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Fred Thompsonís New Energy
Christian Broadcasting Network ^ | December 18,2007 | David Brody

Posted on 12/18/2007 7:07:16 PM PST by ellery

I write this Tuesday night from Waterloo, Iowa and I just finished attending a Fred Thompson campaign event. Folks, this is a very different Fred Thompson I saw compared to his rollout in September.

The expectations are gone. The slow start is a distant memory. It has been replaced by a much more crisp, energetic, focused stump speech. The crowd seemed more engaged and rowdy and Thompson had the enthusiasm to match.

He comes out at the beginning of the event an starts cracking jokes like this one:

“It was getting so cold in Washington that the politicians have their hands in their own pockets.”

Or this one:

“It’s wonderful to be in Waterloo and I aint here to play the role of Napoleon.”

Then he proclaims he’s the conservative horse in the race and says energetically, “Saddle me up”

Now, it would be at this point in September where he would begin to ramble a little bit and lose focus. Not this time. Fred Thompson is on top of his game. No rambling. He’s focused on substance and determined to prove he’s the logical conservative choice. But he’s doing it all with a smile on his face. He seems very comfortable up there and he’s having fun.

Thompson told the crowd, “I know who I am and I know what I believe.” This statement is at the heart of his campaign. Thompson has always marched to his own tune. The song in December of 2007 sounds harmonious.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; election; elections; fred; fredthompson; thompson
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1 posted on 12/18/2007 7:07:17 PM PST by ellery
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To: Politicalmom; jellybean; Josh Painter; 2ndDivisionVet

Another ping!


2 posted on 12/18/2007 7:07:57 PM PST by ellery (I don't remember a constitutional amendment that gives you the right not to be identified-R.Giuliani)
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To: ellery

Smart fellow.

He let the others run extra laps.


3 posted on 12/18/2007 7:08:15 PM PST by bannie
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To: ellery

Don’t be manipulated by the MSM. Fred ALWAYS had quite enough energy.


4 posted on 12/18/2007 7:09:57 PM PST by RKV (He who has the guns makes the rules)
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To: ellery

Why, the ol’ sandbagger...

Go Fred!


5 posted on 12/18/2007 7:10:22 PM PST by Route66 (America's Main Street - - - Fred D. Thompson / Consistent Conservative...The One with Gravitas)
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To: All

The MSM lost interest in Fred...Fred didnt lose any energy.

I would not be surprised Fred ends up winning Iowa...contrary to the MSM. My gut feeling


6 posted on 12/18/2007 7:15:08 PM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (Mike Huckabee values illegals, criminals, and terrorists...Thanks "Values Voters")
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To: ellery

bookmark


7 posted on 12/18/2007 7:16:56 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Friends don't let friends vote Huckabee)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior
I would not be surprised Fred ends up winning Iowa...contrary to the MSM. My gut feeling

Almost as much fun as the great victory for Fred would be the MSM being forced to talk about him.

8 posted on 12/18/2007 7:18:46 PM PST by HerrBlucher (He's the coolest thing around, gonna shut HRC down, gonna turn it on, wind it up, blow em out, FDT!)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

I expect that Romney will still pull out a win in Iowa, merely because of the years and millions of dollars he has spent. However, Thompson’s campaign has said that a strong third would leave them in a strong position, and second would be a huge win.

On the other hand if Romney doesn’t win big, I suspect he’ll be weakened because he didn’t win the expectation game (that’s why he’s currently trying to position himself as an underdog).


9 posted on 12/18/2007 7:23:48 PM PST by ellery (I don't remember a constitutional amendment that gives you the right not to be identified-R.Giuliani)
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To: ellery

“saddle me up” - sounds Reaganesque.


10 posted on 12/18/2007 7:24:12 PM PST by skeeter
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To: skeeter
“saddle me up” - sounds Reaganesque.

Sounds more like Anna Nicole...

11 posted on 12/18/2007 7:26:51 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

“I would not be surprised Fred ends up winning Iowa...contrary to the MSM. My gut feeling”

That’s all I want for Christmas!


12 posted on 12/18/2007 7:27:00 PM PST by Bizhvywt
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To: ellery

The said thing is, this has been part of the strategy all along...

The Timing is perfect, the other boys are starting to lose it. Just need it to go a little longer though.


13 posted on 12/18/2007 7:27:43 PM PST by ejonesie22 (In America all people have a right to be wrong, some just exercise it a bit much...)
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To: Route66

That was always a term of endearment for me on the billiards table. :^)


14 posted on 12/18/2007 7:29:23 PM PST by eyedigress
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To: ellery

Fred’s been getting started for how long now?
Look here’s some interesting numbers I found. You have to go all the way back to 1980 to find a second place winner in IOWA who went on to win the nomination. Fred needs to Win to Win.
Republicans
2004- George W. Bush* (unopposed)
2000- George W. Bush* (41%) defeated Steve Forbes (30%), Alan Keyes (14%), Gary Bauer (9%), John McCain (5%) and Orrin Hatch (1%)
1996- Bob Dole (26%) defeated Pat Buchanan (23%), Lamar Alexander (18%), Steve Forbes (10%), Phil Gramm (9%), Alan Keyes (7%), Richard Lugar (4%) and Morry Taylor (1%)
1992- George H. W. Bush (unopposed)
1988- Bob Dole (37%) defeated Pat Robertson (25%), George H. W. Bush* (19%), Jack Kemp (11%) and Pete DuPont (7%)
1984- Ronald Reagan* (unopposed)
1980- George H. W. Bush (32%) defeated Ronald Reagan* (30%), Howard Baker (15%), John Connally (9%), Phil Crane (7%), John B. Anderson (4%) and Bob Dole (2%)
1976- Gerald Ford defeated Ronald Reagan


15 posted on 12/18/2007 7:29:32 PM PST by topfile
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To: ellery

Fred will show a strong third or possible second in the polls leading into the day of the election. Expect a strong second or possibly a mild first when the votes are counted.

That’s Fred.


16 posted on 12/18/2007 7:29:35 PM PST by ejonesie22 (In America all people have a right to be wrong, some just exercise it a bit much...)
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To: ellery

tonight on hannity & colmes, alan asked fred to raise his hand. fred said he would not raise his hand until chief justice roberts swore him in as president. great moment.


17 posted on 12/18/2007 7:29:46 PM PST by thefactor
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To: ejonesie22

Exactly. The so-called “slow pace” might very well benefit Fred .

The others are burning out quickly , I like it .


18 posted on 12/18/2007 7:29:55 PM PST by Neu Pragmatist (Your friendly resident drive-by poster , it's for a great cause ! Stop the RINO's - VOTE FRED !)
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To: billorites

*Snort*


20 posted on 12/18/2007 7:32:01 PM PST by skeeter
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To: ejonesie22
A 2nd in IA would make Fred's bones, for sure.
My mom said Hillary was to land her helicopter at the community college around 4pm today. She declined to go...
21 posted on 12/18/2007 7:32:25 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: ellery

Hopefully Huckabee’s surge will diminish and take Romney with it. And Fred will get the votes previously intended for these two RINOs.


22 posted on 12/18/2007 7:33:36 PM PST by Theo (Global warming "scientists." Pro-evolution "scientists." They're both wrong.)
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To: topfile

Tonight on Hannity’s show he points out Iowa and Republican winners, even goes back to 1980. He’s was prepared, they were’nt.


23 posted on 12/18/2007 7:34:43 PM PST by eyedigress
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To: Neu Pragmatist
It’s been the plan all along. Stay out of the way, let the boys up on the stage in their “Conservative Costumes” duke it out, go straight to the voters. In the end walk in as the adult conservative and say...

“Howdy, would you all like to vote for a conservative now...”

It saves money and keeps the hands clean to a certain extent.

24 posted on 12/18/2007 7:34:51 PM PST by ejonesie22 (In America all people have a right to be wrong, some just exercise it a bit much...)
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To: montag813

Christians sure are retards, hm?

Can’t stop yourself from your anti-Christian bigotry, hm?

Look at the comment I just made. That’s how to be winsome and effective. Not through your anti-Christian bigotry.


25 posted on 12/18/2007 7:34:51 PM PST by Theo (Global warming "scientists." Pro-evolution "scientists." They're both wrong.)
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To: montag813

Fred would never use something another candidate has done. Heeelllllooooo!


26 posted on 12/18/2007 7:36:48 PM PST by eyedigress
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To: ellery

I am cautiously optimistic.

Now hammer them, Fred.


27 posted on 12/18/2007 7:37:04 PM PST by Gator113 (My short list..Fred, Hunter, Romney.)
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To: ejonesie22

Exactly . Fred is one of the few remaining old-school players ...


28 posted on 12/18/2007 7:41:18 PM PST by Neu Pragmatist (Your friendly resident drive-by poster , it's for a great cause ! Stop the RINO's - VOTE FRED !)
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To: montag813

Christians don’t support everyone who uses the name of Jesus. Just watch the MSM and you hear His name used as an exclamation all the time. In fact, its more acceptable to use His name than the F word. Interesting, eh?


29 posted on 12/18/2007 7:42:04 PM PST by huldah1776 ( Worthy is the Lamb)
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To: HerrBlucher

Fred needs to show himself to be the conservative alternative to the Huckster. I wish him well. But if someone doesn’t emerge soon, we will be stuck with a Guilani-Huckabee ticket.


30 posted on 12/18/2007 7:42:37 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: topfile
"You have to go all the way back to 1980 to find a second place winner in IOWA who went on to win the nomination."

But you only have to go back to 1988 to find a third place finisher who went on to win it all.....GHW Bush.

31 posted on 12/18/2007 7:43:31 PM PST by Reo
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To: UCFRoadWarrior
I am part of the counterculture that rebels against the establishment ( the Liberal Main Stream Media establishment that is ).
32 posted on 12/18/2007 7:44:44 PM PST by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: eyedigress

Had to DVR Hannity. Last time Hannity pulled a fast one on Fred when Hannity Engineered the Dobson vs. Thompson fiasco. Hannity still obviously supporting Rudy I suppose.


33 posted on 12/18/2007 7:44:52 PM PST by topfile
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To: Reo

We’ll see.


34 posted on 12/18/2007 7:47:02 PM PST by topfile
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To: ellery

Thanks for the report! I can’t wait to see him when he gets down here to Florida! Saw Fred this evening on Fox on H&C, and he was great per usual! GO FRED! :)


35 posted on 12/18/2007 7:47:27 PM PST by seekthetruth
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To: Bizhvywt
“I would not be surprised Fred ends up winning Iowa...contrary to the MSM. My gut feeling”
That’s all I want for Christmas!

Dear God ? grant me my Christmas, Iowa, NH, SC, super Tuesday wish for a Fred Thompson win, and dear GOD ? force the MSM to eat crow.
36 posted on 12/18/2007 7:48:11 PM PST by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I did not that SHE had a helicopter. Who gave it to HER or did SHE just take it? I thought that SHE flew in on a broom.


37 posted on 12/18/2007 7:48:21 PM PST by businessprofessor
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To: ellery

The bus of Republican Presidential hopeful, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, arrives in Manchester, Iowa, Tuesday, Dec. 18,2007. (AP Photo/Mark Hirsch)


38 posted on 12/18/2007 7:50:50 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICEís toll-free tip hotline ó1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: topfile

The dynamics are very different this year with the number of first tier candidates and the timing of primaries. If Fred makes a much stronger than expected showing in Iowa, he will have a lot of momentum.


39 posted on 12/18/2007 7:51:12 PM PST by businessprofessor
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To: topfile

Just might be 1980 all over again! In my opinion, Fred Thompson is the closest to Ronald Reagan this time around!
GO FRED! :)


40 posted on 12/18/2007 7:52:13 PM PST by seekthetruth
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To: eyedigress
That was always a term of endearment for me on the billiards table.

Hey, eyedigress, you gonna shoot left-handed all night?

41 posted on 12/18/2007 7:52:22 PM PST by Petronski (Reject the liberal superfecta: huckabee, romney, giuliani, mccain)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior
"I would not be surprised Fred ends up winning Iowa...contrary to the MSM. My gut feeling."

If Fred wins Iowa, Mitt and Mike are toast. It'll be Fred versus Rudy, and I don't see Rudy winning South Carolina or Florida.

42 posted on 12/18/2007 7:52:49 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Your "dirt" on Fred is about as persuasive as a Nancy Pelosi Veteran's Day Speech)
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To: topfile
You have to go all the way back to 1980 to find a second place winner in IOWA who went on to win the nomination.

Are you deliberately ignoring GHWB's THIRD place finish in 1988? Gee, if memory serves me right, I coulda swore he won not only the GOP nomination that year but the presidency.

Of course WINNING is always preferred to 2nd or 3rd, but Fred certainly is not "finished" if he doesn't win. Do you expect everyone to drop out of the race except for the winner after Iowa? LOL

Romney will probably win Iowa. Huckabee has peaked and is on his way down. I can easily see him imploding and fading to 3rd while Fred moves up into 2nd.

43 posted on 12/18/2007 7:53:46 PM PST by GLDNGUN
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To: businessprofessor

You’ve met my Mom, then ?


44 posted on 12/18/2007 7:55:04 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior; prairiebreeze; seekthetruth
Look for Thompson to pull off a big surprise in Iowa on January 3.

I've been duking it out for weeks here against all the nay-sayers, doomsters and those of little faith in the Fredster. Getting all worn out from it, by golly.

However, I'll be revived after Iowa.....and I'll be looking for all the boo-birds to sheepishly do some about-faces.

"No fire in the belly", my ash!

Leni

45 posted on 12/18/2007 7:55:08 PM PST by MinuteGal (Three Cheers for the FRed, White and Blue !!!)
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To: Petronski

If that’s the only way to get wager?! You betcha!


46 posted on 12/18/2007 7:55:58 PM PST by eyedigress
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To: Theo
Christians sure are retards, hm? Can’t stop yourself from your anti-Christian bigotry, hm?

Nice try. But I am not fooled by Huckabee or his supporters as they attempt to shield his atrocious history with his Christian posturing. He is a fraud. And the statements he made regarding illegals when Governor were positively leftist. Sorry, pal, I don't believe in a place called Hope.

47 posted on 12/18/2007 7:56:40 PM PST by montag813
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To: ellery
Now he needs to whack Huckabee:

"Mike's a nice enough fellow, can't say 'no' to anybody. That's why he's against a fence on the border and against fences around our prisons."

48 posted on 12/18/2007 7:58:38 PM PST by cookcounty (Ja-pan Jack Murtha, The ex-Marine who thinks Okinawa is on his Middle East map.)
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To: NormsRevenge
The bus of Republican Presidential hopeful, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson...

Gotta laugh at the "Hands Down!" slogan on the side. Was that added right after the last debate?

49 posted on 12/18/2007 7:59:28 PM PST by GLDNGUN
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To: NormsRevenge

The Clear Conservative Choice. Hands Down!

I love it!!!!! Was that slogan written after the latest debate in which the candidates were asked to “raise their hands?”


50 posted on 12/18/2007 8:00:20 PM PST by Boanarges
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