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Reviews Are in on Thompson's Debate Performance
Campaigns & Elections ^ | October 21, 2007 | Karen Hanretty

Posted on 10/22/2007 9:59:21 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

"Helped Themselves a Lot Tonight: Fred Thompson"

- National Review

"We had been waiting for any speech, any debate appearance, any event with Thompson to be a 'wow, that was fantastic.' Well, tonight was that moment we've been waiting for."

- National Review

"Fred Thompson delivers the first blow..."

- ABC News Political Radar

"Fred going on offense."

- Politico

"Thompson revved up."

- Time

"Kudos to Fred Thompson for coming out swinging tonight."

- Townhall

"He [Fred] ought to get serious points for guts."

- National Review

"'If a man can do all that and be lazy, I recommend it to everybody,' Thompson said to loud applause. Nice comeback."

- Politico

"That was a really, really strong response from Thompson" [Reference to final question]

- NBC

"Fred Thompson did quite well. Once again, he ended strong."

- Townhall

"Thompson's ability to slug it out with Giuliani, coupled with overall improvement in the quality of his answers, makes him one of tonight's winners."

- Powerline

"But if this debate is remembered at all, it will probably be because Fred Thompson, arguably a sleeping giant, seemed to wake up."

- Powerline


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: 2008; conservatives; debate; debates; duncanhunter; election; electionpresident; elections; firstprinciples; fl2008; folksy; fred; fredthompson; giuliani; gop; gopdebates; huckabee; laconic; lazyasafox; media; msm; primaries; republicans; romney; thompson
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Some good reviews from established media and blogs.
1 posted on 10/22/2007 9:59:22 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

But but but...

He still looks old...

Sheesh...


2 posted on 10/22/2007 10:01:11 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (265 pound Lemming with attitude for Thompson!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Came off much better than the first debate.


3 posted on 10/22/2007 10:02:32 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture )
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

bump


4 posted on 10/22/2007 10:02:45 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
...But, but, he's lazy, he's, he's...ill. He must've had his hot wife backstage cooing answers in his ear. His suit are too tight (or loose, depending on the event) and he rubs his fingers across his nose (eww!). Besides, he's bald.

It doesn't matter how he performs, all the above make him a no-show for the voter, don'cha know?

5 posted on 10/22/2007 10:03:52 AM PDT by bcsco ("The American Indians found out what happens when you don't control immigration.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Fred Thompson ‘08!


6 posted on 10/22/2007 10:04:58 AM PDT by PreciousLiberty
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

IMO last nights winners:

1- Thompson
2- McCain ( yeah I know but he did good )
3- Romney

The press seems intent on not giving Hunter any real time asking him 1 question to everyone else’s 4-5.

Ron Paul anchored his position as village idiot, Tancredo is a one issue candidate ( albeit I agree that one issue is a bog one and does inter-twine with others ), and Huckabee as n Arkansas goober.


7 posted on 10/22/2007 10:05:51 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thompson is our best crack at a conservative candidate.
Hunter is better, but the media keeps ignoring him.

If Giuliani wins and Thompson shows enough fire, Giuliani might pick him to shore up conservative votes.


8 posted on 10/22/2007 10:06:51 AM PDT by ZULU (We)
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To: Resolute Conservative

McCain had the best lines of the night.


9 posted on 10/22/2007 10:06:58 AM PDT by JRochelle (Rudy voted for McGovern in '72. Romney voted for Tsongas in '92.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He reminds me of John Riggins - the Diesel. Takes a bit to get up to speed, but tough to stop once he’s going.


10 posted on 10/22/2007 10:07:07 AM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: ZULU

Thompson has already ruled out being VP.


11 posted on 10/22/2007 10:07:38 AM PDT by JRochelle (Rudy voted for McGovern in '72. Romney voted for Tsongas in '92.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I myself, would like a Thompson/Hunter ticket.

Fred did great in the debate. He also stuck it to liberal Rooty.


12 posted on 10/22/2007 10:07:47 AM PDT by dforest (Duncan Hunter is the best hope we have on both fronts.)
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To: ZULU

Dream on. Rooty will pick whoever the gnomes in the MSM tell him to pick to ensure a victory for her with no name.


13 posted on 10/22/2007 10:09:05 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Resolute Conservative

whoever = whomever


14 posted on 10/22/2007 10:09:26 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: ZULU
Thompson is our best crack at a conservative candidate.
Hunter is better, but the media keeps ignoring him.

Thompson should choose Duncan Hunter as his VP candidate

15 posted on 10/22/2007 10:09:49 AM PDT by clamper1797 (Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government if and when it deserves it)
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To: bcsco

No man his age with a wife like his is lazy. Tired maybe, but definitely not lazy.


16 posted on 10/22/2007 10:10:33 AM PDT by deaconjim (Because He lives...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Okay, here goes:

If this these reviews are correct and
If Fred did get more aggressive and
If Fred did “catch fire,” as it were, then:

Fred may have a good enough organization to listen to the feedback from the voters and adapt accordingly.

Very good. - Most pols really only do one of two things:
Ignore the voters and listen to themselves, or:
Tell everyone everything that they want to hear.

Cautious optimism is warranted.

17 posted on 10/22/2007 10:10:46 AM PDT by bill1952 ("all that we do is done with an eye towards something else." - Aristotle)
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To: clamper1797

Yes or as SecDef and make Steele, Barbour, or Watts his VP. A good long shot would be Santorum.

I would like to see Peter Pace approached.

Let the grooming for 2016 begin.


18 posted on 10/22/2007 10:11:58 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: clamper1797
Thompson should choose Duncan Hunter as his VP candidate

That's my dream team.

And for the rest....

He looks ill. He has no “fire in the belly.” (quickly becoming the most hackneyed saying on this board, up with “gravitas” and “vitriol.”)
He was for Campaign Finance Reform.
He is a member of the nefarious CFR.
He doesn’t really drive around DC in a red pickup.
He once had a third cousin related to a lawyer who was pro-RoeVWade.
He has very little experience (despite having more than any Rat).
He once spent 3 hrs smoking a cigar with a consultant to the Grand Sultan of Dubai.
Despite being a God-fearing man, he hasn’t put on knee-pads for an otherwise sensible J. Dobson.
And finally, he married a younger, smart woman, who he clearly loves very much, after divorcing amicably with his first wife 20 years ago.
Am I leaving anything out??? I just wanted to get it all out on the thread so that the rest of comments could actually be pertinent to the race ahead.
19 posted on 10/22/2007 10:14:15 AM PDT by Harrius Magnus (Pucker up Mo, and your dhimmi Leftist freaks, here comes your Jizya!)
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To: JRochelle

By far. And I don’t think puffing up Fred’s performance is going to help win in 2008. Fred was better but besides two decent one liners, there wasn’t much there. I’m growing tired of everyone proping this guy up and kidding themselves about these debates. Objectively McCain had a great performance, Fred was so-so and unmotivating.


20 posted on 10/22/2007 10:15:33 AM PDT by enough_idiocy (www.daypo.net/test-iraq-war.html)
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