As a former FredHead… I now believe that he was Johnny’s stalking horse. Hey, I’m getting used to being HAD by RINOs… first Jorge Bush, now Fredrico.
I miss RWR.
stenwin77 on May 15, 2008 at 3:06 PM
As much as it pains me, I second that.
RobertInAustin on May 15, 2008 at 3:56 PM
In the Fox debate when Fred! went Fred all over Huckabee he was in great form, he could have said just as much if not more about McCain, and he didn’t. That should have been my first clue.
As one person said, if you see McCain and Kennedy smiling, you are about to get #*&%@$.
RobertInAustin on May 15, 2008 at 4:00 PM
rhinoishere on May 15, 2008 at 4:02 PM
Remember how back in 2000, John McCain lost the South Carolina Republican Party primary to Evangelical Christian George W. Bush? Remember how John McCain became so infuriated that shortly thereafter he referred to evangelical Christians as “Agents of Intolerance”?
W’s victory in the SC primary helped propel him to the Republican nomination in 2000.
In 2008, McCain knew that Mike Huckabee would likely be the preferred candidate of South Carolina evangelical Christian voters, unless McCain could do something to split that vote.
Enter Fred Thompson, who called McCain his “good friend”, not his “competitor”.
I actually initially preferred Fred Thompson, because he appeared to be the most conservative candidate. But that was the whole point. That was his role… to split the “far right” conservative vote.
Fred entered the race late, left early, and had no “fire in the belly” except for when he attacked Mike Huckabee. Fred was never “in it to win it”. Fred was in to help John McCain win it. Fred accomplished his mission by taking enough votes away from Huckabee to enable John McCain to win the South Carolina primary. With “mission accomplished”, Fred quit the race three days later and then told us all to “fall in line” behind McCain.
Eleven Republican Primary contenders were invited to the Values Voter Debate. Seven showed up, and four chose not to. Those four all played important roles in helping John McCain become the Republican Party’s nominee for President. (McCain himself, Thompson, Giuliani, and Romney).
Fred Thompson was McCain’s stalking horse (against Huckabee) in SC. McCain won SC.
Rudy Giuliani was McCain’s stalking horse (against Romney) in FL. McCain won FL.
Once Romney thought he couldn’t win the nomination outright, he made a key decision… rather than keep the promise he made February 5th to fight all the way to the convention, Romney quit on February 7th and did everything in his power to try to get McCain’s last competititor, Mike Huckabee, to quit. Then, on February 14th, Romney “released” his delegates to McCain in another attempt to get Mike Huckabee to quit.
The ONLY Presidental candidate who both attended the Values Voter Debate and had a serious shot at the Republican nomination, was Mike Huckabee.