internet videos, social media and lots of buzz to gain support, with less reliance on old-fashioned things like shaking hands, begging for money and courting state party chairmen. It didn’t work.

Strange contradiction there: “never been done before”… it’s been done before and it didn’t work. If Palin has a another new way, then it hasn’t been done before, and you can’t say it didn’t work, based on the fact that “it” didn’t work. We’ll have to see what Palin’s new way would be. But suppose it is essentially the same as what Thompson tried. The fact that it didn’t work the first time it was tried doesn’t mean it won’t work the second time. And, obviously Sarah is not Fred.

York sees that:

Of course, Palin is a far more ambitious politician than Thompson. 

Yet the whole point of Fred was that he was the serious person. He was the adult in the room. Palin is the one so many people like to think of as a lightweight. Fred had an old-fashioned sort of gravitas, melded, perhaps, with some new ideas about how to campaign for President. It’s 4 years later and Palin is a different person, with a different relationship to new (and old) media.

As I have been saying this will be a different type of election, the people are not looking for career politicians, or DC insiders, they are looking for principled people who will do what is right, rather than stick with the same old tactics. This is why Palin, and Herman Cain, and Rick Perry, who appeals to the Tea Party despite being “established” could do very well.

Fred Thompson interviews Betsy McCaughey

About health care. She has read the entire bill, and is not pleased. She calls it, a vicious assault on the elderly Take a listen, and then call, your representative, and call them again, and again….

Here is the link to much more info on this bill, and what it will force upon us all.

Regarding Stomayor

No, I have not posted about the confirmation hearings because, frankly, they are a sham! A pure dog and pony show! She is going to get the gig, and the sad fact is, she is NOT qualified, but that IS what we get!

Now, let me ask a question here. Think, America, think what type of judge we would be in for if we had elected this man.


YEP! We would be looking at replacing a Liberal justiice with another Roberts or Alito. Think on that.