Thompson drops out

Fred Thompson, the great conservative hope, has dropped out of the presidential race. Meanwhile, Romney leads by a fairly large margin in Florida. It looks like the Republicans will nominate either McCain or Romney. Of those two, who would be better?

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer Theresa K.

    I’m hoping for a John McCain nomination.

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer Theresa K.

    I’m hoping for a John McCain nomination.

  • mmg

    McCain

    Romney strikes me as a Republican version of “slick Willy”.

    Too packaged!

  • mmg

    McCain

    Romney strikes me as a Republican version of “slick Willy”.

    Too packaged!

  • http://geochristian.wordpress.com Kevin N

    I’ve been for McCain from just about the beginning. He’s offended some Evangelical leaders, but that doesn’t always bother me all that much. He is consistently pro-life, has lots of experience, and seems to base his policies on conviction, not on popularity.

  • http://geochristian.wordpress.com Kevin N

    I’ve been for McCain from just about the beginning. He’s offended some Evangelical leaders, but that doesn’t always bother me all that much. He is consistently pro-life, has lots of experience, and seems to base his policies on conviction, not on popularity.

  • fw

    I am soooo glad to be hearing this from the republicans here….. romney=scary

  • fw

    I am soooo glad to be hearing this from the republicans here….. romney=scary

  • Eric

    John McCain is the better of the two. I hope he is not 8 years to late.

  • Eric

    John McCain is the better of the two. I hope he is not 8 years to late.

  • Richard

    McCain. I’m still amazed at some conservatives who possess what David Brooks calls “McCain Derangement Syndrome.”

  • Richard

    McCain. I’m still amazed at some conservatives who possess what David Brooks calls “McCain Derangement Syndrome.”

  • kerner

    McCain is better. Big surprise coming from me, eh?

  • kerner

    McCain is better. Big surprise coming from me, eh?

  • John Tape

    Here is a question I have been wondering about…
    I read (maybe on this blog or elsewhere) that if Romney wins, the Mormans will use that to bring power and validation to their faith. It will be a BIG boost to the Morman faith. If that is the case, is that reason enough to not vote for Romney?

  • John Tape

    Here is a question I have been wondering about…
    I read (maybe on this blog or elsewhere) that if Romney wins, the Mormans will use that to bring power and validation to their faith. It will be a BIG boost to the Morman faith. If that is the case, is that reason enough to not vote for Romney?

  • Joe

    Thompson made one huge mistake – he assumed that the dissatisfied conservatives would flok to him. What he seemed to forget is that you have to work hard in a campaign. Had he campaigned like he did in South Carolina in all of the states, I really don’t think this thing would have been close. For the first few weeks after he announced he was number 2 in all the national poles. All he had to do was go out and start giving speeches (like he did in S.C.) and he would have been the presumptive conservative choice. When he was “awake” he showed a command of the issues that I think was never matched by his opponents but he was rarely awake. He let it slip away and has no one to blame but himself. Too bad really.

    The fact that he has not endorsed leads me to believe that he is looking for the VP slot.

  • Joe

    Thompson made one huge mistake – he assumed that the dissatisfied conservatives would flok to him. What he seemed to forget is that you have to work hard in a campaign. Had he campaigned like he did in South Carolina in all of the states, I really don’t think this thing would have been close. For the first few weeks after he announced he was number 2 in all the national poles. All he had to do was go out and start giving speeches (like he did in S.C.) and he would have been the presumptive conservative choice. When he was “awake” he showed a command of the issues that I think was never matched by his opponents but he was rarely awake. He let it slip away and has no one to blame but himself. Too bad really.

    The fact that he has not endorsed leads me to believe that he is looking for the VP slot.

  • Joe

    What poles are you seeing. At 5 am, I saw a pole on MSNBC that has Romney, Huckabee, McCain and Rudy all with in 5 points of each other?

  • Joe

    What poles are you seeing. At 5 am, I saw a pole on MSNBC that has Romney, Huckabee, McCain and Rudy all with in 5 points of each other?

  • Joe

    That should be poll not pole (maybe I should have been in bed at 5 am).

  • Joe

    That should be poll not pole (maybe I should have been in bed at 5 am).

  • Bror Erickson

    John, those are questions you will have to answer yourself. I will tell you living in Utah that the Mormons were feeling quite betrayed by the Republican Party after Iowa, and New Hampshire. Most of them really do not get that there is a difference between Christians and Mormons, that goes deeper than the differences between Presbyterian and Baptist. They don’t understand why we are so hung up on the Trinity. It is quite an interesting phenomena to watch.

  • Bror Erickson

    John, those are questions you will have to answer yourself. I will tell you living in Utah that the Mormons were feeling quite betrayed by the Republican Party after Iowa, and New Hampshire. Most of them really do not get that there is a difference between Christians and Mormons, that goes deeper than the differences between Presbyterian and Baptist. They don’t understand why we are so hung up on the Trinity. It is quite an interesting phenomena to watch.

  • Patrick Kyle

    I’m not a fan of either candidate, but Romney has had huge success in his chosen vocation. He buys up troubled and failing companies, fixes them so they turn a profit again and sells them. He has the ability to assess what is broken and prescribe a fix for it, and execute the steps to make it happen. That is a skill set we really need in someone who is going to run our country.

  • Patrick Kyle

    I’m not a fan of either candidate, but Romney has had huge success in his chosen vocation. He buys up troubled and failing companies, fixes them so they turn a profit again and sells them. He has the ability to assess what is broken and prescribe a fix for it, and execute the steps to make it happen. That is a skill set we really need in someone who is going to run our country.

  • Don S

    I am uninspired by the choice of these two candidates. Romney is probably unelectable in a general election because of the Mormon issue in combination with his “plasticity”. Particularly, once he were to get into the general election, the MSM would flay him and anoint the Hillary-Obama or Obama-Hillary ticket.

    On the other hand, McCain has proven time and time again what his real priorities are, and they are not conservative. I keep hearing about his “pro-life” record, but it is not where his heart is. Last year, when Federal Election Commission (FEC) v. Wisconsin Right to Life(WRL) was before the Supreme Court, over issue ads WRL had run within 60 days of an election in asserted violation of McCain-Feingold campaign finance laws (WHICH DO NOT ALLOW ISSUE ADS WHICH NAME CANDIDATES WITHIN 60 DAYS OF A FEDERAL ELECTION !!!!!), McCain filed an amicus brief on behalf of FEC against WRL! In other words, when he had the opportunity to choose between a pro-life position and a position stomping on our 1st Amendment right to political free speech, he chose the latter. That should tell you everything you need to know about McCain’s true priorities.

    Those of you who are ruling out Romney solely because he is a Mormon — I trust that you don’t mind when folks rule out candidates like Huckabee solely because he is an evangelical Christian. Romney and his dad both have records of public service and there is no evidence that either of them ever used their positions to elevate the Mormon faith. It is tenuous ground when we start qualifying or disqualifying folks for public office solely based on their faith.

    Of course, there is no question that I will vote for the Republican nominee, whomever it may be, in the general election, as being 1,000 times better than either viable democrat candidate.

  • Don S

    I am uninspired by the choice of these two candidates. Romney is probably unelectable in a general election because of the Mormon issue in combination with his “plasticity”. Particularly, once he were to get into the general election, the MSM would flay him and anoint the Hillary-Obama or Obama-Hillary ticket.

    On the other hand, McCain has proven time and time again what his real priorities are, and they are not conservative. I keep hearing about his “pro-life” record, but it is not where his heart is. Last year, when Federal Election Commission (FEC) v. Wisconsin Right to Life(WRL) was before the Supreme Court, over issue ads WRL had run within 60 days of an election in asserted violation of McCain-Feingold campaign finance laws (WHICH DO NOT ALLOW ISSUE ADS WHICH NAME CANDIDATES WITHIN 60 DAYS OF A FEDERAL ELECTION !!!!!), McCain filed an amicus brief on behalf of FEC against WRL! In other words, when he had the opportunity to choose between a pro-life position and a position stomping on our 1st Amendment right to political free speech, he chose the latter. That should tell you everything you need to know about McCain’s true priorities.

    Those of you who are ruling out Romney solely because he is a Mormon — I trust that you don’t mind when folks rule out candidates like Huckabee solely because he is an evangelical Christian. Romney and his dad both have records of public service and there is no evidence that either of them ever used their positions to elevate the Mormon faith. It is tenuous ground when we start qualifying or disqualifying folks for public office solely based on their faith.

    Of course, there is no question that I will vote for the Republican nominee, whomever it may be, in the general election, as being 1,000 times better than either viable democrat candidate.

  • organshoes

    Don S: The voice of reason. And with facts to back it up.
    Yay. And thanks.
    Which is less trustworthy? A politician who talks, or a politician who talks and is a Mormon?
    Here’s how this is sounding: I’m not supposed to trust the Mormon because he’s a Mormon.
    Okay.
    But then I’m supposed to trust–or ignore my distrust of–the non-Mormon who takes so many positions in opposition to mine, and who twists my positions into nativism and bigotry…
    I think we’re putting unnecessary strains on our backbones, to keep from voting for a Mormon.

  • organshoes

    Don S: The voice of reason. And with facts to back it up.
    Yay. And thanks.
    Which is less trustworthy? A politician who talks, or a politician who talks and is a Mormon?
    Here’s how this is sounding: I’m not supposed to trust the Mormon because he’s a Mormon.
    Okay.
    But then I’m supposed to trust–or ignore my distrust of–the non-Mormon who takes so many positions in opposition to mine, and who twists my positions into nativism and bigotry…
    I think we’re putting unnecessary strains on our backbones, to keep from voting for a Mormon.

  • http://diary-of-a-wanna-be-supermom.blogspot.com/ Cate

    I have a huge problem with the Republicans beating up John Kerry because he flip-flopped on issue after issue but then turns around four years later and is on the cusp of nominating a man who’s changed his opinion on many, many important issues. If we’re going to start labeling politicians flip-floppers, it appears Romney has earned the badge.

    I am sticking my toe in the McCain waters, though grudgingly.

  • http://diary-of-a-wanna-be-supermom.blogspot.com/ Cate

    I have a huge problem with the Republicans beating up John Kerry because he flip-flopped on issue after issue but then turns around four years later and is on the cusp of nominating a man who’s changed his opinion on many, many important issues. If we’re going to start labeling politicians flip-floppers, it appears Romney has earned the badge.

    I am sticking my toe in the McCain waters, though grudgingly.

  • B.Wink

    I, like Bror Erickson, also live in Utah. And the flip side of not voting for a Mormon just because he is Mormon is that this state will easily deliver Romney a victory simply because he is a Mormon. And that is disturbing to me as well.

  • B.Wink

    I, like Bror Erickson, also live in Utah. And the flip side of not voting for a Mormon just because he is Mormon is that this state will easily deliver Romney a victory simply because he is a Mormon. And that is disturbing to me as well.

  • Rose

    Romney. Visible servant leadership by the head of the family. Take note.

  • Rose

    Romney. Visible servant leadership by the head of the family. Take note.

  • Bror Erickson

    Hear hear, B wink.

  • Bror Erickson

    Hear hear, B wink.

  • Brody Smith

    Romney. Club for Growth gives him a much better review, and I do not have any reason to distrust them.

  • Brody Smith

    Romney. Club for Growth gives him a much better review, and I do not have any reason to distrust them.

  • CRB

    I was really hoping for a Steven Colbert candidacy! :)

  • CRB

    I was really hoping for a Steven Colbert candidacy! :)


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