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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 It has been replaced by a much more crisp, energetic, focused stump speech.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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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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To: montag813
Nice try. But I am not fooled by Huckabee or his supporters as they attempt to shield his atrocious history with his Christian posturing.

I'm an evangelical Christian, but am no fan of Huckabee. Your anti-Christian comment was very offensive.

51 posted on 12/18/2007 8:02:05 PM PST by GLDNGUN
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To: Neu Pragmatist
"The so-called “slow pace” might very well benefit Fred "

A lot of people are aggravated that the campaigning has to begin so early. Thompson is the ONLY candidate that stands to benefit from this sentiment.

52 posted on 12/18/2007 8:02:23 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: cookcounty
More than a few Iowegians I know have already had a bellyfull.
53 posted on 12/18/2007 8:08:22 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: GLDNGUN
The age of Miracles is not over. However, consider that the WINNER of IOWA will carry significant momentum. Further, considering the fragmenting differences in our choices the winner in IOWA could reach Critical Mass.
54 posted on 12/18/2007 8:11:48 PM PST by topfile
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To: MinuteGal
Better get the crow pie ready for them.

GO FRED GO !!
55 posted on 12/18/2007 8:14:05 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: GLDNGUN
I'm an evangelical Christian, but am no fan of Huckabee. Your anti-Christian comment was very offensive.

Once again, it was not an "anti-Christian comment". It was a comment about the possibly well-meaning but deluded folks who fall for Huckabee's routine. Remember...he lied about the theology degree. His record on illegals is identical to Dick Durbin's. And his rhetoric on those critical of illegal immigration has been positively leftist.

I also do not appreciate my original comment being removed. It was not abusive nor offensive to Christians and FR policies should not be abused themselves for politically partisan purposes.

56 posted on 12/18/2007 8:16:57 PM PST by montag813
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To: seekthetruth
Watched Reagan on You Tube yesterday. Still inspiring.
Strongly recommended. What is it about Fred that reminds you of Reagan. Not seeing it.
57 posted on 12/18/2007 8:18:57 PM PST by topfile
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To: GLDNGUN
He could have saved himself from that with some asbestos and reworking his post with this:

Those Christians who do not take the time to actually read and study the candidates policies and views, and are only going by " Feelings " and have no intellectual strength in discerning, are a bunch of retards, Christians who allow their feelings getting in the way of thinking are misguided.
58 posted on 12/18/2007 8:21:12 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: UCFRoadWarrior
The MSM didn't lose interest in Fred. They have him REDLINED. Not even a dimes worth of free coverage, except if he dies.

The media views him as dangerous to their cause. Therefore it is best for them to pretend he doesn't exist.

Its a tough situation, but only Fred can change it.

59 posted on 12/18/2007 8:22:36 PM PST by kylaka
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To: ellery

FRED THOMPSON: the thinking man’s and sensible conservative’s choice.... all other Presidential choices is just monkeying around.


60 posted on 12/18/2007 8:26:13 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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