Checking back through some old posts I found this gem from Fred Thompson. Fred ran a fairly short campaign, starting late showing us I believe only a small part of what I think he was capable of and then dropped out. Here’s Fred: -
You know, when I'm asked which of the current group of Democratic candidates I prefer to run against, I always say it really doesn't matter…These days all those candidates, all the Democratic leaders, are one and the same. They’re all NEA-MoveOn.org-ACLU-Michael Moore Democrats. They’ve allowed these radicals to take control of their party and dictate their course.
So this election is important not just to enact our conservative principles. This election is important to salvage a once-great political party from the grip of extremism and shake it back to its senses. It's time to give not just Republicans but independents, and, yes, good Democrats a chance to call a halt to the leftward lurch of the once-proud party of working people.
So in seeking the nomination of my own party, I want to say something a little unusual. I am asking my fellow Republicans to vote for me not only for what I have to say to them, but for what I have to say to the members of the other party—the millions of Democrats who haven't left the Democratic party so much as their party's national leadership has left them.
Some of those former candidates have a lot to offer the McCain campaign. Each has a fairly substantial group of voters they can bring to the party, and I hope they can find it in themselves to push hard to make sure Obama is not the winner.
I am not pushing for any of them to have the VP spot, the best person for that is Sarah Palin, who I am not sure actually wants the spot, but please oh please let it be her.
But Rudy, Fred, Mitt, and even the Huckster, can do a great deal to get us over the line.