Twenty Minutes of Fred Thompson!!!

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is skipping the Republican National Convention this week in Minnesota to manage an ongoing budget dispute in Sacramento. Republican officials say Fred Thompson will take his place in the prime-time lineup Monday night and onetime presidential candidate will have nearly three times longer to speak than he was originally given for his speech on Tuesday.

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Finally something worth watching at the GOP Convention: first Palin, now Thompson! It keeps getting better and better.

Wacky McCain Prediction

Everyone who likely could be McCain’s VP choice has denied it or is rumored to not be in Ohio with McCain, except for Romney who will be there. I don’t see it being him, and following on a comment at The Corner that it would be completely like McCain to pick someone who hasn’t been part of the conversation, I’m going out on a limb and predicting Fred Thompson. They’re good friends and it would be a pleasure to watch Thompson shred Biden in a debate.

“He Should Have Punched More Hippies”

Jim Geraghty Writes:

There will be a lot of post-mortems written about the Fred Thompson campaign, an effort that put together a lot of bright, hardworking people.

But for now, a variation of something I said to some other conservative bloggers earlier today: Thompson more or less “debuted” with the 60 second video responding to Michael Moore, one of the most brilliant media messages we’ve seen in a long while from a conservative.

I think one of the reasons that video struck a chord with so many righty bloggers was because we’re constantly seeing, and confronting, insane political rhetoric from the left. It’s maybe even a an obsession of righty bloggers, or perhaps we give it more attention than it deserves. But every time Michael Moore, Rosie O’Donnell or Cindy Sheehan spout off, or Charlie Sheen goes off on his 9/11 conspiracy theories… every time Nancy Pelosi goes to meet with a dictator, or a prominent Democrat refuses to acknowledge progress in Iraq, or somebody on either side of the aisle suggests that wanting immigration law enforced is inherently racist, every time somebody puts out some insane conspiracy theory that suggests President Bush is behind terror attacks…

We on the right hear it, we get driven up the wall by it, we try to push back in our own limited way, and we’re waiting for somebody with a bigger megaphone than us to push back. Very few high-profile Republicans give a full-throated pushback because A) they don’t see it if they’re up to their noses in legislative work on Capitol Hill or in the White House all day and B) they probably see responding to some fat propagandist or screeching antiwar widow-turned-celebrity as beneath them. (I realize this is a separate issue, but this helps explain some of Ann Coulter’s appeal even when she goes too far – there is nobody on the left she won’t take on).

Along comes Fred, who doesn’t act as if rebutting Moore’s propaganda is beneath him, and he points out that Moore likes to snuggle with censoring, brutal dictators, he suggests Moore is mentally unstable… and we loved it. We’ve been looking for this combativeness from a conservative for years, and it makes Giuliani’s “I don’t need Michael Moore to tell me about 9/11” sound like Marquess de Queensbury rules. To quote Frank J, we’ve been looking for somebody to “punch the hippies.”

Alas, there was little to none of that from Fred once he became a candidate. It became a fairly ordinary campaign, despite having some good folks around him.

That sums up the campaign well, I think. While he was the only solid conservative in the first or second tier, he never caught fire, due to his seemingly laid-back nature. If only he had “punched more hippies,” indeed.

Looks like the only choice left is Romney, if for no other reason than he’s the least objectionable, assuming he’s not lying through his teeth and his (many) policy conversions are, in fact, genuine. If they’re not, conservatives are just screwed this election. It may well benefit the conservative movement for the Democrat nominee to win at this rate to give us time to regroup and plan for the future.

I may still write in Thompson’s name in November.

Thompson would wait on economic stimulus

Thompson would wait on economic stimulus – Yahoo! News

More seriously, he said he was not ready to embrace a stimulus package.

“We’re all concerned about the direction of the economy,” said the former Tennessee senator. “We’ve had a good run, but we can’t take growth for granted.” He said “we’ve got to have a potential stimulus package on the table to be discussed if it would make sense to be used in short order, but we’re not quite there yet.”

And doing nothing might leave the economy stronger, he said.

“There’s a case to be made for that,” he said. “And it just requires strong heads at the table and not snap judgments, you know, by politicians on the road trying to think of something smart to say in 30 seconds.”

Every time I read something about Fred Thompson I like him more. While the rest of the political world is running around outbidding each other in the size of the stimulus they want to provide (Hillary bid $70 billion then Obama bid $75. Or maybe I have that backwards, it’s not like it matters. And apparently Bush is pushing for a $150 billion package. Geez.) Thompson is alone in recognizing that all of this is pointless, and possibly harmful if we do it the wrong way. A few reasons why none of these proposals will likely do any good:

1) They’re just passing money around, not creating new wealth: all these proposal are doing is taking money from column A and putting it into Column B. That’s not a stimulus, that’s redecorating. The money will either come from borrowing money (which means the government will be crowding out others from the bond market), new taxes (which will be robbing Peter to pay Paul in the truest sense of that phrase), or the worst case scenario, creating new money, thereby adding to inflation and decreasing the value of the money we already have.)
2) Most estimates put this at a short and shallow recession, if one occurs at all. Given the slowness of the political process and the federal bureaucracy, by the time this whole process plays out the recession may be over, if it ever happens at all.
3) If you really want to help the economy, don’t do it with a short-term outlook, do something that will help for a long time: cut taxes permanently. Businesses aren’t going to increase their hiring or output based on a short-term policy change: that would bind them to a higher staffing level in the long term for a short-term gain. So, do something that will give them the confidence that this change will last: cut their taxes, remove regulatory impediment. If businesses see that any gain in production will be short-lived, they’ll just get through it with increased overtime or temporary workers. If we want a more lasting increase in employment, we need to give them a reason to do so. So them some reason to believe that government will get out of their way for an extended period of time.

I’ve long felt that Thompson was the only candidate in the race with a pair, but now it seems he’s the only one with a brain too.