Stranded? Don’t expect lifeline from major GOP candidates

This little misadventure got me thinking about whom among the GOP presidential candidates I would call as a “lifeline” if I needed their help in a similar situation.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published October 27, 2011

Last weekend I took my family out in the boat for a sunset cruise. On our return, my spotlight went out, and we got off course heading into the channel as I slightly misread the compass bearing. It was dark, the tide was low, and we were hitting bottom. So I called my friends Tommy and Ronnie, who are avid boaters and retired firefighters and live in the same neighborhood as I do. I asked for some points of reference — however limited at night — which they provided.

A few minutes later we were still off course and in shallow water when Tommy called to check on us. I told him we were still under way, looking for channel markers, though still in very shallow water. He offered to come to our aid, which I declined, telling him I’d call him back in a half hour if we needed help.

When I called Tommy back, he was already in his boat, and Ronnie was with him. An hour later we were all back home safe and sound, thanks to their help.

My selfless friends showed me and the girls in my life what being neighborly is all about.

This little misadventure got me thinking about whom among the GOP presidential candidates I would call as a “lifeline” if I needed their help in a similar situation.

For this illustration, among the candidates to call for help, I’ll only consider the current top three in the polls. I will assume they all have similar nautical skills and a boat. (Click here to read the full column in the Tampa Tribune).


Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at:

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8 thoughts on “Stranded? Don’t expect lifeline from major GOP candidates”

  1. Jon Huntsman is the real deal. He is conservative. He is smart. He is practical. And, he can win. Who else in the field has his breadth of being a Governor, Business Leader and Ambassador (to China no less). He is head and shoulders above the rest of the field. He says what he means and doesn’t sugar coat or lie just to please his audience. You may not agree with everything he says..but know this…he’s a leader. He needs to be our leader.
    Jerry Albrecht


  2. Why would you want to run to the president or any other politician for help? Seems the logic of this stream of thought is quite liberal. The better question is which one would not help you on the basis of the Constitutionality of it, since you were not in international waters, therefore not the federal government’s problem. In other words, the man least likely to intervene in your personal problems is the correct choice. Are you slipping left? Your columns says so.


  3. People see the Huntsman 2012 sticker on my car and repeatedly tell me they like him but he has no chance of winning. I always say “Well, get behind the man and help Jon win the nomination.” But the party establishment and mentality has decided he’s not the man so the people won’t stand with him.

    On a personal note . . . HI JERRY ALBRECHT! How’re you doing buddy?


  4. Huntsman? You have to be Joking! A Progressive to the LEFT of Romney what a choice! Chris ,maybe you should volunteer for Castor’s Campaign they will need some RINO support or maybe listen to your inner self and become a Dimicat. Suntan Charlie may switch and join you.


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