Posts tagged ‘Tom Tancredo’

February 6, 2008


by thoughtfulconservative

The news media and the blogosphere, especially that part of the Cheddarsphere here in southeastern Wisconsin have been speculating (although some are skeptical) on some kind of deal worked out between John McCain and Mike Huckabee in that Huckabee would become McCain’s vice presidential candidate if (now when) McCain secures the Republican nomination.

It would be hard not to draw that conclusion. After Huckabee lost three consecutive races, after South Carolina, he stayed in the race. He has been polite and praising John McCain, while negative toward Mitt Romney. And then there was the West Virginia convention.

But I don’t see Huckabee as being the best match. If McCain is hoping to offer an olive branch to listeners/readers/followers of Limbaugh-Coulter-Glenn Beck, I don’t think Huckabee has too great a standing with them either. He might help with social conservatives (evangelicals, et al.).

McCain’s age will force him to look for a younger person that could be seen as stepping into the Presidency (e.g., NOT Dan Quayle). The presence of Obama, Clinton or both on the Democratic ticket will bring pressure to select a woman or an African American or both (Condi Rice, anyone?). And there is the regional balance, seemingly less important in McCain’s case since he’s done well in the NE and South.

Fred Thompson would be an obvious choice. Would Fred take it? I doubt it, but stranger things have happened this cycle. Fred is a friend of McCain and might do it for the good of the party. Fred would appeal to all three conservative factions (fiscal, social and security).

But Fred’s not young.

Rice is connected with the administration and I don’t think McCain will go for anyone with connections to this administration.

Fred Dooley has predicted Haley Barbour, the governor of Mississippi. He’s youngish (60), conservative like Thompson, and has worked with Democrats in Mississippi.

There is also Romney, although it would be hard to imagine these two getting together now. But if Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan could almost do it, I suppose anything is possible, especially in politics.

Other candidates are possible, Hunter or Tancredo. They might help McCain in the mountain west, where Romney won on Tuesday.

Who else is there? Or is there no one who would save this ticket from a revolt on the right?

December 20, 2007

Presidential politics

by thoughtfulconservative

UPDATE: Mike Gallagher at Townhall feels the same way I do about the talking heads all up in arms over Huckabee’s ad,

But allow me to describe what really happened this week over this preposterous flap. Americans who are completely disgusted with the full frontal assault on anything and everything Christian paid attention. They simply could not believe their eyes and ears, that mean-spirited, Christmas-hating pundits and liberal media elitists were actually whining and complaining that someone (perhaps) had the audacity to display a Christian symbol during a Christian message that celebrated Christmas.

UPDATE II: And one more. Who the heck cares if Obama is Muslim? As I say repeatedly, I am more concerned with their record and their positions than their religion. Geez. Let’s elect an athiest, if his positions are right.

OK, let me get this off my chest.

First, Mike Huckabee’s Christmas ad. Chris Matthews and Donny Deustch discussed this on Hardball and were very negative. Many on the Left are, too. Right or wrong, if they play and discuss it much more like that, there will be a backlash. Millions of Americans would see that ad and say, “It’s about time.”

Second, Rush said something about a picture of Hillary Clinton in which she looked old.

“Will Americans want to watch a woman get older before their eyes on a daily basis? And that woman, by the way, is not going to want to look like she’s getting older, because it will impact poll numbers. It will impact perceptions.”

Look, I agree with Rush on a lot of things, but this is not one of them.

AP: Tancredo to drop out of GOP presidential race. He won’t be missed. He endorsed Romney?

Ron Paul raises oodles and gobs of money. But will anyone vote for him?