Another Small Poll Shows Hoffman In The Lead In New York-23

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Whoops, there it is! RealClearPolitics is reporting the beginning of a trend for Hoffman, albeit, a trend arising from small conservative polls, but we’ll take it, since there aren’t any other recent polls to go by in New York-23:

Neighborhood Research polled the district for Minuteman PAC, the political arm of the Minuteman Movement, which has endorsed Hoffman and is airing ads on his behalf.

Hoffman leads Democrat Bill Owens by 5 points and GOP nominee Dede Scozzafava by 20 points.

Hoffman 34
Owens 29
Scozzafava 14
Und 23

The poll was taken Oct. 25-26 of 366 likely voters.

Meanwhile, Fred Thompson joins Sarah Palin in full-throated support for Hoffman:

Newt, sadly, is still holding out for Scozzafava, lamely trying to make the conservative case for her, on Greta, last night.

Related:

Dan Riehl examines  MN Governor Pawlenty’s Hoffman endorsement speech, and wonders if the liberal label is adequate for Obama. The Gop rejected the “Democrat Socialist” label for Democrats, earlier this year, but I think they were mistaken.  Charles Krauthammer, for one,  has been calling Obama a Social Democrat for about a year, now.

That would seem to me to be an acceptable compromise between the more red-baiting “Marxist” and “Socialist” labels being thrown around, (NTTAWWT), and the totally insufficient, “Democrat”.

UPDATE:

See Ace for another endorsement for Hoffman, and a report from the Washington Post that the Scozzafava campaign is “imploding”, and it’s now essentially a two man race.

Hoffmentum!

UPDATE II:

Via Michelle Malkin, Redstate is reporting another big endorsement for Hoffman.

Senator Jim DeMint just sent me the statement below on his support for Doug Hoffman. As one of the real leaders of the conservative movement in this country, DeMint speaks for many of us. I’m delighted he is, as he consistently does, putting principle over party in this case.

See Redstate for statement.

For all the latest in the New York-23 race see Dump Dede.


Fred Thompson: On the vice presidency and Obama

(posted by Carol)

I have typically failed miserably each time I’ve tried to embed a video. And I tried my best to embed a video here, but it didn’t work. So HERE’S THE LINK to the video. When I saw this video, I knew immediately that I wanted to post it.

I was a Fred Thompson fan long before he announced that he would seek the Republican nomination. I was disappointed in his lackluster and shortlived campaign. However, I’m still a fan, and I respect Fred immensely.

This clip is of Fred talking with Sean Hannity. He touches on whether or not there’s a chance of a McCain -Thompson ticket, and then he talks about Obama. My thoughts exactly!

Hat tip: Hot Air

Fred! Has some New Fans

Including the New York Times?!

John and Ann Berenberk dutifully watched the umpteenth Republican presidential debate on television on Thursday night and had an epiphany. It was about the candidate they had previously referred to as the tall, silent one. Fred D. Thompson.

The last of the candidates to enter the race, Mr. Thompson, 65, a former Tennessee senator, has so far seemed to distinguish himself mainly by a laconic style that has made him almost invisible beside the others on the stage in past debates, the Berenberks said.“But then last night — we hadn’t even been thinking about him — all of a sudden it was clear he was the one,” said Mr. Berenberk, a retired teacher. “The bluntness, the forcefulness. He was really impressive.”

Thompson is making the same points he has been making throughout his campaign; that he is the one candidate voters can trust “to be a strong, consistent conservative”, but now, because of his impressive debate performance, people are finally taking notice.

Jim Sickles, a retired corrections officer; Natalie Bankowski, an office manager; and Maryanne Gasper, who said she was “a waitress, with two other jobs,” were among a dozen people randomly interviewed who said they had been undecided or leaning toward other Republican candidates — mainly Mr. Huckabee — until Thursday night.

Sirita Long, a construction forewoman from Moncks Corner, “He’s a straight-up shoot-from-the-hip guy,” said Ms. Long, who said she had been leaning toward Mr. McCain until the debate. “I could see him staring down our enemies.”

I’m looking forward to the next poll to come out of South Carolina. I fully expect Fred to be moving out of fourth place.

More Fred News:

Michelle Malkin:

Fred responds to Huck’s Metamucil crack: “Potty humor”

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Morning Joe Doesn’t Love Teh Fred?

Not that I care what Joe Scarborough says, but wow, nothing but venom from this guy:

With panelists Willie Geist and Mika Brzezinski in supporting roles, the Morning Joe host went off on Thompson today with stunning vitriol, deriding him as “Freddie boy” “pathetic,” a “lapdog” and a “hatchet man” for John McCain.

Video at Newsbusters.

Well, whatever, Joe…you’re in the minority, though pal.

Yes, of course, some have noticed that Fred! didn’t go after McCain as much as he might have. Possible reasons…they’re friends, and Fred won’t do that to a friend.

Orrrrr Fred is looking at a possible V.P. spot on the McCain ticket. I could live with that, if McCain wins the nomination. It would certainly make voting for him much more palatable.

Michelle Malkin is talking about possible McCain/Huckabee, and Romney/Fred pairings….I don’t really see either one of those happening, myself.

McCain/Fred! I can see. They’re already buddies, and it could pull in a lot of conservatives who are wary of McCain, but hope that Fred would have a conservative influence on his administration.

Or maybe notMark Levin on McCain

UPDATE:

Lisa Schiffren at The Corner thinks Rudy/Fred would be a winning ticket. Why didn’t I think of that? If Rudy is able to come back from the dead, and win the nomination (long shot) that would be a good one.

UPDATE (Jan. 13):

Stop the ACLU makes a strong against McCain.

Fred! Wins SC Debate Handily

Everyone thinks so:

The kids at The Corner, Mark Levin, Rich Lowery , Peter Robinson

Jim Geraghty

Captain’s Quarters

Frank Luntz’s Focus Group

Michelle Malkin

Hugh Hewitt??!!11!!

John Podhoretz

Riehl World View also has a good rundown of media reactions calling it for Fred.

The Weekly Standard has the “Best of” debate awards.

My favorite moment didn’t actually involve Fred(!).

It was Giuliani’s comment about “chaaaange”:

MAYOR GIULIANI: “Well, I guess the first point I wanted to make on what they were talking about is that the kind of change that the Democrats want to bring about is to take the change out of your pocket.

That’s basically — basically, change is either good or bad. And when you just say change, if the change that you’re talking about is raising taxes, if the change that you’re talking about is pulling out of Iraq precipitously, if the change that you’re talking about is socialized medicine, these are definitely changes, but they’re changes in the wrong direction.

So I think people have to focus a little bit more carefully on, what is it that we’re promising? And what are we trying to do? Now, if the change is in the direction of lower taxes, less spending, giving parents choice over education, energy independence, these are things that are going to make a brighter future and a better America. But just the word change doesn’t connote good or bad. You’ve got to get one step beyond that and start looking at the changes.”

AMEN! Finally, someone says the obvious.

Thank you for serving up that generous serving of common sense, Rudy.

UPDATE: 

Drudge is reporting:

Fox News Channel South Carolina GOP Debate Garners 3.6 million viewers... Network's highest rated debate of the season...

Excellent news for Fred!

Major Endorsement For Fred! To Come Tomorrow

Fred and Jeri Thompson are guests on the Sean Hannity Show today, but Fred’s being coy, and won’t disclose the name of the person, or even whether he’s a national or local (SC) figure, (not for lack of trying on Hannity’s part).

More at Hot Air.

Huckabee has Chuck Norris.

McCain has Wilford Brimley.

Bruce Willis would seem to be a good fit for Fred, but maybe that’s just me.

UPDATE:

Human Events???

Uhhhhh, oookaaaay.

Not exactly what I was hoping for, but hey.

Go Fred!

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“Chuckabee” Facts

Cute.

Someone was bound to do this sooner or later… some wiseacre from the Indiana Daily Student News came up with these. They made me laugh….but also cringe at the Huckster facts. Here are a few examples:

Fact: Mike Huckabee calls himself a Republican, but functionally he’s a pro-life Democrat. He’s a big government, tax-and-spend proponent of the Nanny State, who supports a nationwide smoking ban, government-sponsored wellness programs and more government regulation of private industries, such as minimum wage increases. He also has a grossly liberal record on illegal immigration.

Fact: Chuck Norris is so painful to watch that nine out of 10 Americans would rather take a roundhouse kick to the face from him than sit through an episode of “Walker, Texas Ranger.”

Fact: Mike Huckabee granted over 1,000 pardons and commutations during his 10 years as governor – roughly one clemency every four days. In 17 years, Huckabee’s three predecessors – which included Bill Clinton, by the way – granted only 507 clemencies combined. The Huckster’s clemency recipients included violent criminals who reputedly “got religion” in prison. Should this man have the power of the presidential pardon?

Fact: Chuck Norris is so pathetic that Jack Bauer tracked and killed him in only 21 hours, then took a three-hour nap.

Fact: According to the Arkansas Leader newspaper, Mike Huckabee, while governor of Arkansas, raised more taxes than Bill Clinton did while governor of Arkansas. His tax record is so bad that even the members of the Arkansas Republican Assembly chose to endorse Fred Thompson rather than Huck. When the Club for Growth, a prominent conservative anti-tax organization, sharply criticized his tax record, Huckabee responded by calling them the “Club for Greed.” There’s nothing greedy about the concept that the money you’ve earned belongs to you.

Fact: Chuck Norris is such a bad actor that even Keanu Reeves flips the channel whenever he sees Chuck on TV.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

*sob!*

Please tell me this man has no chance of winning the Republican nomination….please!

People – are actually – talking – about – voting – for Obama if that – happens. Not just staying home….actually taking the time to switch party’s and go vote for the The Messiah.

Ace:

Why vote for Obama if Huckabee is the nominee?

For the same reason some in our party are forcing a socialist Christian candidate on the rest of us: To let them know they can’t take our votes for granted and to teach an object lesson about political power.

*sob!*

Dave In Texas:

All it means. Is. If it comes down to Mike vs. Obama, I would rather kick it to Obama. For two very simple reasons:

a) if we have to have two socialist goofy-asses (as Warden likes to call them, who knows where he came up with that shit) running, and one of them is going to win, I’d rather blame Dems than Reps for the next 4 years for all the crap that we’re going to have to endure.

b) as an evangelical Christian I have serious reservations about Huck’s awful baggage. I am revolted by his “get out of jail free if a minister told him ‘asshole’s seen the light’ bullshit”. This list is not only unconservative it’s at odds with Christianity. Does his ignorance of the law, his apathy for evil-doers, his embrace of redistribution of earned livelihood for the “common good” have anything at all to do with Christianity? It does not.

*Sob!*

Slublog:

Would Obama be better? At this point, I’m just thinking he couldn’t be worse and he at least has the virtue of seeming more…optimistically Reaganesque about America in his rhetoric than Huckabee. That’s a sad commentary on who is ahead in the race for president thus far. When Rudy Giuliani was ahead in the polls, evangelicals and social conservatives threatened to bolt the party, and warned (in a passive-aggressive way) that their decision to sit out the election was the fault of anyone who voted to make Giuliani the GOP nominee.

Now those who threatened to sit out the election are appealing to party unity in the face of a Huckabee primary victory. Too late, guys. Those who threatened to sit out then have very little basis upon which to criticize now. Maybe next time, they’ll reconsider using threats as a power play, lest their tactic be used against them.

*Sob!*

You guys are breaking my heart…

Somebody wake me up from this nightmare!

So How Did Fred! Do In The Republican Debate?

Here are a few reactions from around the right-wing blogosphere.

Bryan at Hot Air:

1st–Fred wins. He said the least but what he said was most worth listening to. He managed to come across as the sage in the race, too wise to get into the fray but not above smacking the kids around when he has to.

Jim Geraghty, Campaign Spot:

I don’t think it was enough tonight, even though he’s expected to be in asterisk territory in New Hampshire on Tuesday. Few of his answers were bad, and I like the indifferent dismissal of the question from the local TV guy on oil companies’ profits.

During his moment of “If you are rewarded for your illegal behavior, by being allowed to stay in the country, then it’s amnesty” – I jokingly called him Arthur Branch. Still, it summed up what is likeable about Thompson – direct, clear, and logical. He occasionally rotated his chair, and when he did speak – almost only when directly asked – he seemed like a trusted adviser. Is he running for president? Or consigliere?

Mark Hemingway, The Corner:

Thompson was just great. He seemed judicious and thoughtful, but he needed another breakout moment or two like the last debate to get people’s attention and couldn’t find it.

Moron Commenters At AOSHQ: All say teh Fred! won.

Mark Steyn, The Corner:

Fred was great. He’s like Perry Como. He should never not sit down.

Redstate:

If only Fred Thompson had as much energy as he has gravitas. He needed to be a bit more aggressive.

Dan Riehl:

Notice Fred challenging people on the issues, but he wouldn’t say a thing against old pal John on immigration, or other items he’s changed on. Fredheads better clue up – their support for a losing candidate does nothing but enable McCain. Maybe he’s already cast himself as his VP. Fred may be quaint, but he’s ill-equipped to engage the electorate the way one must to win a presidential election. He should go back to Hollywood and get a surreal job. He doesn’t belong in this race.

Tsk. Oh no you di’nt Dan Riehl!

John Hawkins Right Wing News:

Fred Thompson (Winner): Very sober, very conservative, but slightly sleepy. That was good for a victory in a low energy debate without a lot of exciting quips.

That’s better!

Steven Hayes, Weekly Standard:

Fred Thompson’s performance in the debate was a microcosm of his performance in the campaign: When he participated, he did well. He articulated conservative positions in a way that should help him. He was, as usual, strongest on national security. But he probably didn’t speak up enough to get rank-and-file conservatives to volunteer for his campaign or, perhaps more importantly, to open their checkbooks.

Hmmmph.

Nice Deb:

…Ehhh, I didn’t watch, I was busy doing mommy stuff.

My gut feeling?

I’m gonna be switching to McCain or Romney real soon.

Damn it.

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Fred?

Nevemind the others….what are the pundits saying about Fred!’s 3rd place showing in the Iowa Caucus?

John F. Harris and Jonathan Martin, The Politico:

Fred Thompson had said in recent days that he needed to come out with a second place finish. His third place has some of his own advisers estimating that he has only days left in the race, because he has little money and little prospect for a comeback.

Many confidants expect he will eventually endose McCain. But the former Tennessee senator has not yet made his intentions clear. In part, his fate will depend on his own appetite for punishment and willingness to invest personal effort in a long-shot candidacy.

Lisa Schiffren, The Corner:

…Bla bla bla…and Thompson is out for financial reasons — well they all still have the same flaws they had yesterday…bla bla bla…

Not so fast, toots.

Jim Geraghty, Campaign Spot:

Fred Thompson: You’re alive, although tonight could have, and should have, gone a lot better for you. Stick around. Romney just played javelin receiver, Rudy and Huckabee will split the party, and a lot of conservatives aren’t sure if they trust McCain. Keep doin’ what you’re doin’, push hard in every state as you pushed in Iowa, and you may end up being the guy who has to save the party from the historic error represented by… one of the other guys.

Jay Cost, RealClearPolitics:

Fred Thompson is finished. Absolutely, positively finished. The reason? He has no more money – which is the reason all candidates drop out. And this defeat tonight is not going to get him any cash. The big Thompson question on my mind: if he drops out and endorses McCain, does that swing the 14% or so of South Carolinians who currently support Thompson?

Ouch, dude.

Slublog over at AOSHQ:

How can I say Thompson finished surprisingly strong? Well, I think third place is strong enough to keep him in for now, especially considering Huckabee’s win. At this point, economic and national security cons are going to be desperate now for someone they can unify behind in SC. If Thompson plays his cards right, and campaigns like the wind, he stands a good chance of being that guy.

Geoff at Uncommon Misconceptions:

Fred!. Mesablue makes an outstanding point, with the help of a commenter from Ace, on the lack of organization in the Thompson campaign. He really needs to pull it together, or, more specifically, his campaign manager, Bill Lacy, needs to pull it together. A campaign’s organization is a reflection of the candidate’s managerial skills – an area I’ve always worried about with Thompson.

I’ve heard too much about his shabby organization in Iowa for it not to be true. I hope there’s a lot of on-the-job training going on, because Fred! can’t afford to miss any opportunities, or make any mistakes at this point.

Finally, Fred! himself, on ABC News:

ABC News’ Christine Byun reports: Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson says he is staying in the race.

“It’s pretty clear we’re going to have a ticket to the next dance,” Thompson said as the audience cheered.

He thanked his wife, Jeri, who he called his “number one dance partner,” and Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, for his support.

Shortly before midnight, eastern time, Thompson arrived downtown to a hotel ballroom to be with volunteers and supporters. He and his staff watched poll results and deliberated from his West Des Moines hotel before coming to make his announcement.

You can view his post election speech, here. 

Nice Deb says Fred is decidedly not dead.

Yet, anyway.

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