Fred Answers

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How cool is this?

According to the Thompson campaign's Official Website, the responses from Fred to questions from various blog readers around the 'sphere has begun. This first, originating from Captain's Quarters,asks for Fred's take on fixing the tax code.

Redstate readers responded when Erick invited submissions of questions they would pose to Fred if given the chance. We submitted our selection, and anxiously await his answering them. This is a really good beginning...check the front porch, baseball hat setting.

While I am unabashedly committed to a Thompson Presidency, at the very least this is a method to engage prospective voters that marks an excellent change for this and other campaigns in the years to come.

He kinda looks like one of US hacking away at a blog site after supper on a late summer evenin', now don't he?

Please quit looking to your left, Fred. It makes me wonder if you're being prompted, which makes all the 'uh's sound more staged than genuine and natural.

Otherwise, that's good stuff.

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That was neat, I just wish Fred would come up with some more policy specifics.

I don't think he has to produce a thousand page policy paper, but he should have at least a handful of specific policies so that we can see has substance.


I think Fred has deep convictions like President Bush and will stay true to his his convictions. Like you, I'm a little worried about him. I want to like him, but I think that he might do well if he were elected into the relatively stable times of the year 2000, but there are serious issues the president must take swift and bold action on in 2008, and I'm concerned Fred won't be our guy to do that.

I think he is willing and able to take tough action to help the country, but I want to see him turn the campaign up a notch to see if he is ready to go up against Hillary.

What I want to see from Fred is him to show me that his lack of executive experience isn't going to hurt him in the general election, and also that despite his lack of executive experience, that he is capable of running an efficient white house.

Because for all the comparisons between him and Reagan, at the end of the day, Reagan had already demonstrated his executive ability as a governor.

This would be a very strong plus for Giuliani since he had it and NYC improved remarkably under his administration.

It's a plus for Huckabee and Romney, maybe even a strong plus for them too.

It's not an obvious plus for Thompson - not really a minus since he certainly has as much as Mrs. Clinton and Obama, but other than ideology why would anyone vote for Thompson over Obama?


other than ideology why would anyone vote for Thompson over Obama?


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There are some people who are going to vote Democrat no matter what and some people who are going to vote Republican no matter what and some who are not strongly ideological and who could go either way.

Consider a person who does not want the US stuck in a quagmire in Iraq but doesn't want the US to lose there either. This person may also believe that the Bush administration was incompetent after Katrina. So competence, or perceived competence, is going to be a huge issue.

How does Thompson get that person's vote? And also, how do Giuliani, Romney, or Huckabee get that person's vote.

By the way, I'm not "that person". Thompson, Giuliani, Romney, or Huckabee would all get my vote in the general election against anyone the Dems are remotely likely to nominate. But I am concerned about the undecided voters who have been fed a steady diet of "Bush lied" and Bush+Katrina stuff by the media. How does the Republican nominee attract the undecided voter?

Rudy, Mitt and Fred can point to competence in their prior work. They can point to Obama's lack of any prior work; Hillary's incompetence in travelgate, health care advocacy and Rose law firm billing storage and subpoena response times; and Edward's being so gullible to pay thousands for a haircut he could get for $15.

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I'm not sure how Fred got included in your list of candidates with executive track records (since I thought that was the strong selling point we were going for)...

Mike Gamecock DeVine @ The Charlotte Observer
"One man with courage makes a majority" - Andrew Jackson

I would prefer that Fred had no prior connection to government at all! Seems to me that we need non-political people in charge after looking at the last 16 years or so...

Just good ole common sense and honesty - what I;m looking for at this point.

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In my opinion by the time we get to the general election the fence sitters (you know the ones those narcissistic malcontents can see their way to actually find a set of principles that apply and choose) will have already made their choice.

No matter what these old time pundits say, the simple fact is the MSM has the U.S. population so divided I believe this so-called monolithic undecided voter block to be closer to a myth than a reality.

To answer your question: in order to win over true undecided voters, Fred has to keep doing what he’s doing – traveling around and talking to the folks and answering their questions and articulating his positions.

When the time is right for and all-out assault to gain undecided voter support the campaign will be locked and loaded.

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with the black community. Obama's dad abandoned him, and so Obama was raised in a sheltered white environment.

Mike Gamecock DeVine @ The Charlotte Observer
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The question I have is why is he skirting around the issue? The fairtax is actually a bill in congress, that spells out exactly what the details are. Anyone can go read it. It is a little disheartning that he can't say I've looked at the plan, and I like it, or, I've looked at the plan, and I don't think it will work. Here's why, and here's what I think we should do instead. It shows he's not very presidential. He cannot make a stand for what he believes in. The fact that he skipped the debate last week is kind of telling too. Makes me think he doens't want to be nailed down on anything yet. Does he think he's gonna ride his celebrity status to the nomination? If he does, when is he gonna nail down his specific policy angenda? After he takes office? These are all important questions if he wants my vote. I could still change my mind if Fred endorses the Fair Tax, but right now I'm leaning towards Huckabee.

who is the co-author of the book on it, and he will be against it, like I am. It is totally unworkable.

Mike Gamecock DeVine @ The Charlotte Observer
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this little thingy called the US Constitution, 16th amendment.

"We should scrap this “comprehensive” immigration bill and the whole debate until the government can show the American people that we have secured the borders -- or at least made great headway."
Fred Thompson

The other unworkable part is the rebates to all americans so as to try and not ruin the buying power of lower income individuals. I also suspect that the congress would use the new tax to to construct a huge tax code of favors over time as well.

Mike Gamecock DeVine @ The Charlotte Observer
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but upon reflection I like his answer better. He is for a reformed tax code that is easier to understand, easier to enforce, and fairer to all citizens.

My supposition:

He doesn't think we can get there in one fell swoop, so he will work with whatever coalition he can get to move people along the lines he has outlined. He probably knows he can't get the fair tax because there are conservatives who question it and won't vote for it. He probably knows he can't get the flat tax because there are conservatives who believe the only way out is with the fair tax and won't vote for the flat tax. But he probably can get them to agree on other reforms that can be made to the current system because they only mitigate the current system while leaving both sides the opportunity to continue to argue their points of view for the next round.

Mike Gamecock DeVine @ The Charlotte Observer
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I seem to remember reading that when people look up and to their left side as they are speaking, they are searching their memory -- much as you might search through a computer file for relevant information.

When the speaker looks down and/or to the right, it usually suggests that they are lying.

Perhaps there is someone here that can verify that, but it is my understanding that this is an unconscious part of body language.

I like this "Erick Mode" thing.

Can we get a new graphic for it? Erick Mode!

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I know this is a worn out question, sorry. As a nurse I am frustrated at the multitudes of patients I see that have not been able to get preventative medicine and present seriously ill with diseases/disorders that could have been prevented. What are your thoughts on a type of socialized medicine for

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out of the range for too many Americans. That plus defensive medicine borne of lawsuit fears that has made medical malpractice insurance so high that doctors have to see too many patients and charge such high fees to keep doors open.

We need the Romney plan as a transition back to a market system that would produce competition and lower ins costs.

Mike Gamecock DeVine @ The Charlotte Observer
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Seeing as RNStarr used the wrong kind of buzz word for this site and we are reacting to it without proper thought perhaps.

While I am not an expert on candidate Thompsons exact position on dealing with individual health concerns.

This issue WAS directly handled by the current administration and REPUBLICAN congress in the overhaul of Medicare. Much of that dealt precisely with preventative issues such as RNStarr describes, it is not the responsibility of government though to force people to get those medicines or to take them though.

There is no Republican candidate preventing this from happening or advocating it, you are simply uninformed and as a nurse as your name implies, your ignorance of this issue is stunning and I question your ability to perform your duties.

Every emergency room in America is available to it's citizens as well as non-citizens, adding unfortunately to the burden of local governments as well as the federal gov in this regard.

As a nurse you should be aware that the government has a multitude of programs geared toward the care of those who lack the means to pay for it themselves.

Even in countries with socialized care there is no forced approach, it is incumbent on individuals to avail themselves of the programs and medicines that could keep them healthy. If this were the case, the state of health care in America today would be in a much different place.

Perhaps as a nurse you can offer some insight as to why this is the case in honest terms instead of fake democratic talking points that have been proved false by factual data.

Well done is better than well said. —Benjamin Franklin

It's the buzzword combined with the fact that this person registered to make the comment. Strikes me as not a Republican, you know?

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First of all, excuse me for posting here. I read that you could send messages to Fred and he would answer... my bad.

I am aware that people can get medical treatment paid by the government.... however...
*my 73 year old mother can't afford to eat and buy her medicine, she has medicare and other coverage, but her meds are still over $500 per month. She has too much pension to get assistance.
*my daughter had to move out of our home, because our income, she didn't qualify for medical coverage for her mental disorder. Now she has to live on her own on $376 per month from SSI and gets assistance... it still doesn't cover her rent and utilities and she is living in the cheapest place we could find.
*my son-in-laws brother lived at home, but was an over the road truck driver, no insurance provided, at 24 found out he has Stage 4 cancer, doesn't qualify for assistance because family taking care of him make too much money
*a family friend, worked all his life self employed, now he can't work because his knees are too bad, doesn't have health insurance and can't get assistance because he owns too much.
* I could go on and on with similar stories.

Does any of this make sense? Not to me, there has to be an answer. I may be ignorant of political issues - I don't care for politics and this is the first year I am really trying to get involved. Excuse me for trying to be a small voice asking a simple question of a Presidential candidate. I will try not to make waves in your pond again.

... calling charities and local churches for help. This, of course, is assuming you're tried asking all your friends and family for help?


Small is beautiful.

I too am in healthcare and socialized medicine is failing everywhere. Those countries with socialized medicine are drowning in debt and the citizens have to wait long periods of time for just simple procedure let alone major/surgical.
And don't mix up people who didn't take care of themselves for people who couldn't get help. That may sound cold but it's so true.

Don't you think it's time you quit your part time job at the Quick-mart Self-serve?

Where's the passion?
Where's the fire?
Where's the full page ad in the NYT spelling out your agenda?

Is that a fishing pole I see in the background? No, it's a hammock!

Dear, Lord, I can see Hillary with her hand on the Bible now being sworn in as the 44th president...

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Wait, I think I figured it out, Thomson's not running for president, he's just trying to pick up another Emmy Award.

You know who's got fire in the belly, Hillary Clinton. That's why she is beating Thomson by 9 points at RealClearPolitics. Intrade has Hillary over Thomson by over 30.

We lost the '06 elections because of misplaced over confidence that people weren't dumb enough to vote for the Dems.


It's foolhardy to be this confident of Thomson. It really is.

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because you'd be toast just for using the "FITB" phrase.
Not to mention that you're full of excrement.

...when they see me they'll say, "There goes Loren Wallace,
the greatest thing to ever climb into a race car."

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Shouldn't have said the latter part. I lost my cool with your Thompson-bashing.

...when they see me they'll say, "There goes Loren Wallace,
the greatest thing to ever climb into a race car."

You could have had the blamstick pointed your way, heh.

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from another thread where I suggested we should ban anyone who used the "fire in the ..." phrase. But the more I reviewed this thread, the more annoyed I got. I actually thought I had deleted my insult, but my "click" button got the best of me.

...when they see me they'll say, "There goes Loren Wallace,
the greatest thing to ever climb into a race car."

At least we know you have that fire in the belly it takes to be a strong RS poster.

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...when they see me they'll say, "There goes Loren Wallace,
the greatest thing to ever climb into a race car."

I mean, I don't need him to use the NYT as an outlet for his views, but even his website might be nice. While these web videos are nice, his answers are vague enough that his policy could be anywhere from one extreme (Ron Paul) to the other (Mike Huckabee or Tom Tancredo?). And it makes a difference to me where he stands, not just on his guiding convictions, but on issues in the world we need to address to keep our party alive.

Just like I said above, maybe in 2000 when things were calm this approach would have made sense, but in 2008?

From reading the article, he doesn't sound like he's advocating a strong, specific policy, but once again vaguely talking about the issue.

And I don't think he's the first to talk about it, either (despite what the article says)...Ron Paul (who I don't support) apparently spoke out about this in much more detail far before Fred did:

Fred Thompson's answer was rather vague. There has been nothing vague, though, with regard to Tom Tancredo's support of the fair tax. Tom Tancredo has been a vocal supporter of the fair tax and has consponsored fair tax legislation.

Tancredo has been awarded a grade of "A" by the National Taxpayaers Union (NTU) for each year that he has served in Congress and has been given a "Taxpayer Friend Award" by NTU for each year that he has served in Congress. In the Club for Growth's "2007 RePORK Card", Tancredo was awarded a score of 84%. Ron Paul, by the way, received a grade of only 29% and Duncan Hunter received a grade of 26%.

You mentioned Huckabee and Tancredo together. I believe that Huckabee is a flat tax supporter. I have no problem with a flat tax, though I prefer the fair tax. I do believe Tancredo is a stronger fiscal conservative than Huckabee, though it can be difficult to compare the taxing records of a governor and a congressman. There should be no doubt, though, that Tom Tancredo is one of the strongest fiscal conservatives in Congress.

"The defense of our nation begins with the defense of our borders." - Rep. Tom Tancredo and

I guess you haven't been paying attention to the debates lately. Either that, or you are deliberately trying to discredit Mike Huckabee, so you can promote your favorite candidate. Mike Huckabee is the Fairtax's greatest champion. He mentions the Fairtax by name at every debate, and almost every interview I have seen him appear in. Click the link below to see one such example. Tancredo and Hunter also support the FairTax, but they have little support. Huckabee is rising in the polls.

Now it becomes the front runner for the masses. I would gladly support any of these candidates - Hunter, Huckabee, or Thompson. The only qualifier is who becomes the candidate. Any of these would make a great Republican president. I will support any of these three with enthusiasm.

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I relied upon a report that falsely listed both Huckabee and Brownback as a flat tax supporter. Brownback is actually a flat tax supporter. I accept responsibility for using a source of information that proved to be untrustworthy.

As I mentioned in my prior post, I have no problem with the flat tax. I would be happy to see a president elected that supports a flat tax. If a presidential candidate supports a flat tax, I view that support positively. As I mentioned in my prior post, I do prefer the fair tax.

I'm glad that Huckabee supports the fair tax and if he supported the flat tax, I would view that support favorably.

I don't agree with Huckabee's support as governor for a plan that would reward illegal aliens with state-funded college scholarships. Link to article entitled "Huckabee plan would give aid to illegal aliens": . According to the article, Huckabee proposed "extending eligibility for state-funded college scholarships to illegal aliens who graduate from Arkansas high schools — an idea that several legislators predicted will go nowhere".

The article reported the following:

Rep. Denny Altes, R-Fort Smith, said citizens’ children should come first in college scholarship eligibility. "What kind of message are we sending to the people south of the border, you know?" Altes said. "Are we saying, ‘Yeah, come on,’ or are we saying, ‘No. There’s still a border there. ’"

. . .

Rep. Keven Anderson, RRogers, said that if the state had an unlimited pot of money, he might feel differently. As it is, he’s against Huckabee’s proposal. "You’re potentially taking these scholarships away from someone who is here legally," Anderson said.

The article reported praise from a Democratic representative for the plan. I, though, don't believe Arkansas taxpayers or the taxpayers of any other state should pay for state-funded college scholarships for illegal aliens. While I'm glad Gov. Huckabee supports the fair tax, I don't support his plan that would have burdened American taxpayers with supporting state-funded college scholarships for illegal aliens.

I do not agree with Gov. Huckabee's idea of formulating a plan to penalize people who have entered illegally, but put them on a path toward citizenship. I think Gov. Huckabee is wrong to support a plan that would give a path to citizenship to millions of illegal aliens that have deliberately broken this nation's immigration laws. While such a plan would benefit illegal aliens, it would certainly not benefit American taxpayers.

"The defense of our nation begins with the defense of our borders." - Rep. Tom Tancredo and

Thompson nailed this answer. He said exactly the right things:

1. The tax code needs to be replaced
2. Europe's tax code is better and our tax code for business is a competitive minus
3. Fair, flat, or other, let's put them on the table and work the issue

Good job.

Consensus doesn't prove anything, in science or anywhere else, except in democracy, maybe. - Reid Bryson, speaking on Global Warming

He certainly spoke to the problem area, but that's something everybody can agree to: that current tax policy is a mess.

What he promised was to float such ideas as the fair tax and the flat tax, and avoided supporting either the flat or fair tax proposals- seems he's interested in appealing to tax reformists without wanting to commit to one group and risk alienating the other?

I like the tone and appreciate the sentiment and Fred is a contender for my vote, but don't like to see a non-answer passed off as an answer.


You're electing a President.

I urge you to read Articles I and II of the Constitution, and get cracking electing members of Congress who have the nerve to pass either one.

With out them it's just talk.

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I want to vote for FDT, but he needs to show me something more.
I had high hopes, and still pray that I will not have to vote for a dem in repub clothes.

A good start would be a different color shirt.
I've seen that blue shirt (or one just like it) now for about 2 weeks.

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I think older guys look kinda goofy in hats like that, unless they're playing golf or hunting bears or something...

...when they see me they'll say, "There goes Loren Wallace,
the greatest thing to ever climb into a race car."

Just pull the brim down a bit. I'm sure I wasn't the only one to think Cooter!


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not really, just thought that anybody that worries about his shirt color instead of his beliefs is just a might crazy...

Formally known as Deagle... "Golf is a way of life..."

Same here - I feel that no candidate should be allowed to take the nomination without scrutiny, and Fred is no exception.

And I feel a little stuck: I'm not really for 1) a northeast pseudo-conservative like Rudy or Mitt, 2) I want someone with real executive experience, and finally, 3) someone who has consistent conservative convictions and speaks with honest common sense.

For 1) Huckabee, Thompson, McCain, and Paul are right on.

For 2) Romney, Giuliani, and Huckabee have executive experience.

For 3) Huckabee and Paul have stuck by core conservative values forever. (Rudy and Mitt obviously have not, and Fred has lobbied for abortion and has some weird Libyan connections that pundits will use against him in a general election.)

Going through that list, that's why I'm leaning Huckabee, but want to make the more informed choice.

he needs to show me something more

Is this a patience issue on your part (you need an instant candidate - just add water???) or could it be you were just to lazy to do the research?

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Let's get rid of the tax code! or

With malice towards none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see right.

At least when you answer these questions you can say something meaningful. All he did was generally agree the current tax code is terrible!

I can wait for another year or so for details - geez, this campaign is already way too long... You want details a year+ before he even gets elected? At least he understands that a problem exists and that is key.

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what you say is inarguable truth; nevertheless, if he's going to pretend to answer questions, he should actually attempt to answer said questions.

The current tax code is bad, we need to dump it and make one thats fair and easy for everyone. I think you are looking for him to pick a specific "tax" plan like fair or flat and it's too early for that, the man just jumped in.

I'm saying the whole exercise is stupid and pointless until we get to the point where specifics are called for. I'm only looking for specifics because that's what he's implicitly promising by trying to rack up the cool points by pretending to answer blogger questions. as for his just jumping in, that's hardly a defense for the guy that cynically hemmed and hawed for over half a year before he decided the water was to his liking.

as do I, that we will do better lowering rates. Dems are for raising taxes. Fred is willing to entertain the fair tax, etc

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to answer haystack's question ("how cool is this?!?"): Eh. Not very. Shrug.

what you want is not going to happen this early in the political forum. If you mean that all of the responses to tax reform is stupid and pointless, then I would have to agree. You can not formulate tax policy as a candidate - only give general changes.

I really don't want specifics at this point - just an overview of his ideas and plans. Specifics will almost always be derailed. You and I both know that any specific plans will most probably be derailed focus on the ideas first, details last.

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this is why pundits have such trouble picking out the candidates people will actually vote for and get annoyed with the candidates who are running for election.

1. It's just plain stupid to alienate potential supporters this early. If you pick either reform group you lose a measurable portion of your support. With a close 50-50 electorate, you can't do that and win the race.

2. The specifics are constantly changing. So I regard choosing somebody based on the specifics of their proposal as just plain stupid. What you really need to know are what are the principles and reasoning they use to arrive at their decisions so you know that they will properly apply those to the specifics of the new situation which we didn't know about at election time.

3. He had a contract with a production company. He followed the election law without shafting his employer and at the same time making it clear he was going to run. More points to him for it, even if you didn't understand what he was doing.

And besides, who's going to sit through an hour long spoken treatise on tax reform, that isn't going to matter because the Congress doesn't exactly pass things the President writes?

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and Fred didn't choose. But I like his response better than if he had chosen one or the other, even if I have a personal preference for the flat tax.

So the correct answer is, "Yes, we need to do something, but I have no plan." That's kind of disturbing as that's the answer we got in 2004 from George W. Bush.

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and given that Fred is against higher taxes, isn't that a plan?

Mike Gamecock DeVine @ The Charlotte Observer
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He said he would support the 'FairTax', and the 'FairTax' is a meticulously documented plan, right? And Steve Forbes documented the ANSI Standard Flat Tax 15 years ago.

Do you need him to read you the 'FairTax' book as a bedtime story, since you haven'g bothered to get informed?

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20+% sales tax nightmare chapter!

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If that's the best response Fred can give after reviewing a question and preparing an answer for an online campaign clip, he's going to look even worse when called upon to think of an answer on the fly in a Presidential debate. Hillary would run circles around him.

I'm not against Fred. If he's the nominee, he has my support. But if competence turns out to be the key quality voters look for in '08, at a minimum, he's going to have to give more substantive answers to policy questions than what I just saw. That was a 'D' at best.

Mike Gamecock DeVine @ The Charlotte Observer
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clearly I'm not much impressed by Fred, but there's no question he wins there (my vote at least. I suppose its an open question how the country as a whole, after drinking through the MSM strainer, would view the winner, at least on the whole, though they might still give Fred this point). wins over Rudy too, as I've said.

at Starbucks! I guess we can scratch Fred!

let me see;

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Rudy had better get into full damage control mode ASAP on this or he's toast.


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You wrote: "we are closing the barn door long after the cows have left"

I agree.

If we built a Fence, and stopped the flood of illegal immigration, we'd still be stuck with those who are already here. So what do we do with them? If we can assimilate them I'm all for some form of amnesty for them. Of course, that's a big IF given our multiculti public education system...

I guess we can scratch Rudy!

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I strongly support the general Republican platform – foreign policy nationalism, free markets, federalism, small government, strict constructionist interpretation of the constitution, and traditional values. However, I oppose onerous scrutiny of an individual’s bedroom conduct, even if the conduct in question is unusual or even repugnant (unless the conduct violates a jurisdiction’s criminal code). On the other hand, from what I’ve observed, social conservatives tend to scrutinize bedroom conduct very carefully and vehemently disfavor individuals who practice ‘unusual’ bedroom activities. Furthermore, social conservatives form a substantial portion of the Republican Party’s support base. Therefore, in spite of my general opposition to overbearing scrutiny of bedroom conduct, I wouldn’t support Republican politicians practicing unusual bedroom activities because their presence in the party would risk SCs withdrawing their support from the Republican Party and as a consequence, jeopardize those Republican positions I strongly support.

I guess that scratches Huckabee, Brownback and probably Mitt.

Who IS your horse in this race?

It would help me immensely to know the answer.

But to answer your question, I like Giuliani because he projects competence I honestly think this will be the key quality that most voters will be looking for in '08. Though I like Fred's congenial style and his fiery repudiation of in a stump speech, his lack of comfort (or perhaps familiarity?) with policy issues serious undermines his ability to persuade voters that he can handle the duties of office competently. If he can show in the upcoming debates that he has overcome this flaw, I will warm to him.

pay $4.00 for coffee. I take it when they offer to give it to me...but pay for it? Never!

There is a lot about Rudy that I like as well. We were denied that head-to-head in 2000 when he withdrew from the NY Senate race for (cough cough) health reasons. I think he would have taken her then, and had he done that, the Clinton ambitions and political smear machine would have been thwarted early, and we might have something approaching an honest political debate today!

Whoever goes up against Hillary absolutely must be willing to hit her hard and be willing to go for her jugular. I can't see any other way to beat the Clinton war room. So I especially liked the way Rudy attacked Hillary this past week by associating her with the 'BetrayUs' ad: he called her to account on it by taking out a NY Times ad as well for the same price (great stunt) and by attacking her directly on her weasel words on as many media outlets as possible. I was especially heartened by her feeble third person responses to Rudy's attacks - playing the victim may not be as effective this time around with Rudy as it was back in '00 with Lazio.

In a way, Rudy's attacks on Hillary is another way he demonstrates his competence in the minds of voters -- he who shouts loudest and strongest often comes out looking like he's correct on an issue.

Hopefully, Fred will show in the upcoming months that he has the ability to take Hillary on as well.

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Haven't heard anything about him in years.

Competence AND perceived competence as displayed in the media is going to be extremely important.

What is wrong with Bush? 1. Katrina - and that is purely about competence or perceived competence
2. Iraq - but there wasn't much wrong with Bush's Iraq policy when we pulled down that statue was there? See Giuliani's ad of Hillary in 2002 compared with Hillary now. To the extent that there is an Iraq issue with the majority of Americans that also relates to competence. There's only a small minority of Americans who want us to lose in Iraq.

Objectively being president is a tough job and Bush has really done very well at it overall but he gets portrayed negatively a lot. So the republican candidate is going to have to be competent and be able to generate a perception of competence when a lot of media slant things against him.

he will be incompetent and stupid! RR was stupid, in fact, he once made a movie starring a chimp. GWB is stupid! He is so stupid that VP Cheney does his thinking for him. Or Rove! Or....somebody!

The MSM and the Dims only have one playbook, and they will use it over and over again.

in Atlanta said it all more than once when she opined that if only the Soviets had more competent bureaucrats.

I kid you not.

Mike Gamecock DeVine @ The Charlotte Observer
"One man with courage makes a majority" - Andrew Jackson

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