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Posted on 09/04/2007 8:40:11 PM PDT by SmithL
Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson's current political playbook - a high-profile visit to the "Tonight" show, a splashy bus tour, the efforts to take a familiar actor and reintroduce him in a new political role - contains pages that look eerily familiar to California voters.
Maybe that's because the former Tennessee senator now has at his side some of same key aides who - in nine short weeks - helped transform Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger from "The Terminator" into the chief executive of the Democratic-leaning most populous state in the nation.
Thompson plans to formally kick off his presidential bid - shaped around the themes of "security, unity and prosperity" - beginning today with a blitz that reflects his media savvy and his advantages as an actor better known to many Americans as District Attorney Arthur Branch on TV's "Law & Order."
Thompson's campaign includes two veterans of another whirlwind effort - the 2003 California recall election starring Schwarzenegger - who know first hand at least some of the challenges ahead.
They are Todd Harris, who was Schwarzenegger's campaign communications director and will hold the same title for Thompson, and veteran Republican strategist and Fox News commentator Karen Hanretty, the former press secretary for the 2003 recall effort, who will be Thompson's deputy communications director.
Adam Mendelsohn, the governor's current communicators director, said the pair provide Thompson a "a big picture thinker out of the box" - Harris - and "one of the most effective political spokeswomen in the country" - Hanretty.
Both are "seasoned in translating the benefits that someone has from working in entertainment into a political reality," he said. "For Fred Thompson, it's a very smart hire: there's not a lot of people who understand taking a national entertainment figure and translating that into political value."
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OK, is he in the debate or not? Was gone over the holiday, but last I heard was Chris Wallace on Fox said they had been told he would debate.
What the scoop?
I wouldn’t debate as long as it remains a freak show with Paul, Hunter, Tancredo...taking up valuable time for the voters to get to know the next President.
This kind of bothers me. How much of the Arnold script is he going to follow?
He's an actor???
I thought he was a Senator!
I'm going to have to reevaluate my political mindset for the up and coming '08 election cycle.
Where did I go wrong?
Thank you SFC for slapping me into reality.
Last night I thought I saw a pig fly....
Being governor is obviously different than being President and there is nothing in Fred’s record to show he would go mush if the polls fall.
This confirms some of my fears about Thompson.
Last actor I know of that got into the Presidential seat did a heck of a job! I think this one would too!
That is as succinct a mission statement as anyone could propose. That was what Reagan did and no one has mastered it since Reagan. I do not believe Thompson is a Reagan, but no candidate in either party has really connected with the American people yet, though the MSM with its endless chatter and constant polling would like us to believe otherwise. Whether Thompson can connect with the American people remains to be seen, but whether he does or doesn't, it will not be about strategy or money raised, he will either connect or he won't and it will take but a few weeks to find out.
Better Fred than Dead!
Probably the part about getting elected.
I don't see him using the part about governing.
>>>Being governor is obviously different than being President and there is nothing in Freds record to show he would go mush if the polls fall.<<<
Does this mean he will not be making an appearance with P.Diddy? :(
I was kind of liking the idea of ole Fred with big gold necklaces on. :)
There's still more walls that need tearing down.
I hope not and I certainly hope someone asks him about it several times.
And, one very important wall to put up! I hope Fred is up to that task!
Kill The Terrorists
Secure The Borders
Punch The Hippies
I couldn’t agree more, and hope this is clarified soon.
Sadly enough there are some who honestly prefer death to leadership with freedom.
Maintaining the political status quo?