March 26, 2007

THE NEXT W:

Yes, the next Reagan (Bruce Walker, March 26, 2007, Enter Stage Right)

Two months ago, I wrote an article, "The Next Reagan," in which I outlined many of the reasons why Fred Thompson will be the next Ronald Reagan. Events since then have confirmed my arguments. I predict that Fred Thompson will enter the Republican nomination, that he will win it fairly easily, and that he will also defeat Hillary comfortably in the presidential election.

He can't actually win the nomination from John McCain, but given Maverick's age it's smart to be positioned to take over should health problems intervene.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 26, 2007 7:06 AM
Comments

OJ,

Have you ever considered that McCain is flawed, and lacks what it takes to win?

Speaking of flaws, W will fail to win the "conservative" mantle from Reagan, despite the many reasons you outline so often. He too has flaws that will cost him that mantle.

Though Bush promotes many good policies that should sit him in good stead with conservatives, his administration is too saddled with either real or perceived incompetence.

An administration on a mission would never have let so many bottom feeders (Rove, Chertoff, Gonzales, Haliburton/KBR) dictate so much policy (while enriching themselves in the process).

Further, a competent administration would never have been caught so flat-footed by Katrina, nor rewarded boobs like Tenet.

There was always something off kilter about Ws crowd, and we saw in first in IL in 2000 with the embrace of G Ryan (already hated and a known scumbag). Loyalty to vermin isn't good policy, and this administration will pay for its embrace of their ethics.

Posted by: Bruno at March 26, 2007 7:33 AM

Flaws have nothing to do with who wins the nomination. It's politics, not mathematics.

Posted by: oj at March 26, 2007 8:35 AM

Bruno - Perhaps you're not old enough to remember that the Reagan admin had its full share of boobs and incompetents (Watt, Stockman, etc). For Katrina the Bush admin should be faulted for assuming the local govt was competent - perhaps watching Florida/Alabama/other handle storms lulled them into complacency.

You can go back and easily find a dozen or so actions by the Reagan admin that people didn't like - tax hikes, Beirut, etc - that have paled over time. OJ's argument is that the same will happen with W's admin.

Posted by: AWW at March 26, 2007 8:38 AM

Within one month of announcing (if he does) Thompson will garner more support than McCain. Politics have nothing to do about it. The presidency is getting to be a personality contest.

Posted by: AllenS at March 26, 2007 10:06 AM

It's only ever a matter of personality, that's a function of the American consensus.

Posted by: oj at March 26, 2007 10:39 AM

Strange to say he can't beat McCain, McC is about dead in the water at the moment. I think the people are looking sceptically at all the current 'runners' on both sides of the fence and they're not too happy at what they see. I wouldn't mind seeing Rudi as pres, but otherwise it's 'none of the above' for me.

Posted by: ligneus at March 26, 2007 11:00 AM

Personality? How then to explain Stevenson, Nixon, McGovern, Carter, Mondale, Bush père, Dole -- have I left anyone out ?????

Posted by: erp at March 26, 2007 11:00 AM

erp,

I said: "The presidency is getting to be..." not, always has been the case.

Posted by: AllenS at March 26, 2007 11:07 AM

W may be compared the James Knox Polk for unappreciated brilliance. His failing has been underestimation of the perfidy of the opposition.

Posted by: Lou Gots at March 26, 2007 11:24 AM
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