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Thompson's AWFUL Busy for Being So Lazy
Red State ^ | October 8, 2007 | "Haystack"

Posted on 10/08/2007 9:08:05 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

There's a debate coming up. Fred has made it pretty clear in the past that these little dog and pony shows don't do much for him as far as anyone getting any REAL chance to speak up and speak out. In fact, not so far back I mentioned his quote about accepting the fact that he needed to "be a good boy and stand in line and wait for them to throw me a fish just like everybody else."

He continues to field the pot-shots about being lazy...that's fine-no one seems interested enough challenge his policy positions or his general outlook with respect to the country-so be it.

Now comes THIS piece (in USA Today no less) telling us about the team he has assembled, all known quantities with a wealth of diverse experiences. Seems to me Fred's been VERY busy of late-an awful lot more busy than someone who is lazy, indifferent, uninspired, and is suffering no belly fires:

Just in time for his first appearance at a presidential debate -- tomorrow in Dearborn, Mich., -- Republican contender Fred Thompson has unveiled a campaign "leadership team" with some names that should be familiar to conservative Republicans. The Thompson campaign has e-mailed reporters that:

"Sen. Fred Thompson announced today the members of his National Campaign Leadership Team: Sen. Howard H. Baker will serve as honorary chairman of his presidential campaign and Sen. Spencer Abraham, Sen. George Allen, and Elizabeth Cheney will serve as campaign co-chairs."

Not bad. Not bad at all.

The official Campaign Presser is here, and basically gives background on the newly-announced Senior Team. Fred's introduction of them is worth noting:

Howard Baker is my longtime mentor, advisor, and close friend, and I am very grateful that he will serve as honorary chairman of my campaign," said Sen. Fred Thompson. "I am also very pleased to announce that former Senators Abraham and Allen, as well as Liz Cheney, will serve as co-chairs of my national leadership team." Sen. Fred Thompson added: "These distinguished individuals bring wise counsel and invaluable experience to my campaign leadership team, and they will play a critical role in helping spread my consistent conservative message across America."

"Wise council," "invaluable experience," "helping spread my consistent conservative message across America." These words are things to remember, while the next several days in the media will bring attempts to shred and destroy each of them in kind-personally and professionally.

So let's see of I have this right:

New Leadership Team. Check. Doing the debate in spite of its inherent flaws. Check. Achieving second place in Iowa without having spent a great deal of money there. Check. A speech about Uniting America here, a speech about Defending the Dream there, and articles HERE, and HERE, and elsewhere that now cozy up to scenarios where he might actually pull this thing off. Check. A TV interview with Hannity - Jeri by Fred's side. Check.

For, perhaps, the first time ever I will actually have to agree with MSNBC. Lazy Like A Fox just about sums it up.


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The media is trying everything they can to derail FRed's campaign, since they know he'll cream their Hillary in November 2008. Mitt and Rudy would love to have the team and Southern endorsements that FRed has already gathered up.
1 posted on 10/08/2007 9:08:07 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: Sturm Ruger; ejonesie22; Politicalmom; Jim Robinson

Ping!


2 posted on 10/08/2007 9:52:30 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Security * Unity * Prosperity | Fred08.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What's most interesting about this is that it reflects his style. He's not flashy, he's solid. That's a pretty good team he has assembled there.

People are so bored if there aren't sparklers going off and "Oh WOW!" announcements every day--and yet, we're the ones who are supposed to be the adults, we're supposed to be the ones who don't care about flash and are into substance. Yet many of us are moaning "Bo-ring!"

In our media-driven culture, people tend to forget that the one we get EXCITED! about is the one we're bored with a month later. In the spring, the media would have had us just skip the preliminaries and make Barak Obama emperor. In another election cycle, the wild-soundbite-per-minute Howard Dean was DEFINITELY going to be the dem nominee. And so on.

It just seems that Fred is doing everything right for a solid, substantial campaign, whereas some of the other Republicans are trying to jam their message through with huge cash outlays so we buy them before we even know what we've bought.

3 posted on 10/08/2007 9:53:21 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Pro-Life atheist Bostonian. If I don't it respond it might be because you sent me something stupid)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Standby for the Scumbag Romney Sleaze Squad...


4 posted on 10/08/2007 9:57:53 PM PDT by Petronski (Congratulations Tribe! AL Central Champs)
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To: jellybean; girlangler; KoRn; Shortstop7; Lunatic Fringe; Darnright; babygene; pitbully; granite; ...
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5 posted on 10/08/2007 9:59:27 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: 2ndDivisionVet
Run Mosey, Fred,Run Mosey
Prosperity. Unity. Security

6 posted on 10/08/2007 10:03:52 PM PDT by papasmurf (I'm for Free, Fair, and Open trade. America needs to stand by it's true Friend. Israel.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
President Reagan gave strict orders to be woken if anything important happened. Even if he was in a Cabinet Meeting.

Pray for W and Our Troops

7 posted on 10/08/2007 10:10:19 PM PDT by bray (Think "Betray U.S." Think Democrat)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It would be nice if FRed went in there and broke up the business as usual, but I doubt it will happen. I’d say just being in one of those “debates” would take the wind out of anyone’s sails. I would love it if FRed jumped Chris Mathews if he misbehaves though, I’m sure Mathews act up.


8 posted on 10/08/2007 10:10:48 PM PDT by KoRn (Just Say NO ....To Liberal Republicans - FRED THOMPSON FOR PRESIDENT!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

From the article: “He continues to field the pot-shots about being lazy”

I hope that if Chris Mathews asks Fred how he feels about being called lazy, that he says to Mathews, “Would you like to ask me a question of substance?”


9 posted on 10/08/2007 10:15:14 PM PDT by seekthetruth
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To: papasmurf

They didn’t even mention that he was ‘folksy’ in that whole article...I feel slighted.


10 posted on 10/08/2007 10:20:05 PM PDT by FlashBack (ProudPatriots.Org / WoundedWarriorProject.Org / MoveAmericaForward.Org)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Fred talks to us as though we were grownups. The others shout, gesture, point - like dictators.

The media has coined this ‘boring’, ‘lazy’ to hang on him in hopes of deep sixing him. Remember the tags they hung on Pres. Bush?

I would hope republicans are smarter than that - but it’s not looking so

11 posted on 10/08/2007 10:24:34 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time" LINCOLN)
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To: seekthetruth
I hope that if Chris Mathews asks Fred how he feels about being called lazy, that he says to Mathews, “Would you like to ask me a question of substance?”

Even better, "How do you feel about being called an obnoxious jerk, Chris?"

12 posted on 10/08/2007 10:27:28 PM PDT by jellybean (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=dailyfread Proud Ann-droid and a Steyn-aholic)
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To: Petronski

My hope is that Thompson runs a great campaign.

And btw, tearing down the other guy won’t build up your guy.


13 posted on 10/08/2007 10:28:04 PM PDT by WOSG (I just wish freepers would bash Democrats as much as they bash Republicans)
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To: FlashBack

Well, FWIW, I think your race car is “folksy”. :)


14 posted on 10/08/2007 10:28:32 PM PDT by papasmurf (I'm for Free, Fair, and Open trade. America needs to stand by it's true Friend. Israel.)
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To: papasmurf

We did just recently give it that ‘folksy’ touch I guess!
That’s better than some of the comments our competitiors have thrown our way over the years ;)
Now we’re runnin on FRed-Power!!


15 posted on 10/08/2007 10:35:26 PM PDT by FlashBack (ProudPatriots.Org / WoundedWarriorProject.Org / MoveAmericaForward.Org)
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To: WOSG
And btw, tearing down the other guy won’t build up your guy.

Then why do the Hunter/Romney camps on FR insist on using it as their major campaign strategy?

16 posted on 10/08/2007 10:36:51 PM PDT by jellybean (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=dailyfread Proud Ann-droid and a Steyn-aholic)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Spencer Abraham...i thought he adiosed this guy
troubling.


17 posted on 10/08/2007 11:03:23 PM PDT by stylin19a
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To: stylin19a
He is doing liaison work with state legislators, congress, the senate and other government officials. He is not making policy from what I understand.
18 posted on 10/08/2007 11:06:33 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Security * Unity * Prosperity | Fred08.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; prairiebreeze

Did anyone see Hannity & Colmes tonight with Dobson and Ann Coulter?
I thought Dobson was going to pop a vessel at the mention of Fred. His animosity was downright visceral.

Ann was completely disingenuous in her comments ~ she needs to read Free Republic.


19 posted on 10/09/2007 12:02:04 AM PDT by b9 ("You know what Thompson reminds me of? The BOSS. The guy who is in charge." ~ carton253)
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To: FlashBack
They didn’t even mention that he was ‘folksy’ in that whole article...I feel slighted.

You just wanted another drink ... don't try to deny it.

20 posted on 10/09/2007 12:04:07 AM PDT by lkco
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To: b9

No I didn’t see the performance...ahem...”show”.

Dobson will come out for Romney soon I predict. Apparently it’s ok to be a reborn pro-choicer POTUS.


21 posted on 10/09/2007 3:42:29 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (PUT AMERICA AHEAD! VOTE FOR FRED!!)
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To: WOSG
And btw, tearing down the other guy won’t build up your guy.

You're talking to the wrong side.

22 posted on 10/09/2007 3:47:03 AM PDT by Petronski (Congratulations Tribe! AL Central Champs)
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To: All
LAZY LIKE A FOX BUMP!

A MAN TOO BUSY TO BE LAZY!

FRED VETS, SIGN UP TODAY AT:

23 posted on 10/09/2007 4:10:16 AM PDT by W04Man (I'm Now With Fred http://Vets4Fred.net)
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To: Petronski

Amen...


24 posted on 10/09/2007 4:26:08 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (I don't use a sarcasm tag, it kills the effect...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
and Elizabeth Cheney will serve as campaign co-chairs

*************

No kidding? That's interesting.

25 posted on 10/09/2007 4:53:57 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: prairiebreeze
I don’t see it. I think he is using Romney to force something, though I don’t know what. I hate to say it, but with Romney being LDS I can’t see the Evangelicals biting and Dobson knows that. His core would look at him a bit funny to say the least.
26 posted on 10/09/2007 6:37:22 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (I don't use a sarcasm tag, it kills the effect...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

FWIW that’s what Abraham is good at.


27 posted on 10/09/2007 6:54:07 AM PDT by RockinRight (Can we start calling Fred "44" now, please?)
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To: lkco

LOL!!!!


28 posted on 10/09/2007 7:15:25 AM PDT by FlashBack (ProudPatriots.Org / WoundedWarriorProject.Org / MoveAmericaForward.Org)
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To: ejonesie22
I think he is using Romney to force something, though I don’t know what.

At minimum, I'd say.

His core would look at him a bit funny to say the least.

Other than Dobson's sycophants, many conservatives are already looking askance and raising eyebrows at his nose-cutting spitefulness.

29 posted on 10/09/2007 7:22:15 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (PUT AMERICA AHEAD! VOTE FOR FRED!!)
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To: prairiebreeze

Dobson is definitely working some angle on this....


30 posted on 10/09/2007 7:42:38 AM PDT by FlashBack (ProudPatriots.Org / WoundedWarriorProject.Org / MoveAmericaForward.Org)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Sturm Ruger; ejonesie22; Politicalmom; Jim Robinson
We've kept FRed 'racing' around here up til lately (rear bumper): Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
31 posted on 10/09/2007 7:54:53 AM PDT by FlashBack (ProudPatriots.Org / WoundedWarriorProject.Org / MoveAmericaForward.Org)
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To: FlashBack

He’s power mongering to be certain. Trying to demonstrate how big his stick is (no pun intended). However, this may turn around and how him how much littler his stick is than what he thought.

Somebody posted elsewhere this almost reeks of Soros-type money agenda. Now THAT would make my head explode. But if it’s not Soros money (unlikely I hope) but IS a money-driven tactic....then who?

Or is Dr. Dobson simply becoming a much more willing puppet of the driveby media? I have little doubt a lot of what Ann Coulter says is at the behest of her producers, like any pundit. Why not Dobson..


32 posted on 10/09/2007 8:04:54 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (PUT AMERICA AHEAD! VOTE FOR FRED!!)
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To: prairiebreeze

Yep, it is often said...”Follow the money.”


33 posted on 10/09/2007 8:08:53 AM PDT by FlashBack (ProudPatriots.Org / WoundedWarriorProject.Org / MoveAmericaForward.Org)
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To: ejonesie22

What is Romney’s connection to the Marriott hotel chain? I should probably look it up for myself, and I guess I will.


34 posted on 10/09/2007 8:10:06 AM PDT by petitfour
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To: petitfour

Board of Directors I think.


35 posted on 10/09/2007 8:27:00 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (Hey, weren't you banned for being an idiot in another thread...)
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To: FlashBack

Gr8 vanity pl8!


36 posted on 10/09/2007 9:23:09 AM PDT by eastsider
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To: Petronski

So you must agree with me, then. good.


37 posted on 10/09/2007 9:02:54 PM PDT by WOSG (I just wish freepers would bash Democrats as much as they bash Republicans)
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To: ejonesie22

So you think many evagelicals are too bigotted in the voting booth to vote for a Mormon? And Dobson never endorsed/supported pro-life pro-family conservative non-evangelicals? say like Rick Santorum? Dobson doing what he can to help support Federal marriage amendment would be far less strange than seeing a pro-choice divorced Catholic get the nomination.


38 posted on 10/09/2007 9:10:07 PM PDT by WOSG (I just wish freepers would bash Democrats as much as they bash Republicans)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“The media is trying everything they can to derail FRed’s campaign, since they know he’ll cream their Hillary in November 2008”

You got it!


39 posted on 10/10/2007 12:19:55 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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