So there is much criticism in the MSM over Fred! these days. Every time one hears about Fred in the news, it is a scathing litany of commentary about how “unprepared” and “lazy” he is.
I have to wonder now… this raft of doom and gloom focusing on his apparent gaffes and “lackadaisical” mannerisms — much it polished to a glaring sheen by pundits controlled by the ultra-leftist, defeatist mainstream media (MSM) - wouldn’t it have already managed to have sunk Fred’s fledgling campaign back down to the ranks of a Brownback or a Huckabee?
Don’t get me wrong here - Mike Huckabee is nearly 99% on board with what I’d like to see in a Presidential candidate; but he has about a snowball’s chance in an a Death Valley’s July of making the nomination. And with a ponderous name like “Huckabee”, it simply lacks the thunderous weight of a “Thompson” or the monosyllabic down to earth simplicity of a “Fred!”. With Fred’s second/nearly tied place with cross-dressing dysfunctional family man Rudy Guliani, and Fred’s 85% convergence with my wishes for the next man to sit in the Oval Office, Fred! is the horse I’ll back.
Given all the MSM’s propagandizing against the Fred!… one would think that Fred would have fallen behind, left in the dust kicked up by all the other Republic contenders and (probable) no-names. Funny thing that, with the Rasmussen polls showing Fred tying with Rudy G., or even ahead of him by a percentage point (statistically insignificant, I know).
Other polls, such as the one on Real Clear Politics show him six or seven percentage points behind Rudy G. — again, not a great big difference. Rudy G. (or Fred) are neck and neck, and currently, there is no clear front-runner as Hitlary Hillary Clinton leads the pack of Dhimmicrats Democratic contenders.
Now as far as I am concerned, Fred is the best bet. Granted, he lacks as far as identifying with the “evangelicals” (which in my opinion, may actually be a good thing)… but I wouldn’t seeing him make some statement affirming some support of socially conservative positions. At least, as a matter of his personal opinion, even if he goes on to qualify that in light of his strict constructionist ideas of leaving certain decisions (such as abortion issues, observance of religious practices or ideas in public schools, and gay marriage) to be decided by the many states’ legislatures.
Although my personal views on those two issues are quite conservative - I can accept his ideas to leave such decisions to the states; I can agree that the Federal courts (including but not limited to the SCOTUS and the various district courts) should not have to adjudicate on issues not within the scope of the Federal Government.
By this measure, a mostly red state with a high concentration of Christians or “evangelicals” could more conveniently pass legislation barring gay marriage or legislation that requires parental consent for female minors seeking abortions, or limits upon when an abortion can be performed (such as first trimester only, or only by special exceptions such as rape and incest).
Accordingly, a coastal blue state with a surfeit of atheists and liberals would likely legislate gay marriages and strict gun ownership controls without less worry about a “reactionary judge” ruining their day.
But I really would like to see Fred study up on the relevant issues he will likely have to give an answer to in each of the states he tours through. Saying things like “Well, I really haven’t followed the Schiavo case enough to give a knowledgeable answer” (or words to that effect) during his time in Florida really did not score points, even when not using the leftist MSM yardstick.
I mean, if you are going to play both ends against the middle with touchy issues, Fred should have his speech writers come up with something that can give a much more graceful non-answer than that. And on some issues, you shouldn’t be afraid to veer to the right if the neutral answer is going to earn you scorn on both sides.
Let’s hope and pray that Fred (and even more so, his speech writers) can pick up the slack, lest Rudy G. (ugh!) pick up a lead from which he can’t hope to surpass.