If you talk to nearly any conservative voter, that is, one likely to vote in his or her state's Republican primary, you'll find very little deviation from Fred Thompson's positions on the issues. So why is it that Fred trails in the polls? The unfortunate answer is that too few voters back candidates based on issues. Instead, they select the least-offensive from among the front-runners according to the polls and who are getting the most press. Clearly, if voters actually did their homework, Fred Thompson and Duncan Hunter would be duking it out for the top spot with all other GOP candidates in the single digits. In Iowa, Fred is fighting tooth and nail for third place in the polls while Hunter barely registers.
A quick read through any relevant discussion thread on blogs like Hot Air reveals part of the problem. Most of the reader-commenters at Hot Air are pretty well informed on the issues and candidates. Still, one consistently finds comments along the lines of "I really like Fred (or Duncan) on all the issues, but I don't think he's got a chance so I'll hold my nose and vote for Joe Douchebag instead." What's up with that?
Another frequent theme specific to Fred is "I really like Fred, but he's got no fire in his belly...he just doesn't seem to like campaigning." So, Fred should perform tricks like a trained monkey to garner votes? Gimme a fucking break.
If we had an electorate with integrity and one that is as principled as they say they want their candidates to be, maybe we wouldn't end up with such abysmally crappy political leadership year after year.
Oh, and happy freakin' New Year.