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What's Next For Thompson?
News Channel 5 ^ | Jan 19, 2008 | NewsChannel5.com

Posted on 01/20/2008 2:27:30 AM PST by counterpunch

COLUMBIA, S.C.- John McCain was the winner of Saturday's South Carolina primary. Mike Huckabee came in second. Fred Thompson came in third, followed closely by Mitt Romney.

This is a victory that eluded McCain in 2000, and if history is a guide, may have set him on course to become the GOP presidential nominee. No Republican since 1980 has won the party's nod without a win in the first-in-the-South primary.

Saturday's primary loss was clearly a big disappointment for Fred Thompson, but you never would have picked up on that when you heard him speak to his supporters.

"Well, it may be a little early to declare victory, I am not sure," Thompson joked. "We told our folks to vote late, so they'll be trickling in I am sure."

So a lot of folks are now weighing in on Fred Thompson's political future. One political expert from Tennessee weighs in.

"I think he is through if he doesn't do well here, I think he has said so. Even a second place finish won't do," said Jackson Baker, Memphis Flyer.

"This is a gun show he just attended, if he can't get votes from this crowd, in this state which is probably the most conservative state in the union probably, then his message just probably won't play anywhere else," said Baker.

Thompson spent more time campaigning in South Carolina than anyone else. An army of Tennessee Volunteers also came through. They sent out a scripted message to undecided voters.

In South Carolina, apparently, Thompson's message did not catch on. Fred Thompson, however, was far from making any sort of statement about bowing out of the presidential race. Thompson returned home to Virginia Saturday night. His campaign most likely is regrouping, and gearing up for another big fight in the Florida Primary.


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KEYWORDS: fredthompson; sc2008
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Fred needs to fight on all the way to the convention. He can succeed at the GOP convention where Ronald Reagan failed in 1976. Fred’s fight will be on the convention floor, for leadership and party unity.

Fred has an important job to do still. He must keep the nomination far out of reach of Mike Huckabee. And he must bring the party together as the consensus conservative choice when no candidate comes up with enough delegates to win the nomination.

Keep on fighting Fred!

1 posted on 01/20/2008 2:27:35 AM PST by counterpunch
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To: counterpunch
The Vice President spot is still up for grabs and who could play the part better than an actor?
2 posted on 01/20/2008 2:36:06 AM PST by ME-262 (Nancy Pelosi is known to the state of CA to render Viagra ineffective causing reproductive harm.)
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To: counterpunch
Keep on fighting Fred!

I sent a second contribution to Fred's campaign tonight. Whether or not Fred stays in the race... I got to put my money where my heart is.

3 posted on 01/20/2008 2:43:02 AM PST by syriacus (HUCKIAVELLIAN : (adj.) hypocritical; slick; glib; charming and, yet, sneakily nasty.)
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To: ME-262

I would not welcome such a development.

If Fred’s not steering the Ship of State, then the cabin boy must be.

I want the Captain at the wheel.


4 posted on 01/20/2008 2:43:39 AM PST by John Valentine
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The campaign needs to retool. Got to figure out how to break Huck’s hold over the churches, and he’s going to have to enlist Giuliani and Romney as de facto allies. And everyone needs to pound McCain.


5 posted on 01/20/2008 2:44:38 AM PST by Free Vulcan (No prisoners. No mercy.)
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Fred has an important job to do still. He must keep the nomination far out of reach of Mike Huckabee. And he must bring the party together as the consensus conservative choice when no candidate comes up with enough delegates to win the nomination.

I agree.

In spite of what a lot of people around here think, I do believe that only McCain will be able to get enough independent and swing votes to BEAT HILLARY.

Huckabee sure as hell can't do it. Neither can Mitt and I'm not sure about Rudy.

The mere thought of Bill Clinton living in the White House again is disgusting and depressing.

Of course, if Obama beats Hillary, then it all over as no Republican will beat him. But at least Bill won't be in the White House again.

6 posted on 01/20/2008 2:49:11 AM PST by aj7360
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To: Free Vulcan

So what do you guys make of everyone saying Fred will drop out after Florida and endorse McCain? McCain!! Makes no sense whatever to me. Would he do that?


7 posted on 01/20/2008 2:52:49 AM PST by athelass (Proud Mom of a Sailor and two Marines! 71 days to Dodgers Opening Day! 28 days to the Daytona 500!)
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To: counterpunch
What's Next For Thompson?

Corner square on Hollywood Squares?

8 posted on 01/20/2008 2:53:43 AM PST by upsdriver (Thank you, Duncan Hunter! ! Like Ronald Reagan, you make me proud to be an American!)
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To: aj7360
What was the last check, 55% of Americans said they’d never vote for Hillary? She has the largest negatives of any major contender, and should be the easiest to beat; far easier to actually present a choice to the voters as Hillary has to continue chasing after the far left who got Monica’s cigar from Bill.
9 posted on 01/20/2008 2:57:45 AM PST by kingu (Fred08 - The Constitution is the value I'm voting for. What value are you voting for?)
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To: upsdriver

It’s people like you who make my packages arrive late.


10 posted on 01/20/2008 3:01:42 AM PST by counterpunch (GOP Convention '08 Go For Brokered!)
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To: Free Vulcan
The campaign needs to retool. Got to figure out how to break Huck’s hold over the churches, and he’s going to have to enlist Giuliani and Romney as de facto allies. And everyone needs to pound McCain.

This campaign is going to come down to Romney and McCain, with conservatives going to Romney.

Ofcourse, Rudy could do well in Florida and reenergize his campaign, but that only hurt McCain since they go for the same voters.

Huckabee doesn't have the money nor organization to keep going.

Thompson will drop as well.

Conservatives need to focus on getting good congressmen into office to keep a check on the Presidency.

Remember it was Congress, not the President, which stopped the Amnesty bill.

11 posted on 01/20/2008 3:01:52 AM PST by fortheDeclaration (The power under the Constitution will always be in the people- George Washington)
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Fred Thompson, however, was far from making any sort of statement about bowing out of the presidential race. Thompson returned home to Virginia Saturday night. His campaign most likely is regrouping, and gearing up for another big fight in the Florida Primary.
 
12 posted on 01/20/2008 3:02:35 AM PST by counterpunch (GOP Convention '08 Go For Brokered!)
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I don't know what's next for Thompson, but I'm about to scrape my Thompson For President bumper sticker. If he can't win in the South, then he's pretty much finished.
13 posted on 01/20/2008 3:06:01 AM PST by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Democrats spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: athelass

Everyone is saying that?
More like the Red October media that has been trying to torpedo his campaign since he got in, fuel by *uckabee’s whisper campaign of dirty tricks.


14 posted on 01/20/2008 3:09:10 AM PST by counterpunch (GOP Convention '08 Go For Brokered!)
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To: counterpunch

lol! Not me, I go to extremes everyday to take care of my customers. Have been for thirty years next week. However, there are those who don’t cater to the customer as seriously as I do. Mostly newer and younger employees who don’t understand the value of satisfied customers. Those types really irritate me, too.


15 posted on 01/20/2008 3:10:16 AM PST by upsdriver (Thank you, Duncan Hunter! ! Like Ronald Reagan, you make me proud to be an American!)
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To: counterpunch

History is not a SIMPLE guide!
It must be interpreted as somethings changed in the world,in US society,and on the political stage.
Then many parameters have to be taken into account to understand correctly the teachings of History.
How many and what kind of candidates were there in the 2000 primary elections on the Republican side?....As an example


16 posted on 01/20/2008 3:11:08 AM PST by Ulysse
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To: AlaskaErik

This was a primary where most people voting were either independents or evangelicals.
Just have patience, Fred’s time is about to come, now that we’re finally getting to closed primaries with only Republicans voting and where pastors don’t hold sway over the voters.


17 posted on 01/20/2008 3:12:25 AM PST by counterpunch (GOP Convention '08 Go For Brokered!)
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To: ME-262

“The Vice President spot is still up for grabs and who could play the part better than an actor?”

Everything is STILL UP for GRABS! NOTHING HAS BEEN DECIDED!


18 posted on 01/20/2008 3:27:05 AM PST by A. Morgan (CNN- the pantload Network. Tune in and you'll GET a pantload!)
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To: Free Vulcan
"Huck’s hold over the churches"

Do the churches in the south have that kind of herd mentality?

19 posted on 01/20/2008 3:29:28 AM PST by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: counterpunch

I just heard that Fred won Nevada!


20 posted on 01/20/2008 3:34:37 AM PST by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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