1. rugby_fan says:

    There is no difference between Thompson and McCain.

    Thompson is only in the race to build support for McCain. Thompson will drop out and all his supporters will go to McCain, even if they don’t know it yet.

  2. Donkey Kong says:

    “There is only one true conservative in the race.”

    Yes, and his name is Newt Gingrich, though I think you can argue that FT is conservative also.

  3. Icarus says:

    Since McCain is the one true conservative who can win in November, and since he’s running a marathon, shouldn’t he be getting an endorsement from Nike? That might give him money to compete with Ron Paul.

  4. I Am Jacks Post says:

    Yeah, that Medicare Prescription Drug bill Newt personally lobbied house members to vote for is pretty damn conservative–if by conservative you mean expensive-as-hell entitlement that’ll never go away.

  5. I Am Jacks Post says:

    Oh, and it’s ironic to hear “the real conservative” Newt talk about illegal immigration, especially since it was Newt and Grover who enlisted Ralph Reed to lobby conservative members to oppose the 1996 immigration reform bill for which every Republican member of the Georgia delegation was fighting.

  6. Bull Moose says:

    I think Fred probably offered as much substance in his appearance in Atlanta as a fly on a frog’s back.

    You all know that McCain is everything Rugby_Fan said an more!

    Let me say that one thing Fred Thompson does offer that other candidates can’t is the assurance that Watergate will ensure that corruption will be an issue that is discussed during the upcoming elections.

  7. Bull Moose says:

    Yes, Newt’s announcement has to do with the American Solutions that he is launching. I do not think that Newt gets into this race.

    I tend to view Newt as our modern day wiseman in a similar way that Benjamin Franklin was to his generation.

  8. I Am Jacks Post says:

    Newt’s announcement? Is it that he’s written a sequel to 1945? Eugh. How many trees have to die for that thing?

  9. CHelf says:

    And he’s tying it to the aniversary of the Contract from 1994. Add that to when he’s told media he will decide whether to run for Prez or not. Oh the significance of September. Media attention? Hype?

  10. I Am Jacks Post says:

    I know. I was just joking around.

    I recall at the time that 1945 held the record for highest percentage of a first printing to be returned to the publisher unsold. I think Roll Call had a story about most of them being recycled, while they also passed off to used bookstores what they could.

  11. Bull Moose says:

    No, Jacks Post, I was referring to an article that talked about Thompson’s role in the Watergate era. He was Chief Republican Counsel on the Senate committee looking into Watergate.

    That’s all. I read, and I can’t find it now, an article on it.

    The MSM will focus on everything but the issues (some of them that is).

  12. CHelf says:

    I saw some article referencing Thompson actually being Nixon’s ears in the Senate’s investigations of Watergate. That might have been linked on Politico.

  13. GOPeach says:


    M I K E H U C K A B E E L I E V E I T !

    Just like Reagan –
    he is deemed too socially consercative-
    And yet THE ONLY FAIR TAX supporter
    in the line up!



    Let’s TALK!

  14. “Among Republicans, only Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, raised a significant amount in Georgia, drawing $405,761, or nearly two-thirds of the entire Republican take. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., raised $112,578 and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani took in $88,150.”

    Peach, Huckabee is a good man. Please do not ruin his reputation.

  15. Decaturguy says:

    I believe that this will be Fred Thompson’s Swift Boat Veterans problem. You can’t take credit for bringing down Nixon when you were tipping them off the whole time.

  16. Jeff Emanuel says:

    Decaturguy, that’s ridiculous. Thompson wrote about this in his own book 32 years ago. It’s neither revelation nor scandal.

    GOPeach, I had previously said that, due to his performance in the debates so far, only Mike Huckabee had earned the privilege of sharing the stage in the future with the declared “big three,” and that the other six could go home. That was an endorsement of his debate success, not his nanny-state “compassionate conservative” moderate Republican politics.

    Now that you’re on his side, I’ve changed my mind. He can go home with the other six, and leave the Big Three declared candidates to run.

  17. CHelf says:

    Does anyone have a copy of this book? And what makes his version (if this is truly his) fact as opposed to any other version? Perhaps more research is in order rather than automatic assumption that this is true?

  18. Lee Benedict says:


    A) McCain is NOT a true conservative, or any kind of conservative.
    B) He’s damn near broke; if indeed he were a true conservative, he would not have already spent $25million of his $27million.

  19. LOL, Lee

    Don’t beat up on an old worn out man. But if you do, keep in mind that he has more than 2 million of campaign debt that already off sets his 2m on hand.

  20. JasonW says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I am not a Ron Paul supporter per se (I think he’s wrong to lead the country, but I think he offers some ideas that are good and while I disagree with him on some things, he makes some valid points), but I think Jeff’s over/under is a little low. Also, I believe Rugby used the MORE than 2.5 sign for Fred, not the less than sign. Ron Paul will be the one pulling the 2.5 %, perhaps more. Fred will of course take Georgia, with Guiliani and Romney rounding out the top 3, in that order.

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