Monday, January 21, 2008

If Thompson drops out now

He will have entered the race too late...

...and left it too early.

Pretty sad legacy.

And I'd just be left with who I dislike voting for least.

Though, of course, from this Christian's perspective, any one of them is better than any of the Democrats. (Remembering that 0.001% better is still better.)

17 comments:

mikepettengill said...

Time to start researching the American Independent/Constitutional Party candidate. Their moto – vote for us and meet God with a clear conscious. Well…maybe I made that up. You still have a viable option alive in the primary…at least until Feb. 6th. Then it is AI/Constitutional Party all the way baby.

LeeC said...

I'm still with Fred as long as he stays in. There is still a lot of time before things start to really count despite what some like us to think. And in spite of low press he seems to be catching the eye of some big hitters.

I find it interesting how everyone complains about how politicians are fake, stereotypical used car/snake oil salesmen, but when one comes along who isn't like that they say "Oh, but he so boooring, not like Mit or Guliani..." or when Fred says it's not good in his opinion for a candidate to want the job too badly they say "Fred doesn't want it!"

Can't have it both ways kids.

Dave said...

I'm keeping the Fred-08 banner on my blog. He's still my candidate, even if I'm forced to hold my nose and vote for someone else.

LeeC said...

I think I might write him in if he drops out.

I refuse to not vote, but I don't think I can vote for any of the others. Hard times.

Carlo said...

I agree, I too am left to vote for someone I dislike the least - either McCain or Romney. I will be probably be undecided until the primary. It will be interesting to see if Thompson endorses anyone and who he endorsed. In addition to entering the race late, I think Mike Huckabee's candidacy really confused a lot of Christians thinking he was the best man, pulling away votes from bonafide conservative candidates like Thompson.

If the Lord wasn't in control of everything, I would go nuts.

JackW said...

Some of the logic(?) I'm starting to hear: "Since the Country is going to go into the dumps regardless of which one gets in, may as well vote Democratic so that they will get the blame." What do you think?

Cindy said...

Well, it's official now. After much research I became a Huckabee supporter, though an unenthusiastic one with lingering concerns, but the more I learn and observe about him, the more I like him, a lot.

icthys said...

Jack W says:
Since the Country is going to go into the dumps regardless of which one gets in, may as well vote Democratic so that they will get the blame.

Icthys responds:
Talk about nutsy thinking! The GOP destroys the economy so let's elect a Democrat and blame them? What happens when the next president presides over an economic boom (and he or she will!)? The economy runs in cycles. History shows that economic growth is generally stronger under Democrats than under the GOP. Most of that is probably just good luck.

Ricky Rickard said...

According to MSNBC, Thompson has officially dropped from the race.

Travis said...

LEEC, wouldn't a write in vote be the same as abstaining? In other words, completely ceding your vote. How does throwing away a vote help?

I am a Huckabee supporter, but I'd rather bite my lip and vote for McCain, Romney, or Rudy (that is my preferred order after Huckabee) than just let the vote burn.

Truth Unites... and Divides said...

Wonder how the GOP primary vote in South Carolina would have turned out if Fred had dropped out before last Saturday?

Might Huckabee have won?

McCain is not really all that conservative on a lot of issues.

threegirldad said...

Well, Fred Thompson announced his withdrawal about an hour and a half ago. [sigh]

Carlo said...

McCain may not be conservative on all the issues I want (taxes, immigration, etc.), but if he moves more to the right during the primary (even if he doesn't) he might be our best shot against Mrs. Bill Clinton. The democrats passed some kind of internal memo that they were ready to take Huckabee to the cleaners if he was nominated. The Mormon thing probably will hurt Romney in a general election.

DJP said...

Ugh. Of those remaining... probably Romney.

Argh.

LeeC said...

" Travis said...
LEEC, wouldn't a write in vote be the same as abstaining? In other words, completely ceding your vote. How does throwing away a vote help?"

Well IMHO it wouldn't hurt, and my conscience would be clean. I vote to be heard. I do not want my voice to be misrepresented by voting for someone I disagree with as strongly as I do every other Republican candidate except Hunter.

Rob Mellen Jr. said...

A write in vote is not a wasted vote. The logic of assuming that rests upon the idea that any one individual vote counts the same as any other vote. In our system, it does not. Much depends on where you reside. Only when an individual state election is very close (say, Florida in 2000) does much hinge upon a single vote. For example, if you live in CA and prefer a candidate from the Constitution Party to the GOP nominee, there is actually no difference between voting for either one because CA will go to the Dems by about 20 points. So, the rational thing to do there is express your displeasure with the candidates from the major parties by casting a vote for a 3rd party candidate or writing in a name. If we all were brave enough to do this instead of "choosing the lesser of two evils" something might actually change within our two corrupt parties.

Travis said...

I'm unfamiliar with the Constitution Party, but I'm assuming that they are pure; at least in comparison to the corrupt GOP and DEMS.

You are probably correct as far as Californian votes are concerned, but in states like Florida or Ohio every vote does count; as demonstrated by the previous two elections, and equating a write-in vote/third party candidate as bravery is going a bit far.

A clear conscience is a good thing, Leec. I wouldn't encourage anyone to violate it. My conscience would rest easier; however, having voted for someone who was actually in the running as opposed to someone who started late and dropped out early.