Thursday, April 5, 2007
Personal Asides: Fred Thompson Making it a Race The New Sun-Times? Underwhelming.
As my weekly column in The Wanderer shows, former U. S. Senator Fred Thompson is making it a horse-race by peeling poll numbers off Rudy Giulianis hide. If Thompson proves to be as good a campaigner as his advance billing says, he may well become the latest darling of social conservatives a group that has some dissidents who have been dissatisfied with all the Big 3 for one reason or another. Somehow because Ive been writing some good things about Rudy (while at the same time saying that I wasnt endorsing him or anyone else) the idea has come forth that Im for Rudy. Nope. Thats not what I said.
At this point, with the Republican party experiencing the lowest doldrums since Watergate, Im playing the unlikely role of pragmatist. I believe any of the Republican choices would be insuperably better than Obama, Hillary or Edwards. There are some who say that if the winner is Rudy, theyll stay home or vote for the Constitution Party candidate. They can do what they wish but that aint me, kids. The stakes are far too great from every perspective to enjoy the luxury of sulking in the tent. Thats only for Janssenist purists, not me.
Rudy made a big mistake yesterday, I believe, in coming out once more for public funding of abortions. But hear me out: if Rudy is the nominee, Im for him. If Fred Thompson is the nominee, Im enthusiastically for him (as of now, this early in the race). If Romney is the nominee, Ill be enthusiastically for him basis his excellent managerial skills. And if any of the rest are nominated Newt Duncan Hunter Ron Paul Tommy Thompson you name him--Ill be for any of these wholeheartedly because the survival of this nation is at stake. I havent done this before. The times have so changed for the worse that this is the only prudent course for me to take.
The one thing you wont hear me say after the convention is no-no, I cant vote Republican because our guy has freckles or said something at a church picnic in 1996 that isnt kosher or didnt sufficiently pursue the social conservative mantra as governor or has a bad marital record. There was once a time when the Democratic party was worthy of being considered as a second choice. That time has long passed. To my mind, there is absolutely no option but to vote for the Republican nominee for president.
The New Sun-Times.
The drastically remodeled Sun-Times that appeared yesterday was underwhelming to me. It makes the old massively-headlined (with railroad type) version look attractivewhich is a hard thing to do. The reason I dont like the new one is that so much space is given to glitzy graphics, the copy has to be slashed accordingly. Attention-getting graphics are great but when they are at the expense of the news coverage, its short-sighted. What do you think?