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  • Question: can someone explain to me the demographic switch of the solid south?

    04/18/2013 2:14:07 PM PDT · by Epsdude · 224 replies
    April 18, 2013 | epsdude
    Sorry for this unusual post. I'm probably the youngest one this site so you can imagine I've got a lot to learn in politics, but one thing has always puzzled me. I know that Republicans broke away from the Whigs to oppose the pro-slavery Democrats but the change in party demographics since then has perplexed me. I recently saw this picture: I'm just curious, what caused such a radical shift in the solid south? Some people accredit this to an 'ideological party switch' but that seems rather implausible to me. So what did cause this arbitrary shift and, also...
  • Democratic strategist Paul Begala: Obama has given up on North Carolina

    10/22/2012 5:01:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | October 22, 2012 | Sean Sullivan
    * Obama’s campaign has given up on winning North Carolina, Democratic strategist Paul Begala, an adviser to the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action said in an interview Monday. “Yes. I am not supposed to say that Wolf, but I work for, as you mentioned, the pro-Obama super PAC, and I am being paid to help re-elect the president. But if you look at where he is going and where he is spending money — yes, it looks like Gov. Romney is likely to carry North Carolina.” * Obama’s pre-debate meal is the same as last time — steak and...
  • A Combative Thompson Sways Voters

    01/11/2008 10:22:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 134 replies · 218+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 12, 2008 | Paul Vitello
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — John and Ann Berenberk dutifully watched the umpteenth Republican presidential debate on television on Thursday night and had an epiphany. It was about the candidate they had previously referred to as the tall, silent one. Fred D. Thompson. The last of the candidates to enter the race, Mr. Thompson, 65, a former Tennessee senator, has so far seemed to distinguish himself mainly by a laconic style that has made him_almost invisible beside the others on the stage in past debates, the Berenberks said. “But then last night — we hadn’t even been thinking about him —...
  • Folk Ways (Fred in South Carolina)

    12/11/2007 8:17:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies · 644+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | December 12, 2007 | Dana Milbank
    Tell us, Fred Thompson, about your national security policy. "The good guys win and the bad guys lose -- how 'bout that?" Profound. And your economic policy? "Free people, free markets, doin' free things together." Well said. Do you worry that tax cuts might cause lost revenue? "It ain't lost, it's in my pocket." As for how he came to hold certain views on health care, he has this answer for his audience in Anderson, S.C.: "I had a conversation with my little mama back in Franklin, Tennessee." His 87-year-old mother's advice also persuades him to reject the new National...
  • Tennesseans didn't like Al in 2000; but Fred Thompson is a candidate they like

    11/25/2007 6:34:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 191+ views
    The Miami County Republic ^ | November 21, 2007 | Jan "Granny" Sykes
    You can thank me (or throw eggs at me), not the miscounting in Florida, for Al Gore not being the president of the United States. You see, Tennessee did not vote for its favorite son in 2000. I was a voter in Tennessee in 2000. Had Gore been able to carry the state that knew him best, there would have been no need for recounts in Florida. Throughout the three weeks of recounting, the media descended upon Florida. No one came to Tennessee to ask us why we had not voted for our own former U.S. Senator. We did not...
  • Thompson Woos Gun Rights Contingent

    11/25/2007 4:20:02 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 143+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 25, 2007 | Marc Santora
    LADSON, S.C., Nov. 24 — Joe McCormick, a burly man over six feet tall, a World War II-era Mauser rifle at his side, said he was frightened. “Giuliani scares me,” Mr. McCormick said of Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination. “What does a mayor of New York know about guns?” Fred D. Thompson, who was about 30 yards away — just past the “Confederate Cutlery” collection of knives, fingering an M-1 rifle at the Land of Sky Gun Show here Saturday — was more his kind of candidate. Mr....
  • Romney, Thompson Lead South Carolina; Thompson Almost Ties Clinton

    11/24/2007 11:14:52 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies · 172+ views
    Life News ^ | November 23, 2007 | Steven Ertelt
    Fred Thompson's campaign got some good news in the polls this week as a new survey shows him tied with Mitt Romney in the early primary battleground of South Carolina. A new survey released Friday also shows him almost in a tie with pro-abortion New York Sen. Hillary Clinton nationally. The Rasmussen poll, conducted on Tuesday, finds both Thompson and Romney at 21 percent in the southern state among likely primary voters. The bad news for Thompson is the poll shows a decline of four percent and Romney increasing his percentage, but it shows his campaign continuing its strategy of...
  • "Right to Life Says Fred Thompson Can Win"

    11/13/2007 7:42:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 418+ views
    WKRN-TV ^ | November 13, 2007 | Libby Quaid
    Fred Thompson is the Republican most likely to beat abortion-rights supporter Rudy Giuliani, the National Right to Life Committee said Tuesday, announcing its endorsement of the former Tennessee senator for president. "While there are various polls, and some are up-and-down, the overwhelming consensus has been that he is best-positioned to top pro-abortion candidate Rudy Giuliani for the Republican nomination," the group's executive director, David N. O'Steen, said at a news conference. ...By emphasizing Thompson's political potential _ he ranks second behind former New York Mayor Giuliani in national Republican polls _ the anti-abortion group played down its own differences with...
  • Thompson's scarlet 'L' (for "Lazy")

    11/12/2007 2:58:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 139+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | November 12, 2007 | Michael Finnegan
    FORT MILLS, S.C -- Campaigning in New Hampshire and South Carolina, Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson raised his voice and shook his fists as he described his vision of an America true to conservative values. The display of vigor last week was timely: Two months into his bid for the nomination, the former Tennessee senator is fighting to shake the image of a laid-back -- even lazy -- candidate who lacks the fervor of his rivals. Thompson not only has adopted a forceful speaking style, he has taken a more aggressive approach toward other Republican candidates. The push to put...
  • Thompson says he's 'champion of ideals'

    11/11/2007 10:07:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies · 245+ views
    The Altoona Herald ^ | November 11, 2007 | Mason Kerns
    Burlington, Ia. — Republican Fred Thompson told potential supporters on Sunday that he’s running for president as a champion of ideals held by all Americans: a strong national defense, adherence to the rule of law and a market economy. “And immigration laws that actually work,” Thompson said at the outset. “That’s not just a Republican idea, I don’t think.” Speaking at Big Muddy’s restaurant in Burlington, the former Tennessee senator said he would be able to secure the votes of independents in a general election. Thompson criticized what he called Democrats’ insistence on infusing government into everything. “Would you trust...
  • The Thompson Insurgency

    11/10/2007 9:58:59 AM PST · by Brices Crossroads · 136 replies · 205+ views
    11/10/2007 | Vanity
    In September, I posted another vanity (linked below) in which I observed that the historical trends in this election favored Fred Thompson. Since then, his RCP average has dropped from about 22% to 16-17%. In the more volatile Rasmussen daily tracking poll, he has also dropped to 16%, about a 10 point drop from his post announcement high. In light of the above poll numbers, is it time for me to issue a mea culpa? No. This is not at all inconsistent with the hypothesis of my previous post. Neither of the successful insurgent candidates in modern times, Reagan or...
  • Be A Star! Submit Your Fred08 Videos

    11/09/2007 4:11:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 441+ views
    Fred08 ^ | November 9, 2007 | Sean Hackbarth
    Here's your chance to make a cameo appearance in Fred's Presidential campaign. Make a video telling us why you support Fred Thompson for President and upload it using the form below. We'll share these videos with all of our supporters on, and allow you, and them, to pick the best one. Here's your chance to be a star. Submit your video now. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sure, Fred Thompson is an accomplished lawyer, prosecuting criminals in Tennessee before serving as counsel on the Watergate hearings. And yes, he served the people of Tennessee as a common sense, conservative Senator for eight years....
  • Herring tribute featuring GOP's Fred Thompson (Mississippi Republicans-Nov. 19th)

    11/09/2007 4:15:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 510+ views
    The Madison County Journal ^ | November 8, 2007 | Andrew Ujifusa
    Presidential candidate Fred Thompson will be a special guest at a tribute dinner for state Republican Party Chairman Jim Herring on Nov. 19 at the Jackson Hilton on County Line Road. Thompson will join Herring and other state GOP leaders at the event beginning with a 5:30 p.m. reception. The dinner is being hosted by the Mississippi Republican Elected Officials Association. When he considers the position of the Republican Party in Mississippi, Herring thinks the hard work in the past is paying huge dividends in the present. "The most satisfying part of it is seeing your organization grow and prosper,...
  • No GOP, Democratic hopeful safe from former senator's drawl

    11/07/2007 9:13:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 106+ views
    The Rock Hill Herald ^ | November 7, 2007 | Matt Garfield
    FORT MILL -- Fred Thompson brought his made-for-TV personality to York County for the first time on Tuesday, delivering a talk that mixed his trademark Southern drawl with sharp words for others in the Republican presidential field. Thompson needed less than 15 seconds to dispatch with the obligatory assault on Democrats as strong on welfare programs and weak on national security. But he spent the rest of an hourlong visit to Beef 'O' Brady's restaurant pointing out differences with rivals in his own party. The strongest critique was saved for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who leads in the polls...
  • For a politician, he sure seems like one of us (Fred Thompson)

    11/07/2007 9:00:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 159+ views
    The Rock Hill Herald ^ | November 7, 2007 | Andrew Dys
    FORT MILL -- A campaign event in a bar, in the middle of the afternoon on a Tuesday -- Fred Thompson seemed like my kind of guy. And after he spoke at Beef 'O' Brady's in Fort Mill -- which is technically a restaurant, but any place with eight beers on tap and ashtrays on the bar is a bar -- many of about 150 people who packed the place said Fred Thompson is their kind of guy, too. Especially guys like Ed Egan. From between Rock Hill and York, 63 years old, Marine Corps helicopter pilot in Vietnam. Egan...
  • Thompson Announces Tennessee Leadership Team

    11/07/2007 8:23:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies · 426+ views
    Earned Media ^ | November 7, 2007 | Jeff Sadosky
    MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 7 /Standard Newswire/ -- Senator Fred Thompson announced his extensive Tennessee political leadership team today. Senator Howard Baker will serve as the honorary chairman of the Tennessee delegation, joined by 13 honorary co-chairs and 61 honorary state chairs, reflecting the depth of support for Senator Thompson in Tennessee. This leadership team includes two former United States Senate majority leaders, current and former members of Congress, former governors, and every Republican member of the Tennessee state legislature. "I am grateful for the wide support I'm receiving from my home state of Tennessee," said Senator Fred Thompson. "This group...
  • GOP Focus Group Is Down on Bush (But like Fred Thompson)

    11/06/2007 12:58:21 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies · 137+ views
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | November 5, 2007 | Kenneth T. Walsh
    RICHMOND, Va.—There's no shortage of polls underscoring America's sour mood these days. Surveys generally show that 7 in 10 Americans say the country is headed in the wrong direction and that most Americans believe their leaders in Washington are doing a poor job. U.S. News led the way in explaining this trend with a recent special report on why Americans think Washington is broken and what can be done about it. If anything, the warning signs are getting gloomier. A new focus group of Republican voters from the Richmond area, conducted last Thursday evening, was a case in point. All...
  • Thompson keeps it simple (Plus spontaneous endorsement from Nevada State Senator)

    11/02/2007 9:35:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 135 replies · 181+ views
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | November 02, 2007 | J. Patrick Coolican
    When word began circulating in Republican circles last spring that former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson was considering a run for the presidency, the reaction ranged from relief the party had finally found a suitable standard - bearer to squeals of delight about the actor/politician and his resemblance to former President Ronald Reagan. It was arguably the high mark of the campaign thus far. Thompson seemed to squander the summer as he considered his run and raised fewer campaign dollars than hoped. Once he hit the campaign trail, he was forced to acknowledge ignorance about some local issues when stumping across...
  • Thompson's Roll-of-the-Dice Southern strategy

    10/30/2007 8:07:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies · 76+ views
    The Nashville Scene ^ | October 30, 2007 | Jeff Woods
    Influential Des Moines Register columnist David Yepsen trashes Fred Thompson today and hails the underfunded, Chip Saltsman-managed campaign of Mike Huckabee. Yepsen says Thompson "has fallen flat." "After Thompson's late start, he's lighting no fires in Iowa," Yepsen writes. "His speech at the big Reagan Dinner Saturday night was a boilerplate thing he could have given anywhere. Romney didn't show. Huckabee got the only standing ovation." The Wall Street Journal today reports on Thompson's risky Southern strategy and points out that he's all but bypassing Iowa and New Hampshire. Yesterday, he made only his second appearance in New Hampshire since...
  • Thompson's Strategy For The South

    10/10/2007 3:43:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies · 1,150+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | October 10, 2007 | Marc Ambinder
    Fred Thompson's road to the nomination, his advisers say, begins with a bridge to South Carolina. Now -- a bridge has two ends, and it looks like the anchorage is Iowa. But how can Thompson possibly compete with Rudy Giuliani** on Feb. 5? New York? California? New Jersey? Thanks to a quirk in the Republican delegate allocation schema, conservative, Republican candidates have an edge. The Republican National Committee awards bonus delegates to states based on their performance in general elections. States that always vote Republican get additional delegates; states like New York that vote Democratic do not. Bonus delegates account...