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I like you Mitt, but I’m just not ready to move on yet.

Posted in politics with tags , , on January 24, 2008 by mrbitterness

A quick glance at my Tag Cloud makes it pretty obvious — I was heavily invested, emotionally, in Fred Thompson’s candidacy. He seemed like the one option in the voting booth that would leave me with a clear conscience. But Fred’s campaign never really got off the ground; I see no need to speculate the whys … this is how it is.

As a Fredhead, I got noticed, a little bit at least. It made me feel good to see the lower casefiles mentioned alongside blogosphere favorites like IMAO or Right Wing Nuthouse. But what I never considered was that someone else had noticed that I had been noticed.

I got an email from Romney’s communications director yesterday, asking me to blog about Mitt. While I was a bit flattered (someone noticed me when I wasn’t just gaming the system), I feel a lot like Rick Moran describes in PJM today.

Pajamas Media: Wooing Fredheads

Being wooed in this manner would be flattering if the attentions were wanted. I guess now I know how Britney Spears feels. Well, I would if I were an ex-teenage pop star with mental health issues and an impulse control problem. Perhaps a better analogy would be woman being pursued by several suitors, who, while uninterested in spending the rest of her life with them, doesn’t wish to hurt their feelings to the point that they would forego giving her the expensive presents and nights on the town she has become accustomed to.In this vein, I have decided not to support any candidate in the primaries and to revisit the issue once the GOP chooses a nominee. Judging from what I’ve read from many of my fellow Fredheads, I am not alone in choosing this path — although I’m certainly not in the majority.

With the options currently available, I’m pretty likely to choose Mitt Romney in the voting booth Feb. 5. But I’m not sure I can truly get behind Mitt the way I did Fred.

Fred was someone I was excited about, someone I wanted to see as leader of the free world. I mean, if it can’t be me, why not a guy who’s from my home state (born in Sheffield, Ala.), cares about the issues I do (Kill the terrorists, protect the borders, punch the hippies — to quote IMAO) and who stars in my favorite TV show of all time (I know that’s a silly justification, sue me).

I just don’t see enough of me in Mitt to go blog-ass-crazy for Romney. I think he’ll do a passable job; I’m certainly more comfortable voting for him than the other remainders in the field.

But for us to “go steady,” with me as a full-time booster? I’m sorry Mitt. I just don’t think of you that way. Gimme a call in a few weeks; maybe we can get together.


i can’t believe I didn’t know this

Posted in politics with tags , , on January 11, 2008 by mrbitterness

Or maybe I did and just forgot. Fred Thompson is a native Alabamian, born and raised in Sheffield. He even began his college career at Florence State C.C., now known as the University of North Alabama.

Fred Thompson – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Early life and educationThompson was born in Sheffield, Alabama, the son of Ruth Inez (née Bradley) and Fletcher Session Thompson.[9][10] He attended public school in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, graduating from Lawrence County High School. Thereafter, he worked days in the local post office and nights at a bicycle assembly plant.[11]

Thompson entered Florence State College, now the University of North Alabama, becoming the first member of his family to go to college.[12] He later transferred to Memphis State University, now the University of Memphis, where he earned a double-major in philosophy and political science in 1964, as well as scholarships to both Tulane and Vanderbilt law schools.[11] He went on to earn his J.D. degree from Vanderbilt in 1967.[12]

I now know he went to UNA, I know he served the Volunteer State in the Senate. It’s not quite accurate in this case, but I’ve always preferred one phrase for the moments where most Americans would say “hell yeah!”

Roll Tide! 

Also, give Fred money.

BLOGBURST FOR FRED: Battle stations!

Posted in politics with tags , , , on January 11, 2008 by mrbitterness

Again, this comes with the caveat that I have virtually no readers, nor is my wallet chunky enough to help Sen. Fred Thompson much in South Carolina. But Right Wing Nuthouse does, so go here to MAN THE OARS AND START PULLING!

We need someone like Fred. I’m pretty cynical most times, and rarely prone to trust any politician. But Fred seems more sincere than any of the other candidates, all of which have a position or two I consider No-Fly Zones. He’s not going to get any love from the media. They can’t prop him up for a comeback like they did Maverick McCain, because they can’t figure out how they’ll knock him down in time for the General Election.

So it’s up to us, the little guys, to give whatever tuppence we have. In my case, just words. Go Fred, to victory in S.C., then some other places, then some other places, and then to The White House. Yeeeearrrrgh! (so they were Howard Dean’s words, sue me; I never specified they’d be mine)