Fred really doesn’t have much room to maneuver, either. By hedging on Federalism for abortion and the 14th amendment on immigration, he alienates conservatives. He’s basically asking conservatives to care about poll results and liberal poll worshippers to care about conservatism.
Thompson is currently trading at 1.5 on Intrade to win the Iowa caucuses, just 0.4 ahead of the field (Hunter).
Winner of 2008 Republican Iowa Caucus
Mike Huckabee to Win M 70.0 75.7 70.0 762 +4.4
Mitt Romney to Win M 22.3 32.6 23.3 733 -6.9
Rudy Giuliani to Win M 0.4 2.4 1.5 375 -0.3
John McCain to Win M 0.1 1.6 0.5 130 0
Fred Thompson to Win M 0.5 4.0 1.5 215 0
Newt Gingrich to Win M - 0.1 0.1 0 0
Chuck Hagel to Win M - 0.1 0.1 0 0
Field (any other individual) to Win M 1.1 4.4 1.1 241 0
All In (Fred Thompson moves to Iowa)
Weekly Standard ^ | 12/7/07 | Stephen Hayes
Posted on 12/08/2007 4:06:27 PM PST by cotton1706
Des Moines, Iowa FORMER TENNESSEE SENATOR Fred Thompson has decided to take his campaign and virtually all of its resources to Iowa in an all-or-nothing attempt to register a strong showing in the caucuses here on January 3.
It’s late, I’ve got a toothache, I’ve scanned 2 transcripts. Am I reading this right...the moderator introduced each of the candidates except Hunter? Tell me I’m wrong, please.
He hasn't alienated me, because I understand what he's proposing. He's not looking to pander to conservatives or Christian voters by making nice noises about Constitutional Amendments that he, and those who ARE making those noises, know will never happen in our lifetimes, if ever. Instead of talking about the issue, he wants to actually DO something.