If Thompson runs for the Presidency, ’08, he needs to get out to the right of where the current GOP is (which is in the Left) and make a big and consistent message distinctly apart from the Bush Presidencies (both of them).
Meanwhile, the suspense is wearing thin. People want Thompson to announce he’s running or announce he won’t be running but the important thing is that he’s decisive and announces whatever the goal is — the speculative-maybe-might-possiblies only provide so much room for enthusiasm for so long.
But most importantly, there has to be detachment — and soon — from the Bush Presidencies (both of them) and politics (both Administrations) by the successful Republican candidate, whether it’s Thompson or Romney or perhaps, Guiliani (but I think that Thompson and Romney pose the best confidence level at present day).
About Mitt Romney, following are a few of the statements Romney is making that continue to reveal him as a conscientious man, someone to pay attention to (though I am not enthusiastic of linking to an article from CBS, that’s where these quotes can be found). I want to read more about what Romney has to say on issues and I hope to see him set his own course (same for Thompson in these regards).
Republican Mitt Romney said he would likely donate his salary to charity if elected president, a financial freedom he described as a byproduct of a successful business career.
“I never anticipated that I’d be as financially successful as I was, and then my business went far better than I expected it would,” Romney told a woman at a Liberty Mutual office in Dover, N.H., when she asked if millionaire candidates could resolve government problems in Washington.
“I wouldn’t disqualify somebody by virtue of their financial wealth or their financial poverty,” Romney added. “I would instead look at their record, what they’ve done with their life and whether they can make a difference, whether the things they have learned will enable them to be an effective leader.”
Following that speech, Romney was rejected by a complaining man in the audience who also refused to accept Romney’s offer of a handshake afterward. The disgruntled guy revealed he was “a Liberal” and plans to vote for Hillary Clinton. So the religious objections as to Romney’s Mormon faith — in that outspoken case though there have been others similar at earlier times — appear to be originating among mostly Liberals intent on Hillary or Obama. What that tells me is that it’s not “religious” prejudice so much as it’s bigotry in general, mostly of the political spectrum kind.
Everything you ever wanted to know about Fred Thompson: THE FRED-A-RAMA.
The Note: MAKE ROOM FOR FRED
Behind the Thompson Boomlet, the GOP Searches for a Lost Identity
THOMPSON SAYS HE’LL RELY ON INSTINCTS
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