Rush Limbaugh and Fred Thompson
By Chris Davis
Jan 17, 2008
No! Rush Limbaugh hasn't endorsed Senator Fred Thompson. He hasn't endorsed any Republican candidate for President of the United States. In fact, he's gone out of his way not to endorse anyone. He wants to endorse a candidate, but the problem is that no one has emerged.
You can hear it in Limbaugh’s voice and see it in his face. He badly wants to throw the full weight of conservatism behind that candidate. He so desperately wants to that his teeth probably hurt. He’s waiting, waiting for someone to take the lead. Get noticed. He’s waiting for someone to give him the go ahead to cream the opposition.
You can hear the excitement in Rush’s voice when he talks about the South Carolina primary. It’s “The Passion.” The passion of conservatism emerging when he talks about that primary. Why, you ask? Because, for the first time since the primaries have begun, conservative Republicans will be voting for fellow conservative Republicans.
That very fact gives Limbaugh hope. The very promise of a conservative Republican candidate, a candidate with a record of consistent, conservative credentials, credentials that will shake the very foundations of America, brining back that agenda of conservatism that President Reagan expressed so well.
How do you know? How is it that some second-rate hack knows what Limbaugh is thinking? I’ll tell you how. It’s because I believe the same thing. It’s because I believe in America, from the Founding Fathers and into the future, and it’s because I had the greatest teacher of conservatism in my limited lifetime: Rush Hudson Limbaugh III.
Rush Limbaugh believes in conservatism. It’s engrained in his soul. He introduced me to it, and now it’s engrained in my soul. I can recognize it like a tick on a white dog. It’s as obvious as that.
I recognize it in Senator Fred Thompson, and so does Rush Limbaugh. He’s hinted, he’s implied, and he’s even begged conservatives to see what he sees in Fred Thompson. He sees conservatism, the same kind of conservatism he saw in Ronald Reagan. He doesn’t want long, bloated policy. He wants simple, effervescent conservatism for Americans to unfold before their very eyes.
Rush has mentioned Fred Thompson many times behind the Golden EIB microphone. Behind the microphone, his animation and passion for conservatism have been heard and seen many times for Senator Fred Dalton Thompson.
On November 29, 2007, after the CNN/You Tube debate, Rush stated, “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.
On December 5, 2007, after Senator Thompson appeared on Charlie Rose, Rush commented on Thompson answer to what he thought a conservative was today. Rush stated on Thompson’s answer saying, “Now, this is just fabulous to me, this is just great. Here Charlie Rose asks Fred Thompson, “Well, what is a conservative today anyway?” So Fred gives his definition of a conservative, and Charlie says, “Well, wait a minute. I didn't hear anything about abortion, or gay rights, all the things that have been part of recent presidential elections.” Here's how Fred answered that, because Charlie Rose came back and said, “Principles? What do you mean principles?”
And finally, on January 11, 2008, after the Republican debate in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Rush stated, “Where has this been? Everybody is asking, “Where has this been,” besides on this program? Where has this been in the context of the Republican debates? When I got home from dinner last night and started checking e-mail both from friends and just others, it was just shy of orgasmic -- there was so much excitement and happiness, and people were also frustrated, where's this been? Fred's finally come alive. This is an annunciation of the conservative agenda that has not been present in their debates before, and everybody has known, a lot of people have known it's there. It just hasn't surfaced.
So now, because of Fred's stellar performance last night -- I should say Senator Thompson’s stellar performance, guess what’s happening? It's predictable. The Drive-Bys, media commentators, the pundits who ought to be so ashamed of blowing New Hampshire as badly as they did, they shouldn't be able to show their face, they suffer no embarrassment whatsoever, they are saying it's too little, too late. We had two states. We had the Hawkeye Cauci; we've had New Hampshire. We had two states. It's too late? Fred doesn't have a chance? Just wait 'til we get to these states where there are full-fledged conservative Republicans, not like New Hampshire, where McCain won the election with Democrats and independents. Mitt Romney got a majority of the Republican vote in New Hampshire. But the Republicans, in a Republican primary, were outnumbered by Democrats and independents.”
These are merely three different times of the one hundred and fourteen times that Rush Limbaugh has mentioned Fred Thompson in relation to conservatism. It’s “The Passion,” the passion for conservatism, the passion that drives us all in defense of liberty, limited government and a free market economy.
I’ve discovered conservatism in Senator Fred Thompson, Rush has obviously discovered it in Senator Fred Thompson, and we’re all wondering why conservative Republicans haven’t discovered it in Senator Fred Thompson.
So, if Rush Limbaugh has supported Senator Fred Thompson, why don’t you?
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