Skip to comments.Low-Key Thompson Stumbles Toward Finish Line
Posted on 01/02/2008 9:00:41 AM PST by pissant
Two days before the Iowa caucuses day 15 of his 17-day "hands down" bus tour former senator Fred Thompson's campaign bus stood motionless in the snowy parking lot of a West Des Moines motel, across from a movie theater and a suburban strip mall.
Thompson's campaign scheduled only one event for New Year's Day, a meet-and-greet at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, about an hour outside Des Moines. Thompson, R-Tenn., shunned the bus, emblazoned with his picture, for the relative comfort of a black Chevrolet Suburban.
Thompson has staked his campaign's prospects to Iowa. In seeking to jump-start his campaign last month, he promised to crisscross the Hawkeye State with visits to 50 cities and towns in 17 days aboard his new campaign bus.
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Paul can sound good. But does anyone think he can actully pull off the BS he says he wants to do??
Paul is a loose cannon. Maybe good in congress. But President, no thanks.
Paul has a fairly strong following that he’s developed over the years and they seemed to have rallied to his side this campaign. He’s didsplayed funding abilities and a loose knit organization that outshines many others including the 3rd parties, imo.
No I don’t think he’ll come anywhere near the nomination and he may have a fight on his hands in CD14 this time around. But he has enough funding to hang around for the duration even if it goes beyond Super Tuesday...
Paul has waxed stalwarts like Tancredo, Keyes, and Hunter all of whom he left in the dust sucking hind teat.
Iowa, that is:)
I like Fred a lot but he just seems quite tired is my first impression. And a stumble-talker when discussing issues unscripted. Both of these are very bad appearances for a presidential candidate.
Fred needs a B-12 shot and more sleep.
I got out of media because I refused to dance to its tune -- I guess that's why I like Thompson.
I like Fred just fine. Nice guy. Now tell him to throw his support to the Reganite.
Got the transcript of that? I’d love to see it. Office-bound here.
Didn’t you get into trouble a while back for garbage like this?
Dude, Duncan’s a great guy...and if he shows a better standing after tomorrow I might change my tune, but for all the talk about FRED not gaining traction then speaking of Hunter in the same breath?
“Low Key”, “Lazy” Thompson’s schedule for today:
Fred Thompson does a live interview on Morning in America with Bill Bennett
Fred Thompson does a live interview on The Laura Ingraham Show
Fred Thompson is a guest on Fox News Happening Now
Fred Thompson meets with voters at event in Waterloo, Iowa
Fred Thompson meets with voters at event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Fred Thompson does a live interview on The Mark Levin Show.
Fred Thompson meets with voters at event in Davenport, Iowa
Jeri Thompson does a live interview on Fox Newss On the Record with Great Van Susteren
Fred Thompson does a live in studio interview with KCCIs Kevin Cooney and Stacey Horst in Des Moines, Iowa
Funny how the media thinks one event on New Year is worth a whole article, but the above list doesn’t get a mention.
This will go down to the wire, and it will be Fred, maybe Rudy and a possible candidate X. That is what I see down the road.
“I assume the faster Fred drops out, the faster his conservative supporters will back the other conservative in the race, like they should have from day one.”
You should never “assume.” Most I’ve spoken to are going to give their support to Mitt should the worst happen and Fred drops out.
Sort of funny in that someone else reported travelling with Thompson to over 30 stops that day.
Except that Duncan is much more likely to drop out before Fred, not the reverse.
Have a great day!
I have the same stance in regard to Tancredo as you.
The rancor over these primaries I have seen here on FR has disturbed me greatly, most especially because it started so far in advance.
That’s why I’m supporting Fred. If I thought Duncan had a snowball’s chance in July I’d send my donations his way, but he doesn’t and now it’s time to put up or shut up so I’m putting my money on Thompson.
Wow, you make Duncan look bad. Duncan should ask you to back down as you are making them all look bad. In fact, you may be the reason he never caught on in the first place.
Some folks are listening. Happy New Year.
I’m Going To Flip Flop: Vote Duncan Hunter
You must not have seen him on FOX this a.m. giving it right back to Jane Skinner who was asking really silly questions. He was spot on and looked great!
I suspect Fred is going to do much better in Iowa tomorrow than many on FR and in the MSM think. I'm thinking a mini-Huckimplosion, with at least half of the Huck's support going to Fred. All else remaining the same per the latest polling, this would give Romney the win at 30%, Fred a close second at 27%, and McCain and Huckabee fighting it out for a distant third at around 14-15%, not counting the undecideds, of course.
Cheap shot. I’m not surprised at all.
Maybe this is why?
Paul has a libertarian appeal, especially since running as a Libertarian a couple decades ago. Paul also has gained some support from the anti war left who thinks the demoRats have not delivered on their promise of bringing the troops home.
My guess is that his money is mostly coming from the far left.
Hey I love the idea of abolishing the IRS. But I don’t think a complete overhaul of government is possible, just by stopping the funding. I see a picture of chaos,and the American people will be the ones who suffer because of the chaos.
I think Paul would be more inclined to launch a 3rd party candidacy. With his anti war stand, he would pull more left away from the demoRats than he would pulling away conservatives from the right. With the slim margins of the past few presidential elections, a Paul 3rd party candidacy would do more damage to the DemoRats in the final vote tally. At least that is what I envision. But who am I? And what do I know?
I would hope that Fox News would have it -— but it’s somewhere that I can’t find....searching the Fox News website is not a strong point of mine.
Fred is having trouble in his battle with Fox News.
That is the main mistake his campaign has made...fighting Fox. My guess is, the average Fox viewer would be a Thompson supporter if they KNEW more about him.
Fox will go with the flow, eventually. A strong showing in Iowa might change their coverage and voiced opinions about Fred.
It is sad that a great man like Hunter has such an abrasive and irritating supporter such as yourself.
Is that the “royal we”, dear? Or has the psychosis spread to the mouse in your pocket?
I'm not thrilled with Mitt, but I'd probably end up going with him if Fred drops. Mainly to stop the other more liberal guys and since Duncan is impossible to win and with supporters like pissant...he just turns me off from even considering duncan.
Me too. The problem is things started so early and until Fred announced it looked like we weren't going to have a viable conservative in the race. I remember back in 2000 when W. first announced and there were a bunch of Freepers who thought he was being given the nomination...and then the flack over 'Compassionate Conservative' but it was never as nasty as it was this time around.
LOL! A week of being that ‘Low Key’ and I think I’d be dead.
Dude, Duncans a great guy...and if he shows a better standing after tomorrow I might change my tune,
How many times has a fast talking salesman sold something the purchaser regretted buying later?
Just buy and I will promise you a lifetime of wigits.
Fred is not tired. He is just compared to rock stars and trendy breck bois and gurls. Life in the fast lane is not his style and he isn’t attempting to be someone he isn’t comfortable with being.
that was a decision FOX made...not Fred. They're so deep in the tank for Guilliani they haven't seen the sun shine for months.
Gotta tell ya, I’m depressed about how poorly Thompson is doing. There’s no one else I wanted to vote for.
So many here are agreeing with the MSM that Thompson got into the race “so late” but in actuality the others all started way too early. Thompson got into the race at the traditional time to do so.
I totally agree with you in regard to the level of nastiness here in comparison to 2000...and at that time I found the nastiness to b overboard, but it was tame in comparison to what I have been seeing for the past 6+ months.
You are correct. Today, he is in NH. In Nevada the last few days prior.
Your opinion is so depressing to a student of American politics. You say you are depressed about Fred’s showing before a single votes has been cast. NO matter who your candidate is, if you are serious about supporting him you need to be out talking to friends and neighbors, volunteering time and writing the campaign with your thoughts and views. Government can only be FOR the people if it has the CONTRIBUTION of the people.
And, no, posting on FR does not qualify as active support. That’s just noise, however comforting.
That is what is so cool. That may well happen.
The starting date had nothing to do with it. The MSM are shutting him out because he won't dance to their tune.
IOW he refuses to put on the media clown act.
.the media's dream candidate
Quite a few times with JimRob, suspended, reinstated, and yet he never learns.
You mean all the ones leading him . . . significantly?
One way you get noticed is, like Rudy did, you buy a full page ad vs. Moveon.org in the NY Times, or have a big speech on religion at the Bush Library. Hmmm, these take $$$. Money is raised through organizations, which take a LOT of time to form.
A better way to put it then, is that "Fred shut out the MSM for so long they forgot about him."
BTW, it's such a silly notion that Fred isn't taking off because of "the media," if for no other reason than Huckabee, who came out of nowhere, or Ron Paul, who is raising all sorts of money without ANY media attention.
“and with supporters like pissant...he just turns me off from even considering duncan.”
Ditto. He’s like an average Paulistinian on the tact meter.
It’s interesting to see some of the ongoing excuses for why Fred isn’t doing well, despite the fact that Huck had ZERO media coverage early, and Ron Paul has never had any media coverage and has out-fund-raised Fred many times over.
Yes, he did. Pissant has been carrying on like this since June. He seems to be holding Thompson responsible for the fact that Hunter hasn’t gained traction. The fact is that Hunter has a very poor campaign organization, he hasn’t managed to draw the media’s attention to himself as a candidate, and he’s now going down without a fight.
In the meantime, pissant is going to badmouth Thompson to the end, as though it might help Hunter. BTW, pissant assured us repeatedly that Thompson was his “2nd choice.” (Check out his June-July-August posts for proof.)
I have been a political junkie for more than 30 years, even before I was old enough to vote. Starting a campaign nearly 2 years prior to the vote is starting far too early in my opinion.
I’m not talking about discussing said campaign, starting that nearly 4 years prior to the vote is a bit much, I’m talking about starting the campaign.
BTW - not all are leading him, nor are all those leading doing so significantly. Polls are actually useless at this stage of the game.
When I read that, it reminded me of the sanctimonious senator in the movie “The Aviator”, trying to destroy Howard Hughes with charges of spending money on a plane that never flew.