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Fred Thompson's Blogroll:

Fred Thompson has said he is going to run a "new style" campaign, making use of the Internet. In that vein, I think it is interesting that his campaign blog has a blogroll--and that we're on it.

Also, if you check out his blog, they posted an interview yesterday by Peter Robinson with Senator Thompson filmed at the Hoover Institution. Particularly interesting is a brief colloquy about eight minutes in or so where Peter asks Thompson how he became a conservative, and Thompson mentions reading Barry Goldwater's "Conscience of a Conservative." To this day it remains striking to me for how many people Goldwater's book was a gateway into conservative ideas and the conservative movement.

liberty (mail) (www):
Yeah, all I can think is "which one of these is not like the others?" ...
6.14.2007 4:43pm
plunge (mail):
Let me be the first person to say on Thompson's new blogroll then that he is a singularly unimpressive candidate with an entirely phony pickup truck shtick that is as comical as Edwards' hairdos.
6.14.2007 4:43pm
e:
plunge - Are you confusing him with George Allen? I'm willing to hear more, but the field may be too crowded.
6.14.2007 4:51pm
uh clem (mail):
To this day it remains striking to me for how many people Goldwater's book was a gateway into conservative ideas and the conservative movement.

Do you think he's actually read it? Or is it just another pickup truck?

Everybody knows that the campaign aids brief the canditates on how to answer questions like this, for instance citing "The Bible" when asked what book has influenced you the most?

Ok. Maybe he's not a phony. But he's got some work to do to prove it.
6.14.2007 5:01pm
Jay (mail):
A wooden nickel to any person who can identify an actual Goldwater Conservative holding a high position in the executive or legislative branch.
6.14.2007 5:01pm
plunge (mail):
I wonder how this is going to to turn out: what happens if one of the linked blogs starts actively supporting a different primary candidate? Or what if it is caught saying something retroactively offensive, a la Edwards. Will it be removed? Generally campaign sites like to control the message. Maybe Thompson will be different. But sometimes, it turns out that the things politicians do: like controlling the message, are done for good reasons.
6.14.2007 5:04pm
Martin Ammorgan (mail):
Why would you be surprised this website is on it? With all due respect, some of the finest Republican/administration supporting sophistry going is posted here.
6.14.2007 5:14pm
Zywicki (mail):
Martin: I was just surprised that he had a blogroll at all (for the reasons plunge notes). I haven't done a comprehensive review, but do any of the other candidates even have a blogroll?

uh clem: Did you watch the interview clip? Obviously, I can't say for sure what books he actually read 44 years ago. But his answer sure sounded sincere to me.
6.14.2007 5:43pm
Cornellian (mail):
If he's really a Goldwater Republican he must be aghast at how totally the Republican party and this administration in particular has repudiated virtually everything Goldwater stood for.
6.14.2007 5:44pm
whackjobbbb:
Hey, as long as he does his pick up truck schtick with a Ford... he's got my vote!


Don't see what all the big fuss is about this guy's acting ability though, he never impressed me all that much, although can't say as I've ever watched his new tv show. And he'll have to explain how he glossed over investigations into the S&L stuff and offshore Chinese campaign money business... and that will arise eventually you may depend (to the detriment of more than him in this campaign, I expect).
6.14.2007 5:47pm
The Emperor (www):
Jay,

Do you mean aside from Barry Goldwater?
6.14.2007 6:17pm
gab:
It would almost be worth it to have Fred in the WH just so's we could look at his wife for 4 years (or 8.)
6.14.2007 6:22pm
PersonFromPorlock:
Martin Ammorgan:

Why would you be surprised this website is on it? With all due respect, some of the finest Republican/administration supporting sophistry going is posted here.

Well, another possibility is that the fatal penchant of Liberals for snideness over substance is so frequently demonstrated.
6.14.2007 7:18pm
Martin Ammorgan (mail):
Yes that was a little snide-sorry Todd. OTOH, it was pretty accurate.
6.14.2007 7:56pm
JNS405:
So Thompson's a conservative now? Interesting.
6.14.2007 8:56pm
Dave N (mail):
JNS:

No, Thompson is a "right-wing zealot" so you can ignore his views. Hillary is the conservative and Edwards is the moderate (and of course, the late Senator Paul Wellstone and the current Senator Bernie Sanders are only slightly left of center--as is St. Ted of Massachusetts).
6.14.2007 9:14pm
Shake-N-Bake:
Thompson isn't a conservative, he's a Republican. He pays lip service to conservative principles, but in reality he sure sounds like he supports almost everything Bush has done and is doing. Seeing as Bush has been unmasked as anything but a conservative, I'd say that means Thompson almost certainly isn't either.
6.14.2007 9:25pm
Bruce Hayden (mail) (www):
I would disagree with Shake, at least from what I read at Thompson's site. For one thing, he appears opposed to the President's immigration bill.
6.14.2007 10:39pm
jam:
"new style" smorgashbord

Have yet to hear of Ron Paul's internet phenomenom?

Of course, the question is: Will Dr. Ron Paul's internet numbers translate to actual primary votes?

We will see.

I am one of the former GOP members, I quit the party officially after W's 2nd run for governor of Texas. When W ran for governor of Texas is when I began my exodus from the GOP into 3rd party voting. Up to that point I voted Republican, except for a couple of local pro-life judges.

I am voting for Dr. Paul in the GOP primaries.
6.14.2007 11:28pm
jam:
Oops.

except for a couple of local Democrat pro-life judges.
6.14.2007 11:29pm