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


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.


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”.


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.



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”

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


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.


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.


Human Events???

Uhhhhh, oookaaaay.

Not exactly what I was hoping for, but hey.

Go Fred!

“Chuckabee” Facts


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.



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.


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.


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.



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.


You guys are breaking my heart…

Somebody wake me up from this nightmare!