Saturday, December 01, 2007

Rush Limbaugh practically endorses Thompson

It's no surprise that Thompson stuck out as the true conservative. I would think that if Rush really wants a true conservative to win the nomination, he really should endorse Thompson.

RUSH: It was fascinating to me, as I said, to watch this because it hit me upside the head — even though, as I say, I instinctively knew this — that all of the top-tier candidates, because of these questions... See, there's always a silver lining in everything. There's always an upside. Some of you might not think of this as an upside or a silver lining, but the genuine moderate as opposed to conservative aspects of three of the top-tier, four of the top-tier candidates were on full-fledged display last night. There was one candidate who did not display any moderateness or liberalism or have any of his past forays into those areas displayed, and that candidate was Fred Thompson. Now, this is not an endorsement. You know, I don't endorse during primaries. I just point out: These are things I noticed, and I've told you during the course of this one campaign year that one of the things that's bothering me, is I'm a Reagan conservative, and I believe in conservatism. It's in my soul and it's in my heart, and I know it is the best way for us to manage our affairs to ensure the most prosperity for the most, to continue our freedom, to protect our country.

You can be 80%, but it depends on what the other 20% are, and I'm just telling you that last night, it was Huckabee and Rudy and Mitt Romney, because of these questions, who were all faced with the reality — and everybody watching saw it — that they've got some governance in their pasts that is not conservative, and this is something that just hit me. While everybody is talking about Fred Thompson, "He's too lazy. He's too lackadaisical. He doesn't seem to have whole lot of energy." Fine and dandy. I'm not going to argue with people about your perceptions of attitudes and so forth. I will say this. I don't think anybody would get into this mess running for the presidency, the media and all of these things. You can't imagine what these people go through. You wouldn't want to go through it, and I can't imagine somebody put themselves through it if they really don't want it.
I hope that this quasi endorsement gives Thompson a little boast in his poll numbers.