Skip to comments.Fred Thompsonís New Energy
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 It has been replaced by a much more crisp, energetic, focused stump speech.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:
Its wonderful to be in Waterloo and I aint here to play the role of Napoleon.
Then he proclaims hes 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. Hes focused on substance and determined to prove hes the logical conservative choice. But hes doing it all with a smile on his face. He seems very comfortable up there and hes 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.
He let the others run extra laps.
Don’t be manipulated by the MSM. Fred ALWAYS had quite enough energy.
Why, the ol’ sandbagger...
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
Almost as much fun as the great victory for Fred would be the MSM being forced to talk about him.
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).
“saddle me up” - sounds Reaganesque.
Sounds more like Anna Nicole...
“I would not be surprised Fred ends up winning Iowa...contrary to the MSM. My gut feeling”
That’s all I want for Christmas!
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.
That was always a term of endearment for me on the billiards table. :^)
Fred’s been getting started for how long now?
Look heres 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.
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
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.
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.
Exactly. The so-called “slow pace” might very well benefit Fred .
The others are burning out quickly , I like it .
Hopefully Huckabee’s surge will diminish and take Romney with it. And Fred will get the votes previously intended for these two RINOs.
Tonight on Hannity’s show he points out Iowa and Republican winners, even goes back to 1980. He’s was prepared, they were’nt.
“Howdy, would you all like to vote for a conservative now...”
It saves money and keeps the hands clean to a certain extent.
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.
Fred would never use something another candidate has done. Heeelllllooooo!
I am cautiously optimistic.
Now hammer them, Fred.
Exactly . Fred is one of the few remaining old-school players ...
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?
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.
But you only have to go back to 1988 to find a third place finisher who went on to win it all.....GHW Bush.
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.
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! :)
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.
The bus of Republican Presidential hopeful, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, arrives in Manchester, Iowa, Tuesday, Dec. 18,2007. (AP Photo/Mark Hirsch)
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.
Just might be 1980 all over again! In my opinion, Fred Thompson is the closest to Ronald Reagan this time around!
GO FRED! :)
Hey, eyedigress, you gonna shoot left-handed all night?
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.
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.
You’ve met my Mom, then ?
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!
If that’s the only way to get wager?! You betcha!
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.
"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."
Gotta laugh at the "Hands Down!" slogan on the side. Was that added right after the last debate?
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?”