Friday, January 25, 2008

O Ye of Little Faith; Who Said Fred Is Dead?


Well, Fred said it himself. Many of us had great hopes for Fred. Being called a Fredhead was analogous to calling Ronald Regan a cowboy; meant as an insult but received by the faithful with pride [sort of reminiscent of the line from Hunt for Red October when Ramius said to Borodin that Mancuso is a "buckaroo"]. Fred is a consistent conservative with a federalism mindset. He is intelligent and presents himself publicly without pretense as he is purported to be in private life. Fred is an antonym of both the remaining Democrat and Republican candidates. I believe he diminished his support base by delaying his announcement of his intention to run. When he said that he was out of the race I was disappointed, but understood that he didn’t have much of a chance against the flashy and hypocritical styles of the front-runners. There are some who has not given up the possibility of a Fred resurrection.

This is worth a read. Steven Stark states some possiblities at RealClear Polotics:

Yes, he's been a reluctant suitor. And, yes, he didn't prove himself to be a terrific candidate. But he has always been the establishment's choice. The flip side of his failure to articulate much of a platform is that he hasn't really alienated anybody. He certainly looks like a president, so much so that he's played two in the movies. And he's been vetted: though there are no shining accomplishments, there are also no skeletons in the closet (which actually puts him one up on Harding).

It would be absurd to suggest that Fred's failure to do well was part of some grand strategy. But this year, it would be equally absurd to write him off just because he was a disappointing candidate. When conventions deadlock, history teaches us that yesterday's disappointments become tomorrow's stars. If McCain can't stampede to the nomination and Super Tuesday doesn't produce another clear front-runner, we may not have heard the last of Fred, even if he doesn't believe it himself.
Since John Bolton isn’t a candidate, Margaret Thatcher is British, Mark Steyn is Canadian; there is no one that I am willing to support.

Stark makes plausible reasons why there is still the possibility for a worthy presidential candidate. I guess that even a dark horse can sometimes win, though it may not seem to be the best way to make a wager.

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