I don't ask readers for money, BUT.....

I'm glad to join Rick Moran's blogburst for Fred Thompson, which Glenn Reynolds linked yesterday.

Analogizing to Washington's perilous crossing, here's what Rick said this morning:

To be brutally frank in appraising the situation realistically, Fred Thompson's chances of winning the nomination are not good. I will not attempt to snow you, gentle readers, with the idea that the Thompson campaign is anything but a hope and a prayer at this point. But where there is a will to fight, so there is a will to win. It doesn't matter how many pundits, pollsters, and assorted "experts" have written off Fred Thompson. What matters is that there is still a chance, still life in the campaign, and still a belief that the race can be won. Your support is absolutely crucial to propel the campaign forward, to build on the momentum generated by Thompson's bus tour through Iowa by giving as much as you possibly can.
I've been partial to Fred Thompson's candidacy since before he was running, and I've already made a modest donation. I plan to donate more, because he's by far the best the GOP has to offer right now, and now is an especially important time. Because, if Huckabee gets it, we'll see eight years of Hillary.

That last statement is of course a Machiavellian argument for Fred Thompson -- intended for those who consider themselves in the ABC (Anyone But Clinton) category. But Fred Thompson is the most experienced candidate the GOP has, he goes way back, and I think he has integrity. Moreover, he dares to be a Federalist -- someone who actually publicly supports the Constitution as it was written. As a strong constitutionalist who believes the Constitution has been disregarded for far too long, few things could appeal to me more. It's music to my ears. Sure, the cynic in me could argue that he's "just saying that" and "doesn't really mean it," but this is where his years of experience and political wisdom tend to kick in. Simply for being the only vocal federalist of the bunch, he deserves support.

Any readers who feel the same way, I hope you'll join in the blogburst. I say this as someone who does not usually join things or participate in blogbursts.

I also remind readers that I do not have a tip jar. Instead, I occasionally ask people to donate to one worthy cause or another.

So please, any of you who aren't into having Hillary as president and who like this blog, I hope you'll consider clicking on this link and donating to Fred Thompson.

UPDATE: My thanks to M. Simon for helping out!

posted by Eric on 12.27.07 at 09:49 AM


I think you are right about the electability of Mike Huckabee. If he got the GOP nomination, it will be very easy for his opponent to depict him as a religious extremist, which I don't believe he is. Huckabee has made many statements about his religious beliefs that, strung together, could make him look like a nut - like his statement that he thinks the universe may only be 6 or 7 thousand years old.

chocolatier   ·  December 28, 2007 11:51 AM

You morons have outsourced over 50 million jobs, you have displaced our own technology sector workers with cheap foreign workers from China and India, frightening off U.S. students from engineereing and software development, you have outsourced our most critical technology, you have defrauded and cheated consunsumers into buying bogus loans and other investments ruining them. Now, the dollar is just at about $1.50 to a Euro, OPEC is seriously considering pegging the price of oil to the dollar, and inflation is about to become a vicious monster that will utterly destroy the Middle Class. Every critical piece of our infrastructure is made offshore, now. We no longer have a manufacturing sector that amounts to anything. Everything from the wire in our homes, to the paint, carpeting, and every appliance is made somewhere other than the U.S. Those cheap labor market costs have now passed the ever declining U.S. dollar. So a vicious cycle of increasing prices, stagnating or even lower wages and benefits (except for public sector employees!), rising unemployment, coupled with the oh so uncompfortable ancillary rising divorce and crime rates, is going to wreck the U.S. economy and take a lot of our social infrastructure right along with it. The advocates of outsourcing and “free trade” are going to (rightfully) take the blame for this and I would expect to see more than a few criminal trials, wealthy brokers taking up residence in Dubai, and more than a little violence directted at the wealth and their families that did this. Essentially, you swine took a country, an entire people, and you broke it, wrecked it.

Eric Westerfeld   ·  January 2, 2008 8:40 PM

Gee, Eric, I certainly hope you're still planning to contribute to Fred Thompson!

It's the least you can do after calling people names, you know....


Eric Scheie   ·  January 2, 2008 8:55 PM

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