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Some House Backers of Thompson Are Starting to Lose the Faith
CQ POLITICS ^ | 19 November 2007 | Jonathan Allen, CQ Staff

Posted on 11/19/2007 10:22:45 AM PST by Alter Kaker

Several House Republicans who endorsed Fred Thompson for president now say that they are frustrated with what they view as an apathetic campaign, and at least one regrets having committed to the former Tennessee senator.

“I think he’s kind of done a belly flop,” said an estranged Thompson backer who indicated he will not pull his public support before the “Super Tuesday” primaries. “We’ll just wait till after Feb. 5 because I think he’s going to get beat.”

The disaffected members of team Thompson say that he has failed to put to rest whispers that he is unwilling to campaign hard enough to win the presidency.

“He seems to be perpetuating it instead of defeating it,” another dissatisfied Thompson backer told CQ Politics. “I can’t see me bailing on him, but there’s some frustration.”

Political endorsements mean little in and of themselves. But actively engaged elected officials can use their own networks to help boost a presidential candidate’s chances in their district or state, according to political experts.

“It often times gives entrée to that person’s own fundraising network and to be able to tap into that person’s knowledge of how to win that particular geography,” said Susan A. MacManus, a political science professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Some of Thompson’s endorsers say they aren’t lifting a finger.

“I’ve kind of pulled back. I’m not not supporting him, but I’m not doing anything,” said a third lawmaker.

What could be even more troubling for Thompson is what that lawmaker said GOP activists outside the capital Beltway are saying: “Now they’re calling me and saying ‘What’s he doing?’ It’s almost like he doesn’t want it.”

The disillusioned Thompson endorsers spoke in separate interviews with CQ Politics, all on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to damage him or themselves publicly. Two said they retain hope that he will turn it around.

One indicated that Thompson’s recent comments on abortion may have done him serious damage with some antiabortion activists. Thompson favors leaving the question of abortion to the states, and conservative columnist Robert D. Novak pilloried Thompson for a Meet the Press interview earlier this month in which Thompson said women who get abortions should not be made into criminals. Novak called the specter of legislation that would put abortion recipients, or their parents, in jail a “spurious issue raised by abortion-rights activists.”

Thompson’s staunchest supporters on Capitol Hill say his campaign is gathering steam. They note his recent endorsement by the National Right to Life Committee, which has the resources to spend heavily on Thompson’s behalf and the reach to activate grass-roots conservatives.

“I’m very confident in my support for his campaign and continue to believe he is the most consistent conservative in the race who can win both the primary and the general,” said Rep. Adam H. Putnam , R-Fla., who as chairman of the Republican Conference is the third-ranking member of the House GOP.

Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert , who remains a strong Thompson supporter, said the knock that Thompson is not campaigning hard enough is “a bit unfair.”

Nonetheless, MacManus said the wavering support from some of the House Republicans who have endorsed Thompson matters.

“At this point it’s significant because he’s trying to win a come-from-behind race and he needs every bit of support he can get,” she said.

After a long flirtation, Thompson officially launched his candidacy in early September, after the other Republican and Democratic contenders had been campaigning for months.

The late entry appears to have contributed to the loss of one possible endorsement in the House.

Rep. Nathan Deal , R-Ga., was once on the brink of declaring for Thompson but ultimately chose to keep his powder dry.

Deal said that, like others, Thompson waiting so long to get into the race disconcerted him.

“He really hasn’t caught fire,” said Deal, who has not committed to a candidate. Deal did not rule out the possibility of endorsing Thompson, or at least voting for him, later on. But he also said former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee , who is outpolling Thompson in Iowa, might get his help. Huckabee and Thompson are in direct competition for social conservatives.

Rep. Zach Wamp , R-Tenn., who has organized support for Thompson on Capitol Hill, said his man is building momentum and is well-positioned at this point.

“He is still in the thick of this, and it’s wide open,” Wamp said. “In no way at all am I discouraged about anything.”


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: 109th; 2008; duncanhunter; elections; fred; fredthompson; giuliani; huckabee; mitt; mittromney; romney; zzzzzzz
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1 posted on 11/19/2007 10:22:45 AM PST by Alter Kaker
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To: Alter Kaker

“Shoo, gnats, don’t bother me,
Shoo, gnats, don’t bother me,
Shoo, gnats, don’t bother me,
For FRed’s the candidate for me!”

:-)


2 posted on 11/19/2007 10:24:32 AM PST by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom and proud RUSH REPUBLICAN! WIN, FRED, WIN!!!)
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To: Alter Kaker

Which leaves us Guilianni, Romney, or Huckabee in the common wisdom.

See tagline for the solution.


3 posted on 11/19/2007 10:26:13 AM PST by Greg F (Duncan Hunter is a good man.)
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To: Politicalmom; Josh Painter; 2ndDivisionVet

ping


4 posted on 11/19/2007 10:26:24 AM PST by lesser_satan (READ MY LIPS: NO NEW RINOS | FRED THOMPSON - DUNCAN HUNTER '08)
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To: Alter Kaker

I started reading the article, but wasn’t motivated enough to finish it.


5 posted on 11/19/2007 10:26:38 AM PST by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

Ah the infamous “unnamed” sources.


6 posted on 11/19/2007 10:28:05 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: Alter Kaker
I don't think Fred Thompson is apathetic at all.

He has everything right here.

Pajamas Media War on Terror Conversations Fred Thompson full 11-19-07

7 posted on 11/19/2007 10:28:42 AM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: Alter Kaker

These Congressmen have been banned or suspended.


8 posted on 11/19/2007 10:30:34 AM PST by rhombus
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

I started reading the article, but wasn’t motivated enough to finish it.
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LOL. Yah, I’m going to delay a while and then maybe, if enough people ask me to, I’ll consider announcing that I’ll read it. I’m not sure even after the announcement that I’ll do the work to actually read it though.

In all seriousness, why isn’t Thompson pounding the pavement in New Hampshire, Iowa, Nevada, and Florida? You can do internet and media as easily from Iowa and New Hampshire as anywhere else. And please don’t spam 10 campaign appearences from the various states. We’d hear about it if Thompson was burning the midnight oil to win this thing.


9 posted on 11/19/2007 10:31:58 AM PST by Greg F (Duncan Hunter is a good man.)
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To: Alter Kaker
all on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to damage him

What a crock, this anonymous talk. Hunter and FDT is the only true conservatives running. Mitt and Rudy are RINOs. Huck loves raising taxes and is a AGW nut. Huck is the biggest fraud running on the Republican side.

10 posted on 11/19/2007 10:38:16 AM PST by sand88
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To: Alter Kaker

Johnathan Allen must be the CQKnucklehead himself. This is worthless drivel.

We’re two plus months away from the primary and folks are throwing in the towel. I guess we needn’t hold elections anymore.


11 posted on 11/19/2007 10:38:51 AM PST by DoughtyOne (California, where the death penalty is reserved for wholesome values. SB 777)
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To: sageb1
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Thanks for the link! :-)
12 posted on 11/19/2007 10:39:45 AM PST by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom and proud RUSH REPUBLICAN! WIN, FRED, WIN!!!)
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To: Alter Kaker
Rep. Zach Wamp , R-Tenn., who has organized support for Thompson on Capitol Hill, said his man is building momentum and is well-positioned at this point. “He is still in the thick of this, and it’s wide open,” Wamp said. “In no way at all am I discouraged about anything.”
That's all I need to know. Tx.
13 posted on 11/19/2007 10:41:01 AM PST by eastsider
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To: Alter Kaker

I still have my hopes! Let the voters do the talking. All the MSM has is hot air.


14 posted on 11/19/2007 10:41:16 AM PST by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender!)
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To: Alter Kaker

Maybe most of us are going to be enjoying the upcoming holidays before we have to listen to campaign drivel.

Maybe VOTERS are apathetic.


15 posted on 11/19/2007 10:42:43 AM PST by cinives (On some planets what I do is considered normal.)
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To: DoughtyOne

We’re two plus months away from the primary and folks are throwing in the towel. I guess we needn’t hold elections anymore.
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Welcome to the world of primary politics, where they always tell you that the conservative can’t win. Remember how much we needed George Bush to win rather than Ronald Reagan according to the media; how Reagan couldn’t win, he was a crazy conservative? Landslide 1, Landslide 2, and one more landslide after he left office for . . . George Bush.


16 posted on 11/19/2007 10:42:44 AM PST by Greg F (Duncan Hunter is a good man.)
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To: Greg F

Your solution would make things worse.


17 posted on 11/19/2007 10:44:12 AM PST by daylilly
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To: Greg F

Perhaps Fred is going to be the king of the nomination process! After all , when Hunter, he, Tancredo really find out that they are not going to win the nomination, perhaps who they support will get a stronger push after Feb. 5. In reality, when it is all over, Feb. 5 will decide the nominee not Iowa or NH. It will be a mess for awhile as the returns come in to see if those saying they will vote for our candidates, actually do. Or will electibility finally settle in to be the cincher?


18 posted on 11/19/2007 10:44:28 AM PST by phillyfanatic
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To: Alter Kaker
My unnamed source say that Jonathan Allen, CQ Staff works for the RomneyHitlary campaign.
19 posted on 11/19/2007 10:45:42 AM PST by McGruff (A "Big Time" Fred Thompson supporter!)
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To: Alter Kaker
"The disillusioned Thompson endorsers spoke in separate interviews with CQ Politics, all on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to damage him or themselves publicly."

yeah...sure...whatever you say.

20 posted on 11/19/2007 10:45:52 AM PST by sweet_diane (Adoption, the beautiful alternative.)
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To: Greg F

I agree...


21 posted on 11/19/2007 10:46:48 AM PST by DoughtyOne (California, where the death penalty is reserved for wholesome values. SB 777)
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To: daylilly

Obviously not, in my opinion. Hunter is the best candidate out there on a personal level, on the level of his speeches and persona, and on the level of his positions and his experience. He has had one wife, his kids are serving overseas in the armed forces, he is a Christian, he is articulate and I’ve never seen him make a mistep in public speaking (which is unusual in my experience), he looks strong, he is grounded and doesn’t get flustered, he built the border fence in his district, it’s his baby, he knows military issues better than any other candidate . . .


22 posted on 11/19/2007 10:47:18 AM PST by Greg F (Duncan Hunter is a good man.)
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To: Alter Kaker
The disillusioned Thompson endorsers spoke in separate interviews with CQ Politics, all on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to damage him or themselves publicly. Two said they retain hope that he will turn it around.

So, there was three and two said he could still "turn it around." Good thing they didn't want to damage Fred. There's no way the media would use an anonymous source to do that. Whew, that was close.

23 posted on 11/19/2007 10:47:23 AM PST by the808bass
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To: phillyfanatic

If all three, Hunter, Tancredo and Thompson are out then there will be no conservative in the race to support.


24 posted on 11/19/2007 10:50:22 AM PST by Greg F (Duncan Hunter is a good man.)
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To: Alter Kaker

Pretty funny article, given how even the NRO, with its NY-intellegensia bent, just wrote an article about how Thompson has fire in the belly and completely whipped up on Georgie Stuffedfullofpoopopulence this week-end.


25 posted on 11/19/2007 10:50:45 AM PST by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Fred Thompson)
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To: Alter Kaker

26 posted on 11/19/2007 10:54:01 AM PST by Greg F (Duncan Hunter is a good man.)
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To: Greg F

Of course, in your opinion. You give good reasoning for your opinion too.

IMO he would make the problem worse.


27 posted on 11/19/2007 10:55:12 AM PST by daylilly
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To: Alter Kaker

MSM needs to up the propaganda if they are going to quell last week’s surge.


28 posted on 11/19/2007 10:59:14 AM PST by Texas Federalist (Fred!)
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To: Alter Kaker
Gallup and new polls being released show Fred surging after the latest announcements of endorsements.

LLS

29 posted on 11/19/2007 10:59:28 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (Support America, Kill terrorists, Destroy dims!)
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To: Alter Kaker

I’m curious. If FDT isn’t ‘out there’ enough for these folks, does that mean the rest of the Republican field IS ‘out there’? And if so, where the heck are they? I’d hardly be aware that Hunter is running were it not for me spending WAY too much time on Free Republic.


30 posted on 11/19/2007 11:00:29 AM PST by sweet_diane (Adoption, the beautiful alternative.)
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To: Alter Kaker; All
an estranged Thompson backer

"another dissatisfied Thompson backer

said a third lawmaker.

Horse Hockey says a satisfied Thompson supporter named ejonesie22

31 posted on 11/19/2007 11:00:41 AM PST by ejonesie22 (ROMNEY HOCKS! (hey, he's spent a lot of his own cash so far...))
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To: Greg F

lol


32 posted on 11/19/2007 11:00:55 AM PST by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight")
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To: sand88
Hunter and FDT is the only true conservatives running.

I don't know about Hunter but FDT sure as heck isn't running. More like strolling with a "I don't give a rip" attitude, just going through the motions.

33 posted on 11/19/2007 11:01:50 AM PST by varon (Allegiance to the constitution, always. Allegiance to a political party, never.)
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To: Greg F
"He has had one wife" You guys keep bringing that up. Do you have a problem with those of us who have been married more than once?
34 posted on 11/19/2007 11:04:21 AM PST by ejonesie22 (ROMNEY HOCKS! (hey, he's spent a lot of his own cash so far...))
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To: Alter Kaker

Now that FDT has announced his immigration & border security plan, I wonder if he still has the endorsement of George P. Bush?


35 posted on 11/19/2007 11:04:50 AM PST by Kimberly GG (Support Duncan Hunter in YOUR State....http://duncanhunter.meetup.com/1/)
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To: ejonesie22

“He has had one wife” You guys keep bringing that up. Do you have a problem with those of us who have been married more than once?
_________________________

I’d put it another way. I think it says something good about a man if he has picked a woman that is right for him and worked hard enough to make the marriage work. Nothing against you or anyone else.


36 posted on 11/19/2007 11:05:59 AM PST by Greg F (Duncan Hunter is a good man.)
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To: Alter Kaker

Bottom line? He’s too old to get elected president.


37 posted on 11/19/2007 11:06:39 AM PST by RightResponse (It depends on what the defamation of Islam is .....)
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To: Alter Kaker
I went to Florida and back this last ten days (by car) and did not see one Fred Thompson bumper sticker or yard sign anywhere. I did see a Kucinich sticker on a car in Conway, SC, though.

I managed to get my Fred bumper sticker somehow, and I'm in a state that is a virtual lock for Rooty on the Pubbie side, and the Witch on the Rat side. I'm disappointed to not see any Fred presence in the state where he's widely perceived as having the best chance for his first primary victory.

38 posted on 11/19/2007 11:07:00 AM PST by hunter112 (Change will happen when very good men are forced to do very bad things.)
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To: Greg F

Very good. It looks like something Fred and I have both done the second time around. So we can just say that is a non issue then.


39 posted on 11/19/2007 11:11:26 AM PST by ejonesie22 (ROMNEY HOCKS! (hey, he's spent a lot of his own cash so far...))
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To: Greg F

What happened to pissant?


40 posted on 11/19/2007 11:11:30 AM PST by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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To: Alter Kaker

I honestly don’t give a damn if the media and unnamed sources say Fred isn’t campaigning hard enough or the way they think he should.

But I do have to admit that his speaking has not impressed me the way I hoped it would. Now speaking isn’t as important for a U.S. President as, for example a U.K. prime minister, but its important to get elected.

It is also important for a sitting President in times of crisis. President Bush43 simply cannot rally the country the was President Reagan could.

Now, not every President has to be (or can be) a Reagan but they should at least be able to speak clearly and strongly like President Bush41. Re: The Iraq Invasion of Kuwait: “This will not stand” or “Read my lips, no new taxes.”

Now doing is important than speaking but speaking is important too.


41 posted on 11/19/2007 11:11:30 AM PST by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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To: Alter Kaker
"all on the condition of anonymity "

On CQ's condition of fantasy.

Can't address FRed's positions on issues? Make up something intangibly negative.

yitbos

42 posted on 11/19/2007 11:12:22 AM PST by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: Pyro7480

Robinson booted his account because pissant posted a National Review article that was critical of Thompson after Robinson warned pissant about posting stuff that was critical of Thompson.


43 posted on 11/19/2007 11:14:45 AM PST by Greg F (Duncan Hunter is a good man.)
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To: Pyro7480
What happened to pissant?

This account has been banned or suspended.



44 posted on 11/19/2007 11:15:03 AM PST by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: Greg F; Jim Robinson; All
There was a little more to it than that Greg and you know it.

Jim is not that shallow and Pissant, God love him, crossed several lines.

45 posted on 11/19/2007 11:18:37 AM PST by ejonesie22 (ROMNEY HOCKS! (hey, he's spent a lot of his own cash so far...))
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To: Pyro7480
Pissant Speaks
46 posted on 11/19/2007 11:21:30 AM PST by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: traderrob6
Ah the infamous “unnamed” sources.

A Democrat reporter and his Democrat editor and the paper's Democrat owner, perhaps.

47 posted on 11/19/2007 11:21:34 AM PST by Albion Wilde (America: “the most benign hegemon in history.”—Mark Steyn)
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To: lesser_satan

This is BS!


48 posted on 11/19/2007 11:21:57 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: Alter Kaker

He ain’t no Charlie Norwood, that’s for sure. Deal, a former Democrat (1996), is only still in office because no Conservative has challenged him. His district, until recently, didn’t “bear fruit” for the State, and is solidly Republican.

Now that we have a water crisis and his District encompasses Lake Lanier, he’s coming under more scrutiny.

Look for him to be challenged strongly next time around.


49 posted on 11/19/2007 11:22:18 AM PST by papasmurf (sudo apt - get install FRed Thompson)
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To: Greg F

You don’t suppose... JR is a FRedHead?


50 posted on 11/19/2007 11:22:21 AM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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