Patterico's Pontifications

12/19/2007

Tancredo Out?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:41 pm



Tancredo may be out:

A source close to Colorado Representative Tom Tancredo tells The Associated Press that Tancredo plans to announce he is abandoning his long-shot bid for the presidency.

Will he endorse another candidate? If so, who? And when?

Leave predictions in the comments.

16 Responses to “Tancredo Out?”

  1. In his heart, Tancredo would probably opt for Duncan Hunter…but that’s rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic I’m afraid.

    Bingo (747f20)

  2. It will be Fred! The only candidate truly in favor of stemming the flow of illegals and border security.

    Infidel (56a0a8)

  3. Tancredo dodged Viet Nam by citing mental illness. He has friends in the white separatist community.

    Crazy and buddies with white separatists leads to Ron Paul, although he could also go with the last remaining creationist, Mike Huckabee. Except that I think Huckabee was made up as a Republican Bogeyman – the dog-torturing thing was too over the top. Somewhere, Kos is laughing over us believing that Mike Huckabee is real.

    Still, Tancredo might want to roll with someone with, you know, a genuine chance to win. In that case, Thompson’s a potentially logical choice. I don’t think he’ll support Giuliani or McCain because they’re not on his immigration bandwagon, and I don’t think he’ll support Romney because Romney is viewed as a heathen.

    –JRM

    JRM (de6363)

  4. JRM…
    I perceive a great deal of projection in your post.
    Perhaps you would be more comfortable over at the Puffington Host?

    Another Drew (8018ee)

  5. Another Drew:

    Nope. As I think I’ve noted elsewhere, I’m heavily likely to vote Republican in this election, but I see no reason to give Republican candidates a pass for offensive behavior.

    I don’t think we’re required to all agree here, either.

    My preliminary view is to support Thompson. I’m not as conservative as he is on some social issues, but he’s a consistent, thoughtful candidate.

    If you’ve gathered that I despise Huckabee and dislike Tancredo, well, you’ve got that right.

    –JRM

    JRM (355c21)

  6. Well, you can not “like” someone politically, but you don’t have to libel/slander them. It would be so much easier to just state your objections to their positions.

    Another Drew (8018ee)

  7. Tancredo will endorse Duncan Hunter.

    Hunter was going to start gaining momentum anyway and this endorsement will bring more cohesiveness to the obvious choice for conservatives. I expect Alan Keyes will follow suit in the coming days.

    All of the Republicans will start to rally behind Hunter as the Democrat cross-voters and rino-types will begin to align behind McCain.

    j curtis (8bcca6)

  8. JRM, I think what they’re saying is if that’s true about Tom Tancredo, particularly the dodging the draft issue, which is a new accusation for me, we’d be interested in your evidence for this and the other charge.

    Otherwise, STFU. But, if you have evidence, Open The Heck Up.

    Christoph (92b8f7)

  9. Christoph:

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/election2008/story/21410.html

    Relevent passage:

    Looking back on his childhood, Tancredo talks openly about the clinical depression that hung over him for years and led to a deferment from the draft during the Vietnam era. He says it was like being in a dark tunnel, and he credits his wife for helping him get on track after they met as schoolteachers in the early 1970s.

    [The quote doesn’t live preview right on my computer; here’s hoping it comes out.]

    There are rather less friendly views of the thing from a number of sources, but this is a both reliable and neutral source. He got out of Vietnam on a psychiatric deferment. Tancredo’s said he wished he could have served, but he couldn’t.

    I can’t find the original source material for an apparent incident with Republican state treasurer Mike Coffman and Tancredo, but you can Google that.

    As to the white separatists…. I mean, dude. He’s spoke at a League of the South barbecue last year. They had a big confederate flag. The League of the South is openly secessionist.

    He got money from the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which in turn was funded with $1.2 million from the Pioneer fund, which the Wall Street Journal called a “white-supremecist outfit dedicated to racial purity.”

    http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110004847

    Satisfied?

    –JRM

    JRM (355c21)

  10. I was pretty upset when Tancredo said he wasn’t going to run for reelection in the House. Now it seems he’s dropping out of the race for president. I just hope he’ll endorse someone who’s actually going to do some good on this issue. And, you know, I expect he’ll do that, because he was in this race to do something, not to be somebody; to bring about real change in the GOP, not to put on a show. Which is why I think he’ll endorse Fred Thompson, not Duncan Hunter.

    To be sure, Hunter is pretty much perfect on this issue, and on so many others, and I’d much rather have him as president than Thompson. But an endorsement from Tancredo (or anybody else) wouldn’t do any good–Hunter simply has no traction. People aren’t going to drop their support for McCain, Huckabee, Giuliani, Romney, or Thompson to support Hunter.

    Tancredo’s mission was to push the GOP to nominate someone who opposes amnesty and thinks immigration law should be enforced. Thompson is the best we can get on that score, now that Romney has endorsed a path to citizenship for the millions of illegals in the U.S. (To think, I thought he was better than McCain on this issue.) http://www.freedom4um.com/cgi-bin/readart.cgi?ArtNum=68704 And no one (least of all a veteran like Tancredo) is going to take seriously Huckabee’s recent about-face on immigration.

    Thompson’s record hasn’t been great on this issue, though it’s been much better than that of his four leading rivals. And at the very least, he’s presented a consistent anti-amnesty, pro-borders message throughout the 2008 campaign, not flip-flopping midway through like Huckabee.

    So I predict a Tancredo endorsement for Thompson, if for anybody at all. And I hope he runs for, and wins, a Senate seat.

    Alan (f1706f)

  11. As to the white separatists…. I mean, dude. He’s spoke at a League of the South barbecue last year. They had a big confederate flag. The League of the South is openly secessionist.

    He got money from the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which in turn was funded with $1.2 million from the Pioneer fund, which the Wall Street Journal called a “white-supremecist outfit dedicated to racial purity.”

    Have you ever heard of McCarthyism or guilt-by-association?

    For a sane look at the Pionner fund see:

    sabanaoeste (004797)

  12. I suspect he’ll drop out, and start stumping for Thompson.

    Scott Jacobs (425810)

  13. Alan,

    Fred has flip-flopped on the issue. See this flier that compares Fred to Duncan Hunter, and there is a quote from Fred about giving illegals aspirations of citizenship. http://dhgrassrevolt.wordpress.com/2007/12/07/huckabeehunter-and-thompsonhunter-comparison-sheets/

    I hope Tancredo endorses Hunter. It will help Hunter because much of Tancredo’s support could go to Duncan and make him appear as a more viable candidate to those who are almost supporters of him but worried about his chances.

    If it can be shown that there are REAL differences between Duncan Hunter and the other candidates, yes, people will switch their support.

    SK Johnson (923228)

  14. DES MOINES, Iowa – Rep. Tom Tancredo dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination Thursday and endorsed rival Mitt Romney.

    All those who picked Romney raise their hand…those who did not can leave their prognosticator badges on the counter on the way out. Thank you. And those with jaws on the floor watch for oncoming foot traffic.

    allan (a4a175)

  15. Way to link to VDare for an objective analysis of the issue. Yikes.

    Leviticus (617419)


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