Skip to comments.Reviews Are in on Thompson's Debate Performance
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."
"Thompson revved up."
"Kudos to Fred Thompson for coming out swinging tonight."
"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."
"That was a really, really strong response from Thompson" [Reference to final question]
"Fred Thompson did quite well. Once again, he ended strong."
"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."
"But if this debate is remembered at all, it will probably be because Fred Thompson, arguably a sleeping giant, seemed to wake up."
You forgot the time he played a racist bigot on that show Wiseguy.
1. It'd be the shortest State of the Union address; "I BELIEEEEEEVE!!!"
2. It's somehow refreshing to know that some of us on FR are willing to vote for a man, not because he's the village idiot, but because he's OUR IDIOT! That's really Kool (in an 'Aid' sort of way) :)
3. Ire away! I need a laugh.
Several of the candidates did really well last night, better than I’ve seen them before [like McCain]. Made good points. Rudy sounded likeable and joked, but he did not answer a direct question.
I prefer to think who helped themselves, and who didn’t help themselves, rather than think who won or didn’t win.
I support Fred and am enthused at how he did, but it was good to hear some good points from some of the other candidates. It seemed that a lot of it was centered around things Fred has been saying on the campaign trail, which was good. He framed the debate.
Yeah, and RP has Alex Jones :)
Good photo. But, somebody should wake McCain up...
#55...Who are all those little people standing next to Fred Thompson?
Thats pretty much how I see it as well.
Of course he came off better last night.. he died
on the vine the first time out. But I have to
tell you, I’m getting pretty tired of hearing
him iterate the resume of his work ethic.
None of the other candidates are going back
45 years to fill us in on a teen-age marriage
and fatherhood. NTL, I’m willing to give
him the boot-strap education/ambition. And,
if the powers that be decide he’s the GOP
candidate, I’ll vote for him. But then, I’ll
vote for any Republican other than McCain
So Fred lost your support....ok....which one of the other candidates did he lose it to?
The one who calls anti-amnesty proponents “racists?” No thanks!
IMHO Hunter could have done better at the debate last night. They asked him questions that he could have taken in a different direction, which could help him break out. He’s stuck in the grove on illegal immigration. I think it was Brit challenged him on that. Illegal immigration is an important issue, but there are also other issues that are just as important. He doesn’t have much that he wants to talk about. Immigration and China trade issues mostly. He isn’t dissapointing on what he does say, but there needs to be more.
Thompson is not interested in VP.
LOL! Nobodies. :)
Rudy = again with the sh*t eating grin
Mitt = I am the phlegm phlagm man
Fred = I sure p3wned them tonight, yeehawwwww
McCain = please help me Dr. Kevorkian
OK, I thought perhaps he was visiting a studio that was doing one of those shows about dwarfs.
You know what I like about Ron Paul? He's the one guy running who would have the guts to tell us the truth about what's going on at Area 51!
All this obsession about who best projects energy, likability, and command of the issues is monumentally beside the point. The important lesson of the last two debates is that Thompson is the only serious guy in the race who is selling what Republican’s want to buy. He’s selling it quite well enough so it isn’t hard to predict that most of them will buy it when the time comes to make a real purchasing decision.
Romney is selling an ersatz knockoff of what Republicans want to buy. Unless he can learn to fake sincerity more convincingly he’s toast.
McCain, Giuliani, and Huckabee are selling something else entirely (statism in one of it’s infinite variations). No matter how quickly and smoothly these guys talk, there is no disguising the fact that they are saying the wrong things to win a Republican presidential nomination or to unify the GOP coalition for next fall. This gets clearer with each debate.
Given his place in the field, Thompson wins whenever he debates. Anyone who tells you different is spinning like the proverbial dervish.
But his wife doesn't!
In a manner of speaking, I guess he was. :)
That will make you look old...
But always with a smile...
“The name “Barney Fife” kept popping into my mind as I watched him last night...”
It was “Pee-Wee Herman”...
Before you blindly believe what another candidate says about a rival, or ignore Thompson’s response about tort reform, read the facts:
* Legal Reform: Supported legal reform measures with a significant interstate nexus.
o Supported Product Liability Reform Measures.
o Voted For Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act.
o Voted For Private Securities Litigation Reform Act And Voted To Override President Clintons Veto.
o Supported Y2K Readiness And Responsibility Act Conference Report.
Supported Passage Of The Republican Patients Bill Of Rights Plus Act In 1999. The bill included legal protections for patients, as well as tax provisions to increase access to health insurance by reducing the cost of health care coverage.
* Believes Legal Reforms Without A Significant Interstate Nexus Are Best Left To The States. Including medical liability reform and volunteer liability protections.
My son refers to that “duh” look as “remedial”. I have that look from time to time (okay, a lot), and that’s what I hear, “Oh, Mom, you look so, so remedial.” (I was just thrilled that he’d mastered a word with more than one syllable.)
Someone needs to whisper “remedial” in John’s ear.
I agree that FDT did okay in the debate. A little shaky here and there, but overall credible.
How come though,that reviews from established media and blogs are suddenly in vogue? These are the same media whose reviews heretofore have been largely scathing. This as recently as Debate-eve at the FL GOP confab. When posted at FR these reviews have been universally dismissed by Fredheads as biased, incorrect, or selective.
So now we are admitting the good reviews, are the previous scathing reviews admissable as well? Or does the Fredhead filter apply, wherein only good reviews are valid?
Exactly right. It seems that some here believe the candidates are auditioning for host of the Tonight Show. The objective of all this fol-de-rol is not entertainment, but a chance to get to know the candidates.
Haven’t had our coffee yet, I assume?
...Right...Right after he gives us the skinny on Tower #7, I'm sure.
If he's so great, then why not vote for the guy? I'm sure he'd appreciate it.
And a nose for the endzone like a pig’s for truffles!
This is why the MSM is proping up Huckabee.
They need a ronpaul for Thompson. Essentially a vote splitter.
The only function of the Frutless Five candidates is to vote split to clear a path for Giuliani’s 27% plurality.
LOL! Good news from the MSM = bad news for true, concerned and deep thinking conservatives.
But then, with anyone under 65, situational ethics rules.
Hey, Fred did pretty well last night, but since when do you’all think the MSM is right?
Because those call-in type polls are not accurate and one person can vote many times. Paul supporters are notorious for spamming polls.
“I myself, would like a Thompson/Hunter ticket.”
More like waiting for the moment.
He’s one of 12 people in a closet speaking all at once. He’s just cruising along waiting until the closet gets depopulated.
>> Thompson should choose Duncan Hunter as his VP candidate
I can understand the appeal on this board to a Hunter VP nomination ... but, honestly, Hunter makes zero sense on a strategic or political level. Nobody knows who he is - so his name-recognition value is zero - and he doesn’t bring any segment of voters that Thompson couldn’t caputure.
Personally, I’d prefer J.C. Watts as a VP candidate. Watts is younger, has name recognition, and is an up-and-comer in the GOP ranks. He’d be a fine President, and would have a good shot at the WH in 8 years. Plus - his race would mute any effects Hillary could get by choosing Obama as a running mate. I’m not sure his state of origin would be particularly helpful, though.
Other names I’ve heard that might have some merit ... John Cornyn (Senator, TX), Gen. Peter Pace, Mitt Romney (might help in the Northeast), Rudy Giuliani (I’d prefer him for DHS, though), Ron Paul (just kidding). None of these are perfect candidates, but their name recognition and/or popularity in areas of the country that wouldn’t necessarily be Thompson’s strengths seem more helpful than Duncan Hunter might be.
I love Hunter, but I don’t think he will get the exposure or the money. I like Fred, and I was happy he took the chance to point out Rooty’s liberal history.
The Thompson/Hunter ticket would put a good strong VP on the ticket.
We are going to all have to mobilze soon if we want to keep RINO Rooty from taking the primary wins because we all split between too many candidates.
I’m ONLY saying he had a good take on the issue of health insurance coverage. He framed the problem very well and articulately. I believe you missed the remainder of my comment, I won’t be voting for him (I hope), but neither will I go after him for being to the Republican Party what Denis Kocynich (sp?) is to the Democrat party.
I’ll give Romney this much — he certainly is handsome.
The man is a male model, for Pete's sake! :)
how about a Governor like Crist. (hold nose)
He controls FL.
Assuming Hillary goes for Ohio Governor.
Nope, didn't miss your point about not voting for him. That's why I asked the question.
But heck, RP, Dennis Kucinich, they're both a barrel of laughs. C'mon, yuk it up with the rest of us. It's fun when you get the ol' laugh machine going.
Cartoonish train wreck is more like it.
tancredo needs to pull out.
Has Romney modeled? If we had a Most Handsome award, he would win.
He could definitely beat Hillary in that race too!