A Veteran Conservative, Homeless Since Fred Left, Makes a Decision.
The news that Fred Thompson has pulled out of the race for the Presidency leaves me with a decision to make, You see, I was for Thompson and although he wasn’t perfect, to me he was the true “conservative” in the race.
The one problem I had supporting Fred was, the American people and me like governors or vice presidents as president. He was neither. His dropping out didn’t come as a surprise, he was not doing as well as some of us thought he would; whether he was too deliberate or didn’t have the fire in the belly the campaign never overcame the “Lazy” label given to it right from the start. So now people like me have to go back and choose another candidate.
When this primary field was announced I wasn’t crazy about the people who were in it (that’s why I went for Fred) I had been bothered with the way this race started in August when an unknown ex-governor from Arkansas named Mike Huckabee took second place in the Iowa straw Poll and the media crowned him the conservative candidate. They did all they could to promote him giving him 3 months of wall to wall positive coverage. I was wary with the way themedia seemed to favor him. Why would they do it? I thought the media were promoting him to stop Fred and that explained their actions. Governor Huckabee then won Iowa and was given the front-runner status. He didn’t handle it well. He came off as arrogant and mean, he lashed out at some of conservatism’s largest grass roots organizations, at times using names liberals use to attack them.
His commercial at Christmas with the cross was beautiful until he said “what cross?” I don’t like to be taken for an idiot and I felt he was doing just that. He was too slippery for his own good. Still why was the media pushing him so hard? I could never answer that question and because of that I could never get comfortable with him.
Mayor Giuliani has seemed to allow his campaign to waste his once huge lead and now I don’t see him being able to right the ship. His stands on our basic conservative issues were always a problem and as our candidate he would have split the parties base. I could never vote for him.
Ron Paul has to answer one question about his world view. ‘If not America then who?” Until then he is just nuts. Senator McCain has just kept being John McCain. He is a selfish, spoiled, United States Senator who throws a fit when someone challenges his
positions. He lashes out at people who hated his immigration legislation acting as though anyone against it is too stupid to understand that allowing people to cut in line for citizenship was not amnesty because they had to pay a fine. It was amnesty they got to cut to the front of the line.
From McCain Feingold and global warming to the gang of 14 he has gone against the base of the GOP and now expects them to look beyond those issues. I won’t and can’t.
So that forces me to give Governor Romney another look. I thought that his speech on the role of religion and politics was brilliant. He answered the fears I had that the Democrats would use his religion and the peoples ignorance of it to scare the American people. I now see that Romney would make them pay a huge price if they tried to do that. I like his business background and the fact that he has made a fortune on his own. His father was a Governor of Michigan so he grew up in the Midwest and he won the governorship in the dark blue Massachusetts. I am not bothered by his change of heart on social issues since if he were to change back again he would be through. He has the money to fight the Democrats and their deep pockets and is articulate and television savvy enough to get our message out.
I have already called the Romney for President office in Illinois and volunteered. So for me it’s Romney in 08.
Jim Leahy is the executive director of the Republican Assembly of Illinois and a grassroots conservative expert.