Fred Thompson Wins Republican Debate in South Carolina

by Mike on January 10, 2008

in Election 2008,Pop Culture

Fred Thompson was the big winner in tonight’s Republican debate on Fox News and it wasn’t even close. He was authoritative, passionate, and articulate. More importantly, he reiterated the fact that he is most consistent conservative in the race. He supports lower taxes, limited government, the War on Terror, cracking down on illegal immigration, and the rights of the unborn. He delivered the best one liners of the evening, called out Mike Huckabee’s numerous liberal positions, and reminded us that enemies who threaten America are closer to meeting their virgins than they realize. Fred Thompson came across as the only across-the-board conservative on the stage tonight, and that’s because he is the only across-the-board conservative in the race.

The other candidates did fine for the most part. Mike Huckabee stood out for his passionate defense of faith as always. Rudy Giuliani correctly reminded voters that not all change is positive. John McCain had a great moment when he baited Ron Paul on foreign policy. Others did not do so well. Although I watched this debate, I’m still not sure that Mitt Romney was actually there, and Ron Paul once again provided the unintentional comedy. This was a sideshow however. Fred bested them all tonight in a blowout.

Debate winners do not always win the next primary, but fortunately this situation is different than the New Hampshire debates held one to two days before the voting. With the South Carolina primary still nine days away, Thompson will have the opportunity to ride the Palmetto momentum that should surface soon. If conservative South Carolinians recognize their own, the dynamics of our primary may change once again.

UPDATE: Here is Fred Thompson’s first home run of the night, exposing Huckabee’s liberal positions in a way Romney should have done in Iowa.

Video link via Hot Air, which also links to Frank Luntz’s focus group. See also one of the happiest evenings ever on Blogs For Thompson, and the Right Wing News liveblog.

UPDATE 2: Also via Hot Air, Fred, on Iran’s recent shenanigans.

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Suzy Ganyon January 10, 2008 at 11:50 pm

I am disappointed that the conservative party are scared to death they will lose the election. They are willing to forfeit their own conservative values for liberal views by tonights candidates.
Excuse me but I refuse to give up. You may think it is late but better late then never to realize the true conservative is Fred!!! I guess the candidates for President are going to be liberal only this election.


Ryan January 11, 2008 at 4:18 pm

Fred was awesome last night! Where was this in Iowa and New Hampshire? He was impassioned, articulate and definitely a presense in the debate and someone to watch in this race.

Is it too late, though? I don’t think so. Just like my guy Romney needed to win Iowa, needed to win New Hampshire, needs to win Michigan, and so forth, with Super Tuesday’s 22 contests, no one is out until February 6. If Thompson doesn’t win in South Carolina, but comes in a strong second or third, he might be knocking on the door towards the nomination. My initial hesitancy with supporting Thompson is that although he is conservative and Presidential, he had low energy, wasn’t enthusiastic and didn’t seem really into the whole thing. I saw something different last night and I hope it sticks.


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