January 3, 2008
So sayeth “sources”. It doesn’t sound far out to me. Fred has to come in third in Iowa, register in New Hampshire and then win South Carolina to have anything resembling a shot.
UPDATE: A new poll has him in third. But Allah’s point about Zogby’s reliability is taken.
November 27, 2007
I’m working on a Fred Thompson post which I hope to have up sometime tonight. It’s not going to be all roses, let me tell ya. In the meantime, check out his two new ads. I think the bottom one is very powerful.
September 6, 2007
I see eye to eye with Allahpundit on most things Fred, with the exception of Allah’s cold, cold heart hating on Fred’s folksy, red truck thing, so I basically agree with all of this regarding Fred’s announcement:
Re: the web announcement video, that’s a lot of talking, son, and a lot of talking points, all of it synced up with head-bob choreography. I thought he’d start with a minute or so of addressing the camera and then segue into 10 minutes of video biography, a la McCain’s recent Vietnam ad, but on and on he goes. Clearly he’s trying to leverage the success he’s had with his radio commentaries: no frills, just a straight shooter calling it like he sees it, sans gimmicks — a neat trick for a Hollywood actor delivering a 15-minute oration with stagy head turns at key moments built in. The sheer volume of information and the pace at which he runs through it is daunting, though. God, family, peace with honor, secure borders, small government, a frisson of horror at the thought of another Clinton administration — it’s all in there, but it’s a lot to digest in one go and he seems to be rushing to shoehorn it all into the time available. How many people will sit through the whole thing?
Doesn’t much matter. He’s trying to make an impression and an extended Reaganesque soliloquy does that, at least. Thank god he’s in a den in a suit and tie, too. If he tried this in a denim shirt with the pick-up truck in the background, I’d be heading for the lifeboats.
I liked his Leno appearance a lot, though, much better than his last one. I like the jab at the other candidates who have been running from the time “they were in the high school choir.” “People treat politicians like they do the dentist, they don’t have anything to do with them until they have to.”
I didn’t watch the debate last night but I did catch the question posed to the other candidates about Fred not attending the debate. John McCain’s answer about it being past Fred’s bedtime elicited an “oh snap” from me. Who is McCain calling old? I mean, really. Giuliani’s answer was funny about Fred doing a great job of playing Rudy’s part on Law & Order. And Romney’s answer was very classy too.
I’m looking forward to the race with Fred in it.
August 30, 2007
June 13, 2007
Allahpundit has video and I’m sad to say I didn’t love Fred Thompson on Jay Leno.
Negative Allah calls him a “paper tiger”. I don’t agree with that but I did feel he was off. His jacket seemed too tight on him and, awkwardly, only one button was buttoned. He didn’t look at Jay very often, answering questions while looking off in the distance. The worst part is that he didn’t seem excited. I know campaigns are long and it’s hard to maintain that constant high energy, high enthusiasm personality. But his campaign hasn’t even kicked off yet. I needed to see some joy from him that he’s about to compete for the highest office in the land, in the world, some pride in the fact that he is a serious contestant for an office of that stature.
It’s only one interview and, as Peter said when I seemed sort of despondent about it, “good thing the election is not until next year.” Fred’s got the time to make up for one uninspired appearance. I am looking forward to seeing him on a stage with the other candidates, talking about the issues and being the man “Fred-heads” know he can be.
June 6, 2007
Donate to Fred:
May 1, 2007
Oh I hope so. Fred Thompson:
It bothers Americans when we’re told how unpopular we are with the rest of the world. For some of us, at least, it gets our back up — and our natural tendency is to tell the French, for example, that we’d rather not hear from them until the day when they need us to bail them out again.
But we cool off. We’re big boys and girls, after all, and we don’t really bruise that easily. We’re also hopeful that, eventually, our ostrich-headed allies will realize there’s a World War going on out there and they need to pick a side — the choice being between the forces of civilization and the forces of anarchy. Considering the fact that the latter team is growing stronger and bolder daily, while most of our European Union friends continue to dismantle their defenses, that day may not be too long in coming.
In the meantime, let’s be realistic about the world we live in. Mexican leaders apparently have an economic policy based on exporting their own citizens, while complaining about US immigration policies that are far less exclusionary than their own. The French jail perfectly nice people for politically incorrect comments, but scold us for holding terrorists at Guantanamo.
Russia, though, takes the cake. Here is a government apparently run by ex-KGB agents who have no problem blackmailing whole countries by turning the crank on their oil pipelines. They’re not doing anything shady, they say. They can’t help it if their opponents are so notoriously accident-prone. Criticize these guys and you might accidentally drink a cup of tea laced with a few million dollars worth of deadly, and extremely rare, radioactive poison. Oppose the Russian leadership, and you could trip and fall off a tall building or stumble into the path of a bullet.
Ronald Reagan was the last presidential candidate who spoke so fearlessly, telling the truth about our allies and enemies. He won. Maybe Fred can too?
March 29, 2007
Fred Thompson’s folksiness seems to be grating on Allahpundit. I. Love. It.
March 26, 2007
Yesterday, the Georgia Republican Party held its County Conventions, where Republicans elected their local party officials, as well as delegates to their upcoming District and State Conventions.
There was a fairly significant development at the Gwinnett County convention, as blogged by State Senator David Shafer:
“But the most interesting news came from the Presidential straw poll, which had been tacked on to the end of the officer ballot, almost as an afterthought. The delegates were given a choice of a dozen or so candidates. None of the Presidential campaigns were represented at the convention.
The national frontrunner, Rudy Giuliani, placed third, right behind Georgia’s own Newt Gingrich, who finished second. But the winner was former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson of Tennessee, who received more votes than all the other candidates combined.”
March 23, 2007
Fred Thompson beats Hillary head-to-head and trails Obama by 12 points in a new Rasmussen poll. Oh yeah, and he’s not even in the race yet.
UPDATE: The Washington Prowler writes: “Suffice it to say that a number of folks in Massachusetts and Manhattan and Arizona are getting nervous. Without having spent a dime, Thompson is a more credible candidate than some folks who have spent upwards of $10 million.”
March 19, 2007
March 15, 2007
I am downing that Fred Thompson kool-aid like it’s champagne and I’m thirsty. Click on for the audio.
March 14, 2007
*Mark Kilmer at Red State makes the RR comparison.
*The boys at Save The GOP like Thompson and they rarely like anybody.
*Bill Frist endorses a Thompson presidential run. I’ll try not to let that sour me.
*Allah calls Thompson “golden” on the issues.
*Hotline throws out an idea for a Law&Order presidency featuring a fusion ticket of Fred Thompson and Sam Watterson.
*Frank J. has a list of serious reasons Thompson can be the guy.
*There’s a Draft Thompson blog written by what looks like a cute girl. We can’t let that go to waste, people. Draft him! Let’s go!
*This is from a liberal host of “Young Turks” on Air America:
In the end, I have to admit that I was impressed by Thompson. Sometimes when you meet someone you get a sense of whether they are real or fake. And sometimes you are taken in by an amiable, charming person you might not otherwise agree with.
It’s hard for me to tell which category I fall into in this instance, but I came away with the impression that Senator Thompson was not your average politician. He really was frustrated with the way the system is set against change. He was very open about his thoughts, his weaknesses and his ideas on real issues.
I am sure that if he ran I would find many areas of significant disagreement with him, but as a person in a room talking with someone he had never met before, he was friendly, honest and very likeable. Even more important than all of that, he was – at least for this conversation – eminently reasonable.
*Proof at Say Anything quotes Thompson on the attorney firings and writes that he’ll try not to turn SA into a Thompson lovefest. Oh, go on. It’s nice to be excited about a candidate, isn’t it?
*And just so I keep my feet on the ground and don’t get too involved in a candidate that has yet to even announce, Bill Hobbs lists some possible problems with a Thompson candidacy. Can anyone confirm or deny that Thompson’s positions on illegal immigration mirror McCain’s (McCain’s position, as far as I can gather, is to rail against amnesty and then co-introduce a bill with Ted Kennedy to grant just that.)?
March 9, 2007
[Fred] Thompson has told allies in recent days that he is exploring seriously a bid for president in 2008 in response to what he has described as strong encouragement from Republicans dissatisfied with the current slate of candidates.
I do love me some Fred Thompson. Although I wonder sometimes if it’s Thompson or his Law & Order character Arthur Branch that I so admire. I would love to see another “rock star” in the race, though, if only because I believe, yes still, that our current one can’t win the primary. Allah writes “I’m receptive, seriously.” Me too, seriously.
UPDATE: He endorsed John McCain in 2000. If he doesn’t run, I wonder if he will do the same this time.