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Former Bush Scribe to Thompson's Staff ('Axis of Evil' Speech Author Writing Fred's Announcement)
Washington Post ^ | 2:15 PM ET on Aug 23, 2007 | Mike Sheer

Posted on 08/23/2007 4:19:31 PM PDT by hardback

Former Bush Scribe To Thompson's Staff

Matt Scully, a former speechwriter for President Bush, is back to work--this time for soon to be candidate Fred Thompson.

Thompson spokeswoman Linda Rozett confirmed Thursday that Scully has joined Team Thompson, but wouldn't say what, specifically, he is doing for the non-campaign.

"We are a team effort," she wrote in an e-mail. "A lot of people are helping Fred Thompson test the waters--Ed McFadden, Mary Matalin...and Matt Scully."

Word on the street is that Scully is busy writing Thompson's announcement speech. But as of now, its not clear exactly when the speech will be given.

Thompson has been hinting at an announcement for months. Advisers say it's likely that he will announce in the first week of September, after Labor Day, but before the September 11 anniversary.

If so, we might not have to wait long to see what Scully has put together

(Excerpt) Read more at blog.washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: axisofevil; election2008; electionpresident; elections; fredthompson; gop; mattscully; primaries; republicans; runfredrun; speechwriter

1 posted on 08/23/2007 4:19:34 PM PDT by hardback
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To: hardback

if this is Scully’s calim to fame, he’s easier to swallow than Matalin and Abraham


2 posted on 08/23/2007 4:21:52 PM PDT by wardaddy (hillbilly car wash owner outta control)
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To: hardback

Matalin? Where’s the Aw Geez pic?


3 posted on 08/23/2007 4:24:18 PM PDT by Old Sarge (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub)
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To: hardback
"Word on the street is that Scully is busy writing Thompson's announcement speech."

That's the important part.

4 posted on 08/23/2007 4:28:23 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (RON PAUL: "It will be a little bit better now with the democrats now in charge of oversight ")
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To: hardback
Bump! IT'S FRED TIME!!

CAN A SPEECH WRITER INSIST ON A TALLER PODIUM FOR FRED?
HE SURE COULD HAVE USED ONE AT THE VFW.

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

http://FredForPresident.com

5 posted on 08/23/2007 4:30:27 PM PDT by W04Man (I'm Now With Fred http://Vets4Fred.net)
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To: W04Man

Taller podium and a dab of just for men hair coloring before the announcement! (if I was adivising Fred)


6 posted on 08/23/2007 4:32:26 PM PDT by hardback
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To: hardback
I thought it was David Frum (the stupid idiot) that came up with the inane "Axis of Evil" comment.

His wife was all proud of cute widdle David for coming up with this nonsense.

Why blame Scully for that crap?

7 posted on 08/23/2007 4:32:29 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Politicalmom; jellybean; Petronski; Sturm Ruger; STARWISE

Looky here :)


8 posted on 08/23/2007 4:33:23 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet -Fred'08)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

What’s wrong with Axis of Evil? IMHO, it seems appropo...given the nation states it encompasses.


9 posted on 08/23/2007 4:33:59 PM PDT by in hoc signo vinces ("Houston, TX...a waiting quagmire for jihadis.")
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

Scully recounts the story of the “axis of evil” phrase, which Bush used in his 2002 State of the Union to describe Iraq, Iran and North Korea. Scully notes that colleague David Frum originally came up with “axis of hatred,” as reported before. Scully says he suggested changing it to “evil.” He does not cite any examples of Gerson explicitly claiming the phrase as his own, pointing instead to news accounts attributing it to him that have gone uncorrected. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/10/AR2007081002403.html


10 posted on 08/23/2007 4:34:12 PM PDT by hardback
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To: in hoc signo vinces
It wasn't an Axis of Evil because they weren't in cahoots.

They are all evil for different reasons and need to be handled differently.

By lumping them all into one group we got the endless and useless discussions about how the Bush administration was willing to go to war with Iraq who had no nukes, but wouldn't go to war with NK or Iran who had them ... or soon will.

It is really stupid to have the President say things which either ties his hands diplomatically/militarily or makes him out to be going back on his words when he doesn't follow them.

Even if it is just a really crappy metaphor.

11 posted on 08/23/2007 4:48:05 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: hardback

Mary Matalin,pipeline to lizard man, really bothers me. I
don’t trust her for one second. Dump her,Fred!


12 posted on 08/23/2007 4:48:14 PM PDT by GiveMeGoth
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To: hardback

Oh, goodie! More Bush people on Fred’s staff. Now we are sure to get more of the same if he is elected.


13 posted on 08/23/2007 5:11:10 PM PDT by Paperdoll ( Vote for Duncan Hunter in the Primaries for America's sake!)
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To: jellybean; girlangler; KoRn; Shortstop7; Lunatic Fringe; Darnright; babygene; pitbully; granite; ...
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Fredipedia: The Definitive Fred Thompson Reference

WARNING: If you wish to join, be aware that this ping list is EXTREMELY active.

14 posted on 08/23/2007 5:18:51 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Of the potential GOP front runners, FT has one of the better records on immigration.- NumbersUSA)
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To: GiveMeGoth

I can’t say I’m pleased to see her lurking about in Fred’s camp and more than I was pleased when she was part of the VP’s office.


15 posted on 08/23/2007 5:29:11 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Clinton-Obama '08. Start building your fallout shelters today!)
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To: Politicalmom

I like the map. Now we just need to expand it a little to the west and to the northeast.


16 posted on 08/23/2007 5:39:20 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (The Hunt for FRed November. 11/04/08)
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To: Politicalmom

Awesome map PM!


17 posted on 08/23/2007 5:39:59 PM PDT by hardback
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To: newzjunkey

Matalin was on duty when the Cheney hunting accident occured and made the decisions about how information was released.

I thought she handled that pretty well, you have to admit that anybody that makes David Gregory’s head explode on national tv can’t be all bad.

LOL!


18 posted on 08/23/2007 6:00:00 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (PUT AMERICA AHEAD! VOTE FOR FRED!!)
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To: Politicalmom

If he’ll just make the announcement, I wouldn’t care if my 4th grader wrote it!


19 posted on 08/23/2007 6:06:06 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Private pay or private charity - live it, learn it, love it!)
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To: hardback

Anyone know who wrote Bush’s speech yesterday to the VFW??? It was FABULOUS!!!!!!!


20 posted on 08/23/2007 6:07:28 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy
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To: Paperdoll

He’s a speechwriter for chrissakes. That’s like saying you won’t support Fred if he hires the same White House Cook that Bush did.


21 posted on 08/23/2007 6:08:15 PM PDT by RockinRight (Fred Thompson once set fire to a crowd of liberals simply by puffing his cigar and staring real hard)
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To: Paperdoll; All

It is much worse than you think.

I hear from very reliable sources that over 95 percent of his entire staff voted for George Bush in 2004!

I just don’t see how a REPUBLICAN candidate can have such people on his staff and even think he could be successful in a REPUBLICAN contest...


22 posted on 08/23/2007 6:11:29 PM PDT by ejonesie22 (I don't use a sarcasm tag, it kills the effect...)
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To: Paperdoll

Yes, it would be horrific if Fred made statements like “axis of evil” re: Iran, NK and I guess maybe Syria would now take Iraq’s spot.

Nevermind it was when Bush spoke like that he was well received by everyone except the peacenik crowd across the globe. well, them and the “evil” referenced.

Doesn’t mean Fred’s positions are the same as Bush’s. I think conservative’s are still waiting to be assured he’s further to the right then Bush. McCain, Rudy and ROMNEY certainly are not. But a speech writer doesn’t set policy. Usually.

All this move suggests is that his speeches will probably be less docile in tone, the substance would be determined by Fred and whomever he intends to be his COS if he won.


23 posted on 08/23/2007 6:38:34 PM PDT by Soul Seeker
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To: Soul Seeker; ejonesie22; RockinRight

Okay, okay. I am just so soured on Bush these days. Anyone close to him is suspect.


24 posted on 08/23/2007 6:45:09 PM PDT by Paperdoll ( Vote for Duncan Hunter in the Primaries for America's sake!)
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To: Paperdoll
Well actually I can understand that, but the Republican talent pool is a mixed bag anyways, so we need to keep quality folks around even if we don’t see 100% eye to eye.

Also be mindful that just because they worked for Bush does not mean they have his idiosyncrasies, they could be with him for the same reason they are now with Fred, they are Republicans.

25 posted on 08/23/2007 7:05:00 PM PDT by ejonesie22 (I don't use a sarcasm tag, it kills the effect...)
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To: hardback

I want to know what Fred Thompson thinks, not Matt Scully.


26 posted on 08/23/2007 7:07:48 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (States' rights don't trump God-given, unalienable rights...support the Reagan pro-life platform)
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To: hardback

Fred sure could have used a speech writer at his appearance at the VFW convention on Tuesday. I caught about 3 minutes of his speech today. He rambled and seemed very tired. His energy level was extremely low—a real snoozer.


27 posted on 08/23/2007 7:22:01 PM PDT by freedom4me ("Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom."--Ben Franklin)
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To: RockinRight

“He’s a speechwriter for chrissakes. That’s like saying you won’t support Fred if he hires the same White House Cook that Bush did.”

Don’t think so much! Reasonable answers get you no where...lol.


28 posted on 08/23/2007 8:13:50 PM PDT by Rick_Michael (The Anti-Federalists failed....so will the Anti-Frederalists)
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To: ejonesie22

Not only that, but have you seen the latest poll? Fred Thompson gets 22%, which means that 78% of Republicans are AGAINST FRED THOMPSON! With numbers like these, he can’t possibly win! I’m sticking with Mitt Romney. He has more hair.


29 posted on 08/23/2007 8:14:03 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (President Hunter should appoint Senator Katherine Harris to his cabinet!)
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To: RockinRight

You have to remember who it is who you’re talking to. When has Paperdoll ever said anything nice about Fred? Never.

Maybe I should have put in instead of nice, truthful or fair ...


30 posted on 08/23/2007 8:28:14 PM PDT by hoosierpearl (To God be the glory.)
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To: SE Mom; Politicalmom; jellybean; Sturm Ruger; ejonesie22; W04Man

http://www.townhall.com/blog/g/0f257e01-eafa-4094-a307-879fc658b449

You should take a look at this. Fred gets kudos for the blog piece on NYC and Guiliani’s response or nonresponse.


31 posted on 08/23/2007 8:34:58 PM PDT by hoosierpearl (To God be the glory.)
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To: hoosierpearl; RockinRight; Paperdoll
"You have to remember who it is who you’re talking to. When has Paperdoll ever said anything nice about Fred? Never.

Maybe I should have put in instead of nice, truthful or fair ..."

Paperdoll believes in guerrilla tactics on FR. She will jump on a thread to attack a candidate who is anybody but Duncan Hunter then when confronted with simple questions about the chances DH has she runs away. It is frankly a pretty cowardly way of handling herself.

32 posted on 08/23/2007 9:27:49 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (RON PAUL: "It will be a little bit better now with the democrats now in charge of oversight ")
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To: hardback

I’m glad to see Mary Matalin on the team. Now, if he could lasso Newt Gingrich and Karl Rove.


33 posted on 08/23/2007 9:29:13 PM PDT by no dems (Dear God, how long are you going to let Ted Kennedy, Robert Byrd, John Murtha and John Conyers live?)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

And lovely hair it is...


34 posted on 08/24/2007 3:09:55 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (I don't use a sarcasm tag, it kills the effect...)
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To: hoosierpearl

Just more evidence that Fred is indeed running in a new way...


35 posted on 08/24/2007 3:17:41 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (I don't use a sarcasm tag, it kills the effect...)
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To: Paperdoll

Many of Bush’s people started out as Congressional aides and advisors. How many would we find with a background from Rep. Hunter’s office?


36 posted on 08/24/2007 5:45:45 AM PDT by brothers4thID (FDT: "Every notice that while our problems are getting bigger, our politicians are getting smaller?")
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To: ejonesie22; Paperdoll; All
It is much worse than you think.

I hear from very reliable sources that over 95 percent of his entire staff voted for George Bush in 2004!

So did the overwhelming majority of those Freepers whose posts state they are now completely disillusioned with him and who can't wait for him to be gone.

For some curious reason many folks here don't seem to admit the possibility that some of those who have served the Bush Administration might be equally disillusioned and eager to find a new candidate who won't disappoint them.

37 posted on 08/24/2007 6:07:02 AM PDT by tarheelswamprat
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To: ejonesie22

lol, good one ej.


38 posted on 08/24/2007 6:58:29 AM PDT by hardback
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To: hardback
Thank you. I though it was my duty as a member of this esteemed board to present the real facts on FDT's supposed "run" for President....
39 posted on 08/24/2007 7:03:19 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (I don't use a sarcasm tag, it kills the effect...)
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To: tarheelswamprat
Well you see that would make sense, and we can have none of that, it will upset or logic...
40 posted on 08/24/2007 7:04:15 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (I don't use a sarcasm tag, it kills the effect...)
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To: tarheelswamprat

That’s an outrage! You mean the Bush people are actually going to support a real Republican for the White House in 2008... (sarcasm button off)


41 posted on 08/24/2007 7:07:39 AM PDT by hardback
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To: hardback

The nerve of some people...


42 posted on 08/24/2007 7:21:47 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (I don't use a sarcasm tag, it kills the effect...)
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To: Artemis Webb

LOL - not true. All I’ve ever done is post what Fred has done for your info. based on fact, but you’re never open minded about any of it. (And I use the word “you” as most Fredheads.)

I don’t name call, respond in a vitriolic manner, or gossip about anyone to others, but apparently you do.

Your opinion of Duncan Hunter’s chances are just that - your opinion, not based on fact. You have a right to your opinion, but if I don’t respond to it, that doesn’t mean that I am running away from anything but that I choose to ignore such tactics.

If I am anything, it is not cowardly, or why would I ever dare to come onto such an unfriendly thread when you have clearly declared me the “enemy”?


43 posted on 08/24/2007 8:02:47 AM PDT by Paperdoll ( Vote for Duncan Hunter in the Primaries for America's sake!)
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To: Paperdoll
"I don’t name call, respond in a vitriolic manner, or gossip about anyone to others, but apparently you do."

Were I "gossiping" I would not have pinged you to my statement.

"...you have clearly declared me the “enemy”?"

Enemy in quotation marks? Who are you quoting? I never used the word enemy and you attributed a word to me that I did not use. Is this your concept of "facts", to lie in order to make a point? I called your tactics cowardly. I stand by that statement.

44 posted on 08/24/2007 8:20:08 AM PDT by Artemis Webb (RON PAUL: "It will be a little bit better now with the democrats now in charge of oversight ")
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To: Artemis Webb

You are perfectly welcome to stand by any statement you like.

I made clear the You in my post was meant for those who filled the shoes of whom I described. I was not pointing a finger at Artemis Webb unless he/she deserved it.

Perhaps I should have used the word “gnat” rather than “enemy”. I did not attribute the word to AW. In either case Fredheads have always made perfectly clear that I am not welcome on a Fredthread. Though that does not make me happy, I can live with it. I come with good intentions. If Fredheads cannot respond in a civil manner, that is their problem.


45 posted on 08/24/2007 8:42:45 AM PDT by Paperdoll ( Vote for Duncan Hunter in the Primaries for America's sake!)
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yawn


46 posted on 08/24/2007 8:49:07 AM PDT by Artemis Webb (RON PAUL: "It will be a little bit better now with the democrats now in charge of oversight ")
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To: Tax-chick
“Sometime in the next few weeks, we’ll officially have our hat in the ring.”
Fred Thompson. 8-23-07
47 posted on 08/24/2007 11:47:01 AM PDT by FlashBack (WoundedWarriorProject.Org)
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To: FlashBack

Translation: “Don’t hold your breath.”


48 posted on 08/24/2007 11:51:15 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Private pay or private charity - live it, learn it, love it!)
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To: Tax-chick

I’ll try and remember to do that ;)Thanks.


49 posted on 08/24/2007 12:09:19 PM PDT by FlashBack (WoundedWarriorProject.Org)
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