With 3 debates under their belt, the 10 Republican Presidential candidates are ready to go for 2008. While current polling has established a top tier of Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Mitt Romney, many conservatives feel unimpressed with the selection of candidates as it stands. But wait, now these have disillusioned Republicans have put their hope behind Fred Thompson, former U.S. Senator from Tennessee and star of NBC’s “Law & Order.” Will he be the savior of conservativism that rallies the Republican base to a ’08 victory? Maybe.
Here’s what we know about Fred Thompson: he’s a strong southern conservative with a voting record to back it up, born in the great state of Alabama, a former (possibly current) member of the church of Christ, and he’s a good actor from what I understand. He’s right on all the issues, he’s got a lot of support, he was born in Alabama and he’s at least affiliated with the church of Christ; what’s not to like?
Let’s take into account that it’s only June 2007 and the primaries don’t start until late January of 2008. I guess it never hurts to start early. But with 3 debates and a lot of politicking and polling behind them, the current 10 candidates have already got this machine running. What I’m saying is that I don’t have a problem with Fred Thompson per se. I have a problem with the circumstances he’s in by his late involvement in the race.
What irks me the most about this situation is that these “other conservatives” can’t be satisfied with nominating a strong conservative that’s already in the race (i.e. Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee). Republicans of all backgrounds must understand that if we are to win in 2008, we must unite behind a winnable candidate that reflects that values of our party. Rudy Giuliani does not meet that criteria. He is undeniably winnable, but he has values that are anything but conservative. John McCain is an old curmudgeon who has fought against the conservative base far too many times. He is not electable, if even likable. Therefore, we must find a conservative and electable candidate. Who will it be?
As you probably know if you’ve read my other blogs, I’ve thrown my support by Mitt Romney (as if that makes a difference in his campaign). I will continue to do because he has everything: conservative values, charisma, the “it factor,” gravitas, whatever you want to call it. He’s even got the presidential “look.” Fred Thompson has conservative values and definitely a certain degree of charisma which is required for him to be an actor, but does he have what it takes? I’m not so sure.
I’d be perfectly content with either Romney or Thompson as President. Quite frankly, I like Fred Thompson. But when it comes down to experience, and all the little factors that define what makes a successful Republican candidate, Romney remains my favorite as well as what I believe to be the best man for the job.