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September 7, 2007
POLITICS: Club for Growth Reports

The Club for Growth, the supply-side advocacy group, has its report on Fred Thompson up. The Club's reports are very helpful in presenting the facts on each of the candidates, although of course there's a certain amount of editorializing you may or may not agree with. The Fred one notes his "generally pro-growth with an excellent record on entitlement reform and school choice and a very good record on taxes, regulation, and trade" but chides him on pork, tort reform and McCain-Feingold.

The Club gave a mainly positive writeup on Rudy, effectively grading him on a curve for the degree of difficulty of being pro-growth in NYC; a qualified positive writeup on Romney ("a mixture of pro-growth accomplishments and some troublesome positions that beg to be explained"), a harsh treatment of McCain for "the Senator’s vocal and class-warfare-laced opposition to the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts; his occasional but eager support for increased government regulation; his support for raising Social Security taxes; and his persistent attacks on political free speech in the form of the McCain-Feingold Act", a postive treatment of Sam Brownback other than his support for Bush's 2003 Medicare bill, and what can only be described as a hatchet job on Mike Huckabee. No word from the Club on whether reports on Hunter, Paul and Tancredo will be forthcoming.

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As I said yesterday, so far, and it is early in the game, Fred does not have the big glaring negatives that the other candidates all have.

Posted by: maddirishman at September 7, 2007 2:41 PM

Not that I give a hoot who the GOP nominates (unless it is Paul and everyone who watches the debates seems to like him, at least the Fox polls, much to Fox's distaste, seem to indicate that) but don't you think Thompson already looks bored with the process? Aside from eschewing a debate to announce his candidacy on a late night entertainment show (which seems a tad snarky as well as a little less than "showing respect for the office") from what little I have seen of him it is like he is simply reciting a laundry list of things he is for. If this all the charisma this guy can muster at the outset wouldn't you be a bit worried about his overall gumption and game plan?

Posted by: jim at September 7, 2007 4:31 PM
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