Category Archive 'Fred Thompson'
23 Jan 2008
I must confess that I had interpreted all the MSM reports that Fred Thompson had no fire in his belly for presidential campaigning, and that he was considering withdrawing last week, and this week, and next week as liberal wishful thinking at its worst.
But it appears that, for once, they were telling the truth.
Fred Thompson clearly was some kind of half-committed, thoroughly disorganized faux candidate, since he washed himself out on the basis of low attendance results from a couple of thoroughly non-determinative open primaries. Fred was like one of those Civil War political-appointee generals who marched up to the front, heard a little gunfire, and then rapidly beat a panicky retreat. His departure from the field can hardly be regarded as a major loss to Conservative cause, judged with respect to either his demonstrated competence or resolution.
It seemed like bad news at the time, but we’ll get over it.
11 Jan 2008
“That’s not the model of the Reagan coalition. That’s the model of the democratic party.”
Thompson comments on recent Straits of Hormuz Iranian harasssment of US ships:
Hat tip to Hot Air.
31 Dec 2007
Many YouTube commenters were strongly moved by Thomson’s Reaganesque speech, and so was National Review’s Peter Robinson:
While the other contenders are frantically saturating the Iowa airwaves with 30- and 60-second attack adsâ€”Romney is guiltiest, if only because heâ€™s richestâ€”Thompson has sat himself down, looked into a camera, and spoken for a quarter of an hour, calmly and straightforwardly making his case. I myself find this impressiveâ€”in a way, moving. Thompson seems to have stepped out of the eighteenth century. He trusts voters to think. And if the comments on YouTube are at all representative, plenty of people agree. …
While we await Mr. Yorkâ€™s next dispatch, take a look at the Thompson video. Politics as, from time to time at least, they really ought to be.
If Fred Thompson keeps speaking like this, I think he has a good chance of winning the GOP nomination.
23 Dec 2007
A response to I’ve Got a Crush on Obama and its successors.
Hat tip to Logan Murphy.
17 Dec 2007
Conservative Republican Congressman Steven King, who represents Iowa’s Fifth District, and who had been expected to endorse Mitt Romney, shook things up by endorsing Fred Thompson.
The Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza reports.
Meanwhile poor Hillary is trying to turn the situation in Iowa around, before it is too late.
Michelle Malkin was being a trifle cruel:
Ah, the whiff of desperation in morning. Can you smell it? Itâ€™s Hillary Clintonâ€™s new perfume. Sheâ€™s on a whirlwind media tour this morning to rescue her crumbling campaign.
12 Oct 2007
I basically agree with John Hawkins’s summary of the situation.
Thompson is the most authentically conservative candidate with the best potential to win. Romney could fail to carry the South, and Giuliani is a liberal pretending to be conservative.
Thompson is definitely much more representative of the vision of the Republican Party that people had in 1980-1994 — than he is of the “Big Government Republicanism” vision of the GOP that George Bush has come to represent. That means that Fred Thompson could be someone conservatives really want to have in the White House, as opposed to a candidate who could only be said to be the “lesser of two evils” when compared to Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.
10 Oct 2007
Stephen Green summarizes at PJM:
When asked point-blank if heâ€™d support the Republican nominee next fall, (Ron) Paul answered just as Grosse Pointe-blankly: â€œNo.â€ Unless the party retreats from Iraq â€“ and Germany and Korea and Japan, too â€“ then Paul wants nothing to do with the Republicans. That said, Paul should stick to his principles and RSVP â€œthanks but no thanksâ€ to the next debate, and the one after that, and so on. If heâ€™s not even going to pretend to be a Republican, he ought to go back to the Libertarian Party where he and his five million dollars would be more than welcome. In the meantime, heâ€™s just taking up space, time, and a whole lot of hot air.
Thompsonâ€™s performance was much more low-key than Paulâ€™s, which is like saying that napping tree sloth is somewhat calmer than a spider monkey hopped up on Mountain Dew and herbal Viagra. Over the course of a two hour debate, I caught Thompson mentioning exactly one hard fact â€“ Israelâ€™s air strike on Iraqâ€™s Osirak nuclear plant, way back in 1981. The rest of the time, Thompson spoke in platitudes, slowly, and yet still stumbled through some of his answers. The good news, if you can call it that, is the expectations game. After a month of dismal campaigning, Fred looked pretty good just showing up fully dressed and speaking in complete sentences. …
Really, todayâ€™s debate was the Mitt & Rudy Show. Romney and Giuliani were offered more questions than any other three or four candidates, and neither of them made any major flubs. There was one telling moment, however, just minutes before the end of the debate. CNBCâ€™s Maria Bartiromo asked Giuliani if London would ever replace New York â€œas the worldâ€™s financial capital.â€ As I wrote on my blog, live during the debate, â€œRudy basically gave her the New Yorker Single Finger Salute.â€ Ainâ€™t nobody bigger â€™an New Yawk, lady. When asked the same question a moment later, Romney gave a canned answer, which included mention of some obscure provision of the impenetrable Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
You have to give this debate to Rudy on points and style, and hope that the real Fred Thompson shows up at the next one â€“ if ever.
I watched the first hour. Thompson seemed surprisingly nervous and unprepared to me. He also looked unwell. He kept his head bent forward in a perpetual stoop, as if he had to minimize his height to get into the angle of the camera, and he looked drawn and cadaverous.
The Romney-Giuliani exchange was telling, and left a little blood in the water. Giuliani boasted he cut taxes 23 times as New York mayor, and Romney nailed him by noting that it was hizzoner who sued all the way to the Supreme Court to kill the presidential line-item veto. Giuliani scuttled to hide under the protection of the Constitution, claiming it was only what a strict constructionist like himself had to do. A few moments later, he admitted that retaining NYC’s share of federal pork had also motivated him.
I did not even initially recognize second-tier candidates like Brownback, Tancredo, Huckabee, and Hunter, and I was surprised by how articulate and comparatively substantive all of them were. Brownback and Huckabee distinctly increased my interest and respect. But, unfortunately, the way US politics operates, with our dimbulb celebrity-culture media functioning as the filter between reality and the voting public, however meritorious any second-tier candidate might be, unless he starts dating Paris Hilton, he is just not going to get the attention needed to compete effectively.
Ron Paul was also an effective speaker, but I doubt that his economic prescriptions (which implicitly demanded a return to the Gold Standard) or his foreign policy of isolationist pacifism are going to win him a lot of support.
Thompson survived, but his performance can only have disappointed and alarmed those of us hoping he’d provide a conservative electoral choice. Fortunately, only journalists, bloggers, and the rest of an infinitesimal minority of intensely political Americans were watching. He still has lots of time to get into shape and improve.
07 Oct 2007
The DesMoines Register reports:
Mitt Romney still leads in Iowa but Fred Thompson, a relative newcomer to the presidential race, has emerged as his nearest competitor in a new Des Moines Register poll of likely Republican caucus participants.
Mike Huckabee and Rudy Giuliani are in a close fight for third place in the Iowa Poll taken over three days last week.
It’s early October, Thompson is moving up in the polls, and Manhattan’s vest pocket Mussolini is doing about as well as an obscure governor of Arkansas. Not bad.
02 Oct 2007
In an Iowa interview with Roger Simon, Fred Thompson, promises to fight the good fight to keep the Republican Party principled and conservative.
Fred Thompson has a folksy, good old boy persona on the stump, but it may not last much longer.
When I asked him if he is an 11th Commandment man â€” Never speak ill of a fellow Republican â€” he responded, â€œI am more of a 12th Commandment man: Donâ€™t speak ill of them until they speak ill of me. And then really speak ill of them.â€
Thompsonâ€™s stump speech contains the warning that Republicans must â€œstay with our principlesâ€ when it comes to choosing a nominee.
I asked him if that was a veiled reference to Rudy Giuliani.
Thompson made a face of mock horror and laughed.
21 Sep 2007
Atlanta Constitution reports Harris Poll results:
After officially declaring his candidacy, U.S. Senator Fred Thompson moves ahead of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in the race for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. One-third (32%) of those who say they will vote in a Republican primary or caucus will vote for Thompson while 28 percent will vote for Giuliani. Much further back is John McCain, who continues his downward slide with 11 percent saying they would vote for the Arizona Senator, and 9 percent who say they would vote for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
19 Sep 2007
Fred Thompson on HillaryCare.
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