Friday, Republican candidates Fred Thompson, John McCain, Tom Tancredo, and Duncan Hunter tried to woo restive evangelicals at the Family Research Council's 2007 Values Voter Summit. Here's a look at how each appealed to the flock. Fred Thompson explained his shifting stance on abortion: "I can only say that after, for the first time in my life, seeing a sonogram of my own child, I will never think the same exactly again. I guess, more appropriately stated, I will never feel exactly the same again, because my heart now is fully engaged with my head.
Tom Tancredo. Between his suggestion that we abolish St. Patrick's Day and his whining that he has to "press 1 for English" on automated phone menus, he was easily the biggest d-bag of the night. As for who won the debate? Can't say. It was a pretty substance-free affair. --Bradford Plumer
One point awarded to Tom Tancredo for what will surely be the evening's most polysyllabic word.... --Michael Crowley
Mickey Kaus notes--correctly, I'm sure--that in tonight's Republican debate the MSM is primed to portray the immigration super-hard-liner Tom Tancredo as "a kook." But temperamentally, at least, he's really not very kooky. I discovered this while profiling him a couple of years ago, and the MSM will likely be as disappointed by his reasonable-seeming demeanor as I was.
Representative Tom Tancredo wants you to know that Virginia Tech was in fact not the worst massacre in U.S. history, according to The Politico: In fact, said Tancredo spokesman Carlos Espinosa, the worst school rampage occurred when an anti-tax zealot blew up a school in Bath, Mich., in 1927, killing around 40 children and a handful of adults, including himself. (Accounts of the death toll vary, but all reported a number larger than 33.) "As far as U.S. school tragedies go, this isn't the worst.
Mitt Romney sure has gall. I posted a Spine on the first part of this story, the fact that Mitt and Anne had illegal immigrants from Guatemala working on their land in Belmont, Massachusetts and on their son's, as well. Now, there is almost no one tougher on illegal immigrants in American politics than Romney, unless it is Representative Tom Tancredo, the phobic from Colorado. How Romney squares his position on illegals with his having them doing the landscaping at his house is a question that maybe he'll have to answer in a debate.
A battered yellow school bus rumbles up a bumpy dirt road on the outskirts of Sasabe, a small Mexican town just over the border from Arizona. At the top of the hill, the bus winds around brick and mud huts. Ragged children stand in the doorways, and emaciated dogs forage for scraps. The bus passes dented pickups and old cars without wheels and stops in a dusty clearing, where it disgorges about 40 teenagers dressed in blue jeans and carrying small knapsacks. One boy’s t-shirt features a picture of Che Guevara. A girl’s pale blue top says ADORABLE in sequined letters.