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FREDDY, SET, GO! HERE COMES THOMPSON
New York Post ^ | 8/17/7 | Charles Hurt

Posted on 08/17/2007 9:47:53 AM PDT by SmithL

IN JUST two weeks, Fred Thompson will finally announce his formal entry into the 2008 presidential race and instantly become the biggest Republican threat to Rudy Giuliani.

The long-anticipated move by the former "Law and Order" star begins today with his arrival at the Iowa State Fair, where he will face his first real test before actual voters. Giuliani still holds a 10-point advantage over him in national polls, according to RealClearPolitics, but Thompson has seen his own support steadily grow while Giuliani's slowly erodes, from a high of nearly 40 percent earlier this year to below 30 percent now.

The biggest question for Republicans frustrated with the field is whether Thompson has waited so long to enter the race that he's blown any chance of capturing the nomination.

In the months since he began openly flirting with the idea, Thompson's fund-raising has disappointed supporters, he's burned through staff, and a negative story line about his wife, Jeri, meddling with the staff has begun to dog the campaign.

Yet he remains in the strongest position to pick off Giuliani, and hopes to become the real straight talker with big, gutsy ideas whose conservative credentials are beyond reproach.

Thompson's biggest gift over the last few months has been the collapse of Arizona Sen. John McCain's campaign. Once the presumed favorite, McCain is skidding barely above single digits in national polls.

Traditional political observers, of course, go berserk if you consider national polls.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: 2008; electionpresident; elections; fredthompson; giuliani; gop; hunterites; ia2008; mittheads; paulestinians; republicans; rootytoots; runfredrun
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1 posted on 08/17/2007 9:47:56 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Cue opening riff from Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” song....


2 posted on 08/17/2007 9:48:29 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: SmithL
Fred is losing his luster. 50 bucks says he will not announce. This two week date will roll past just like the rest of the dates he was suppost to announce.
3 posted on 08/17/2007 9:53:18 AM PDT by TopoGigio
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To: TopoGigio

Send me a private reply and I’ll take you up on that bet.


4 posted on 08/17/2007 9:54:56 AM PDT by Artemis Webb (Ron Paul: the candidate of cowardice and appeasement.)
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To: TopoGigio

I’ll take that bet! Seriously, if you are?


5 posted on 08/17/2007 9:55:43 AM PDT by ImpBill ("America ... Where are you now?" --Greg Adams--Brownsville, TX --On the other Front Line)
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To: TopoGigio

I’ll second that. He’s well suited for the commentator role. Not so much a Republican frontrunner.


6 posted on 08/17/2007 9:56:51 AM PDT by jmyrlefuller (Catch the Myrle Fuller Super Late Night Show - Late Sundays 10 PM Pacific)
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To: TopoGigio

Another Mitt booster spewing nonsense. The fear of Fred is strong here...


7 posted on 08/17/2007 9:58:33 AM PDT by dirtboy (Impeach Chertoff and Gonzales. We can't wait until 2009 for them to be gone.)
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To: TopoGigio

I only take PayPal.


8 posted on 08/17/2007 9:58:54 AM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it , freedom has a flavor the protected will never know. F Troop)
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To: Artemis Webb; TopoGigio

Break me off a piece of that.


9 posted on 08/17/2007 9:58:56 AM PDT by LIConFem (Thompson 2008. Lifetime ACU Rating: 86 -- Hunter 2008 (VP) Lifetime ACU Rating: 92)
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To: jmyrlefuller
And the Hunter contingent chimes in.

So we have fans of the guy who bought a victory in the Ames straw poll. And the guy who barely registered.

Meanwhile, Fred is stealing the thunder less than a week afterwards. Again.

10 posted on 08/17/2007 10:00:32 AM PDT by dirtboy (Impeach Chertoff and Gonzales. We can't wait until 2009 for them to be gone.)
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To: Artemis Webb
ok...if he doesnt announce by 08-31-07, you owe me $50.

If he does announce before 8-31-07, I will pay you $50.

Do you have PayPal?

Scared say scared?

11 posted on 08/17/2007 10:00:34 AM PDT by TopoGigio
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To: dirtboy
The fear of Fred is strong here...

Fear of what? A non-candidate whose credentials include Law & Order and filling in for Paul Harvey? Hardly something that has me quivering in my boots.

12 posted on 08/17/2007 10:01:48 AM PDT by jmyrlefuller (Catch the Myrle Fuller Super Late Night Show - Late Sundays 10 PM Pacific)
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To: LIConFem

You want a piece of the action?

Wanna put a 50 on it?


13 posted on 08/17/2007 10:02:33 AM PDT by TopoGigio
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To: TopoGigio
ok...if he doesnt announce by 08-31-07, you owe me $50.

What a chicken. Every report to date says Fred won't announce until after Labor Day.

BWAK BWAK BWAK. Another Mitt booster talks big but doesn't back it up.

14 posted on 08/17/2007 10:03:07 AM PDT by dirtboy (Impeach Chertoff and Gonzales. We can't wait until 2009 for them to be gone.)
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To: dirtboy
And the guy who barely registered.

For a supposed frontrunner that finished 7th, you shouldn't really be casting stones about Ames.

15 posted on 08/17/2007 10:03:24 AM PDT by jmyrlefuller (Catch the Myrle Fuller Super Late Night Show - Late Sundays 10 PM Pacific)
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To: dirtboy

Scared say scared.....dirt boy!


16 posted on 08/17/2007 10:04:33 AM PDT by TopoGigio
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To: jmyrlefuller
Fear of what? A non-candidate whose credentials include Law & Order and filling in for Paul Harvey?

Hate to have to yet again remind the Hunter contingent of the obvious, but those credentials give Fred the charisma that Hunter is so lacking. The fact that you downplay them, while ignoring that Fred has won two statewide elections while Hunter has never won outside a safe Congressional District, shows just how poor your understanding of modern presidential politics is.

17 posted on 08/17/2007 10:04:52 AM PDT by dirtboy (Impeach Chertoff and Gonzales. We can't wait until 2009 for them to be gone.)
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To: TopoGigio

you’re on for $50


18 posted on 08/17/2007 10:05:16 AM PDT by W04Man (I'm Now With Fred http://Vets4Fred.net)
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To: dirtboy
"The fear of Fred is strong here..."

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” -Yoda

19 posted on 08/17/2007 10:05:54 AM PDT by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: TopoGigio
Scared say scared.....dirt boy!

BWAK BWAK BWAK. Yeah, you talk big with your fifty-spot, then subsequently base the bet on a deadline no one has mentioned.

BWAK BWAK b-BWAAAK!

20 posted on 08/17/2007 10:06:00 AM PDT by dirtboy (Impeach Chertoff and Gonzales. We can't wait until 2009 for them to be gone.)
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To: W04Man

See the terms and limitations in post 11. This guy is worse than the average credit card reward plan.


21 posted on 08/17/2007 10:06:39 AM PDT by dirtboy (Impeach Chertoff and Gonzales. We can't wait until 2009 for them to be gone.)
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To: TopoGigio

He will announce on September 5th from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.


22 posted on 08/17/2007 10:06:43 AM PDT by Fledermaus (Get a colonoscopy - Ron Paulyps could be cancerous!)
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To: TopoGigio

I think you’re gonna pick up a few bucks.


23 posted on 08/17/2007 10:07:18 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: dirtboy

Isn’t Tennessee considered a “safe” Republican state? Just like New York is a “safe” Democrat state.

Want to try again?


24 posted on 08/17/2007 10:07:25 AM PDT by jmyrlefuller (Catch the Myrle Fuller Super Late Night Show - Late Sundays 10 PM Pacific)
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To: W04Man
Bump! IT'S FRED TIME!!

http://Vets4Fred.net It's time for Vets to sign up!

http://FredForPresident.com

25 posted on 08/17/2007 10:07:26 AM PDT by W04Man (I'm Now With Fred http://Vets4Fred.net)
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To: jmyrlefuller
For a supposed frontrunner that finished 7th, you shouldn't really be casting stones about Ames.

Considering he wasn't even officially entered, yet he beat out Hunter who was, I'd rethink that line of attack as well as your previous one.

26 posted on 08/17/2007 10:07:45 AM PDT by dirtboy (Impeach Chertoff and Gonzales. We can't wait until 2009 for them to be gone.)
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To: W04Man

Its booked W04MAN. Good luck on that bet.


27 posted on 08/17/2007 10:07:51 AM PDT by TopoGigio
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To: TopoGigio

another 50 here.

People are salivating for a candidate they can get excited about. If Fred can get a handle on his organization, he’ll not only enter, but he will win.


28 posted on 08/17/2007 10:08:37 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Retired Greyhound

Retired Greyhound, its in the book. Good luck on that bet.


29 posted on 08/17/2007 10:10:03 AM PDT by TopoGigio
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To: jmyrlefuller
Isn’t Tennessee considered a “safe” Republican state? Just like New York is a “safe” Democrat state.

Gee, you are absolutely correct. The guy Fred replaced was that hard-core Republican Al Gore. And in 1996, when Fred ran for a full term, Tennessee was carried by that hard-right pubbie Bill Clinton.

BWAHAAHAH! That's three strikes! Wanna nother at-bat, because you just struck out on this one.

30 posted on 08/17/2007 10:10:33 AM PDT by dirtboy (Impeach Chertoff and Gonzales. We can't wait until 2009 for them to be gone.)
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To: TopoGigio

“Scared say scared.....dirt boy!”

How old are you, 12?


31 posted on 08/17/2007 10:11:29 AM PDT by RedOhioan
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To: ImpBill

ImpBill, Im serious....you in?


32 posted on 08/17/2007 10:11:50 AM PDT by TopoGigio
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To: All
*sigh*

You can educate ignorant, you can't cure stupid.

33 posted on 08/17/2007 10:13:10 AM PDT by Pistolshot (Every woman, who can, should learn to shoot, and carry a gun.)
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To: SmithL

” . . .begins today with his arrival at the Iowa State Fair, where he will face his first real test before actual voters”

That’s right; he has not faced any “actual voters” yet, while the other guys have been walking the walk, not just talking the talk. Thanks for reminding us.


34 posted on 08/17/2007 10:13:54 AM PDT by Saundra Duffy (Romney Rocks!!!)
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To: dirtboy
BWAK BWAK BWAK. Another Mitt booster talks big but doesn't back it up.

It's sad, really.

35 posted on 08/17/2007 10:14:38 AM PDT by Petronski (Why would Romney lie about Ronald Reagan's record?)
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To: dirtboy
BWAHAAHAH!

Abuse report has been filed for taunting. Wanna keep it up?

36 posted on 08/17/2007 10:15:03 AM PDT by jmyrlefuller (Catch the Myrle Fuller Super Late Night Show - Late Sundays 10 PM Pacific)
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To: TopoGigio

how about if Fred enters, you send him the $50.

If he keeps BSing, i’ll send $50 to your guy (who is your guy?)


37 posted on 08/17/2007 10:15:32 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: TopoGigio

Hmmm...I won’t give you $50 by August 31st but I will bet $25 by Sept 7th.

As Capt Renault said in Casablanca, “I’m only a poor corrupt official”.


38 posted on 08/17/2007 10:16:05 AM PDT by Artemis Webb (Ron Paul: the candidate of cowardice and appeasement.)
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To: jmyrlefuller
Abuse report has been filed for taunting. Wanna keep it up?

You wade into this thread with a combative, anti-Fred post, got your tail handed to you for your lame posts in return (your claim of Tennessee being a safe GOP state when Fred ran is a true classic), and then you mash abuse. Awwww...

39 posted on 08/17/2007 10:16:46 AM PDT by dirtboy (Impeach Chertoff and Gonzales. We can't wait until 2009 for them to be gone.)
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To: Retired Greyhound
If he keeps BSing, i’ll send $50 to your guy (who is your guy?)

Petrushka the Dancing Bear.

40 posted on 08/17/2007 10:17:11 AM PDT by Petronski (Why would Romney lie about Ronald Reagan's record?)
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To: dirtboy
Awwww...

Keep digging yourself a hole. Your personal attacks aren't fazing me one bit.

41 posted on 08/17/2007 10:18:22 AM PDT by jmyrlefuller (Catch the Myrle Fuller Super Late Night Show - Late Sundays 10 PM Pacific)
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To: dirtboy

Once upon a time, Al Gore was a pretty strong social conservative Blue Dog.

Sad to see what’s happened to the man.


42 posted on 08/17/2007 10:19:41 AM PDT by jmyrlefuller (Catch the Myrle Fuller Super Late Night Show - Late Sundays 10 PM Pacific)
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To: jmyrlefuller
Abuse report has been filed for taunting.

Poor thing.

43 posted on 08/17/2007 10:19:42 AM PDT by Petronski (Why would Romney lie about Ronald Reagan's record?)
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To: Retired Greyhound

I’d rather just have the $50


44 posted on 08/17/2007 10:19:57 AM PDT by TopoGigio
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To: jmyrlefuller

“Abuse report has been filed for taunting. Wanna keep it up?

LOL!


45 posted on 08/17/2007 10:20:25 AM PDT by RedOhioan
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To: jmyrlefuller
Keep digging yourself a hole. Your personal attacks aren't fazing me one bit.

Yeah, you can dish it out with your nonsensical talk about Fred, but you can't take it when your nonsense is thrown right back in your face.

But at least you are smart enough to not come back out of the dugout for another at-bat, given that you struck out on three pitches on your first at-bat.

46 posted on 08/17/2007 10:21:08 AM PDT by dirtboy (Impeach Chertoff and Gonzales. We can't wait until 2009 for them to be gone.)
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Wanna nother at-bat, because you just struck out on this one.
Nothing but air!
47 posted on 08/17/2007 10:21:28 AM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: jmyrlefuller

“Keep digging yourself a hole. Your personal attacks aren’t fazing me one bit.”

Awwww...


48 posted on 08/17/2007 10:22:25 AM PDT by RedOhioan
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To: dirtboy

You’re trailing me in abuse reports by a couple. Get with the program!


49 posted on 08/17/2007 10:22:47 AM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: dirtboy

Wow. A whole post without using a cat call. I’m impressed.

So tell me. What makes Fred Thompson so great?


50 posted on 08/17/2007 10:22:50 AM PDT by jmyrlefuller (Catch the Myrle Fuller Super Late Night Show - Late Sundays 10 PM Pacific)
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