Maybe Not The Smartest Move

It’s important to remember that when Fred Thompson enters the campaign as a true conservative, this is a nod towards specific deficiencies within the current GOP field.  It’s not that there already aren’t a couple of candidates that wear the actual mantle of actual conservatism.  Ron Paul can level the field on being conservative, so actual conservatism doesn’t really mean much.

What does is the people that Fred is specifically trying to woo away from the others crowding the top tier of the Republican presidential race.

In this case, we’re talking the religious right crowd.  The big three sans Fred Thompson, the good ol’ Rudy McRomney trifecta (Gilmore’s campaign, RIP. Alas you left us too… wait… no you didn’t leave soon enough, nevermind) each have their troubles when it comes to attracting the faith based voters that have come to be at the very least a crutch for the GOP.

McCain, after condemning the religious right, upon remembering he was running for president as a Republican sought to win them over, but to little avail.  Meanwhile, Rudy’s cross dressing, gay loving, abortion accepting, cousin marrying, and then divorcing lifestyle tends to rub religious voters the wrong way.

And then there is Mitt Romney. Not that there is anything wrong with Mormonism mind you, it’s just that a lot of Christians don’t think it counts.  Definitely not enough to elect a mormon for president.

Previous data has shown that these religious voters had in the past largely tipped in Rudy’s favor, overlooking his not so stellar bid on issues of faith in favor of his electability.  Thank God for Fred…

Or maybe not:

Republican presidential contender Fred Thompson, who has based his campaign on appealing to conservative voters, said he isn’t a regular churchgoer and doesn’t plan to speak about his religion on the stump.

Thompson, in his first campaign stop in South Carolina, told a crowd of about 500 Republicans yesterday that he gained his values from “sitting around the kitchen table” with his parents and “the good Church of Christ.”

Talking to reporters later, Thompson, a former Tennessee senator, said his church attendance “varies.”

“I attend church when I’m in Tennessee. I’m in McLean right now,” he said referring to the Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C., where he lives. “I don’t attend regularly when I’m up there.”

Thompson said he usually attends church when visiting his mother in Tennessee and isn’t a member of any church in the Washington area.

Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see it.  I hate how prominent personal faith has become in modern politics, and think we would all be better served if people kept their private faiths private.  Not that that would help Fred get my vote, he can’t have it.  I find no realistic situation where I would vote for him, but he’s not courting my votes.

He’s courting the votes of social conservatives.  It’ll be interesting to see if they are willing to overlook the faith based political failings of two front runner candidates.

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