Is McCain hotheaded--or just pampered?

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March 10 2008 3:34 AM

McCain's Not Unhinged!

His bullying is tactical.

(Continued from Page 44)

The upshot is that the current lack of a "Reagan" candidate is a historical accident (unless you also want to blame Bush for failing to put in place an adequate successor).  Mitt Romney didn't have to be a Mormon. Fred Thompson--or someone like him--could have put the Coalition back together. Bush's damage turned out not to be irreperable: The war in Iraq is fading. Immigrant semi-amnesty can (and probably will) be postponed. That makes Thompson's failure all the greater, and all the more personal. As Byron York writes:

Last night I talked with Cyndi Mosteller, a strong social conservative who headed the Charleston County Republican Party from 2003 to 2007 and who supports McCain.  When I asked about Thompson, she said.  "He was the most anticipated candidate that I have ever seen.  So many people on the ground were ready to run the ball for him, and they showed up in strength, but he didn't really show up in strength.  I think that probably Thompson is more of a private person.  I don't really think he's cut out for the public run required of public office.  I think it's almost a personality thing; it's certainly not an ideological thing.  It's like the public energy and the will to run are a little bit lacking there."  Talk to other South Carolina conservatives, no matter who they supported, and you'll hear similar opinions.  Thompson had a huge opportunity here.

P.S.: After reading York's note, I'm finally ready to concede thatSlate's John Dickerson was way righter than I was when he argued that Thompson blew his best opportunity last year, when he wasn't ready for prime time in Iowa. ... 1:05 A.M. link

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Monday, January 21, 2008

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So you have amnesty in that basket [E.A.]:

"if you have to earn your way to citizenship, that is not amnesty, and yet we're going to hear that over and over again from the critics of this bill"--Fred Barnes, Fox, March 25, 2006

"of course, it's not an amnesty"--Fred Barnes, Fox, May 16, 2006 (discussing Bush's immigration initiative)

Obama may be different from Clinton and Edwards in style and personality, but the three are ideological peas in a pod. They basically agree on health care (more government involvement), taxes (higher), immigration (amnesty in one form or another),--Fred Barnes, Weekly Standard, 1/28/08

Translation: It's only "amnesty" when Democrats propose it. ... 10:07 P.M.

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Sunday, January 20, 2008