Video: “The pre-season is over — let’s get on with it”; Update: Fred’s chief spokesman resigns

posted at 4:21 pm on September 6, 2007 by Allahpundit

A few minutes from his first campaign speech for the Fredheads. In case you’re keeping score, the six-month “pre-season” between the time Fred first started talking publicly about running and his announcement this morning is longer than the actual “season” that’s starting for him now and ending, one way or another, on Super Mega Ultra Tuesday on February 5.

Jim Mills, whose dismissal from the campaign caused such waves yesterday, joked today that “I am currently checking in with my Catholic friends to see if they can recommend any local priests who still perform exorcisms.” Meanwhile, keep an eye out for Fred mentioning his kids here as one of his motivations in running. He told Leno last night, too, that they were backstage waiting to fly with him to Iowa, and ABC reports today that the campaign bus is outfitted for playtime. I’m guessing he’s trying to drive home the point that his relationship with Jeri is about family, not anything lurid, before the trophy-wife nastiness starts up again in earnest.

Update: “Thompson received hearty applause and some cries of, ‘Go, Fred, Go!’ when he came on stage, holding the hand of his three-year old daughter, Hayden. His wife, Jeri, held their baby son, Samuel.”

Update: Geraghty floated the rumor yesterday and now Bloomberg confirms — original Fredhead and chief Thompson spokesman Mark Corallo is out.


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“I am currently checking in with my Catholic friends to see if they can recommend any local priests who still perform exorcisms.”

Rudy can probably help him with that.

AZCON on September 6, 2007 at 4:29 PM

The left is going to go after him in vicious fashion….Fred Derangement Syndrome has probably already set in.

Leonidas Hoplite on September 6, 2007 at 4:31 PM

Fred Derangement Syndrome has probably already set in.

Leonidas Hoplite on September 6, 2007 at 4:31 PM

Oh, it has, and it’s been displayed here as well.

jdawg on September 6, 2007 at 4:37 PM

Keep on rocking in the free world…….Go Fred……..

doriangrey on September 6, 2007 at 4:38 PM

Fred Thompson’s Bus
September 06, 2007 2:57 PM
ABC News’ Christine Byun reports: The freshly announced Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson, the former senator from Tennessee, will be traveling in a kid-friendly bus as he embarks on his grass roots tour.
The brand new bus is swathed in purple and gold with a picture of Thompson’s face and his message: “Security Unity Prosperity.” The bus will transport his family, campaign manager and a few staffers, including a videographer. There are 7 flatscreen tvs with two couches, dvd players, a small table, kitchen (furnished with a coffeemaker and microwave) and a makeshift changing table for his baby son, Samuel.
There were toys and books set out for his three-year-old daughter, Hayden, as well as some antibacterial hand sanitizers to keep them clean as they make their stops around Iowa.
The press will be traveling in another bus, packed with seats and a bathroom and a bus driver named Billy Ray. The vehicles are made by a company hailing from his homestate, Hemphill Brothers, a Nashville, Tenn. bus company, which furnished ABC News with their 2004 Election buses and has provided services for touring artists like Beyonce and the Police.

Oh, now I see clearly. We’ve been waiting on the customized bus. That’s the reason for the delayed announcement.

Am I reading that wrong or is he also providing a bus for the press?

Brat on September 6, 2007 at 4:38 PM

Oh, it has, and it’s been displayed here as well.

jdawg on September 6, 2007 at 4:37 PM

Cough*csdeven*cough…

doriangrey on September 6, 2007 at 4:39 PM

I’m guessing he’s trying to drive home the point that his relationship with Jeri is about family, not anything lurid, before the trophy-wife nastiness starts up again in earnest.

No that there is not a tacitical angle to bringing his kids but maybe, just maybe his motivations are as much about family as they are about his campaign. Maybe.

Theworldisnotenough on September 6, 2007 at 4:39 PM

Update: Geraghty floated the rumor yesterday and now Bloomberg confirms — original Fredhead and chief Thompson spokesman Mark Corallo is out.

They’re dropping like flies. Why the massive abandon-ship movement, especially right before and after the announcement?

amerpundit on September 6, 2007 at 4:39 PM

I’m just waiting for some one to show up and point out his complete lack of energy and enthusiasm in that stump speech.

ChrisM on September 6, 2007 at 4:40 PM

Am I reading that wrong or is he also providing a bus for the press?

Brat on September 6, 2007 at 4:38 PM

got to keep them separated..ya..ya..ahh..ahh..

doriangrey on September 6, 2007 at 4:40 PM

They’re dropping like flies. Why the massive abandon-ship movement, especially right before and after the announcement?

amerpundit on September 6, 2007 at 4:39 PM

Because its time to move from the amateur hour to pro stock racing hour…

doriangrey on September 6, 2007 at 4:42 PM

attention paul haters, here is the 88 version accussing Bush Sr. of being a drug dealer with CIA. beleive it or not he was even more nuttier back then.

jp on September 6, 2007 at 4:47 PM

I don’t want to rub it in to all the Fred-bashers, but Fred is the best speaker of the bunch. He has the most gravitas. Unlike Mitt, for example, who talks and looks like a game show host, Fred actually looks presidential, and in an Eisenhower kind of way I might add.

jihadwatcher on September 6, 2007 at 4:48 PM

Ok kos-kids time for the adults to talk.

unseen on September 6, 2007 at 4:48 PM

They’re dropping like flies. Why the massive abandon-ship movement, especially right before and after the announcement?

amerpundit on September 6, 2007 at 4:39 PM

From what I’ve read they aren’t quitting but being replaced with more experienced campaign staff. Corallo probably should’ve been replaced shortly after he flubbed up on the abortion group lobbying story.

I’d think he’d have wanted to get this all out of the way well before he announced, but whatever- this is all inside baseball stuff that no one but political junkies and insiders pay any attention to.

Hollowpoint on September 6, 2007 at 4:49 PM

Anyone ever consider that the team that did the exploratory activities accomplished their mission and he has another team ready to go for the campaign. I,for one, was impressed that he didn’t go to that absolute joke of a debate. One minute responses?….. Newt was right, it’s crap. I’m a Duncan Hunter fan and I fear he isn’t the appointed one, but I know reality. So far, if Mr. Paul is a true Republican God save us. I’ve seen all the railing about Fred Thompson. HA is going to be fun to read in a few months. A lot of mea culpas will be written…….lol

MNDavenotPC on September 6, 2007 at 4:49 PM

Because its time to move from the amateur hour to pro stock racing hour…

Mark Corallo’s biography disagrees.

Slublog on September 6, 2007 at 4:50 PM

I like this guy. He looks solid. We have a couple of good choices between Fred and Rudy. I like what Dennis Miller says about Rudy though…something like “I want someone who ain’t gonna flinch when he has to croak terrorists”

LtE126 on September 6, 2007 at 4:50 PM

From: http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/

Is it just me, or does Thompson come across as a guy who just doesn’t give enough of a hoot to pander? There was nothing artificial about him, nothing prepackaged. Not only does he not smell of desperate effort to be liked by the audience, he seems like he’s equally happy with winning or with going home to a happy life with Jeri, the kids, and playing an authority figure in whatever upcoming television project Dick Wolf has. This does not seem like a man who will flip-flop depending on political winds; if you don’t like him… he really doesn’t seem to care.

Wonder if that last line was intended for the sufferers of FDS (Fred Derangement Syndrome)

jdawg on September 6, 2007 at 4:51 PM

I think he has the gravitas and speaking ability to when the primary.
I also think strongly that he can garner all the Reagan democrat votes and will be less polarizing that some of the other GOP candidates.

Now I hope the herd will start thinning. Of course Ron Paul will probably hang on way passed his expiration date, as he is as delusional as his minions that goad him on.

The only GOP candidates that have a chance in hell are:
Fred
Rudy
Tancredo

The only one that can beat
Cankles or Osama Obama, is Fred

The others can stick a fork in it.

TheSitRep on September 6, 2007 at 4:51 PM

Maybe the outs are because of all the heat he is getting for waiting.

Check is in the mail Fred! Dropped it in the box about noon.

Limerick on September 6, 2007 at 4:52 PM

oops, link
http://thisgoesto11.blogspot.com/2007/09/ron-paul-bush-sr-cia-dealt-drugs.html

jp on September 6, 2007 at 4:47 PM

Oh Cheese and Rice on a cracker, anyone who hasn’t figured out that RP has been crazier than a crack whore stranded in Tehran for a years, his entire life needs to find a imbeciles anonymous 12 step program to check into to.

doriangrey on September 6, 2007 at 4:52 PM

I hope we get some new stuff. This clip is the same as last night essentially.

Because its time to move from the amateur hour to pro stock racing hour…

Heh. So says the ‘He is revolutionary grass-roots’ guy:) Uh, no, looks like he’s just a normal pol.

Spirit of 1776 on September 6, 2007 at 4:52 PM

Off topic: 35 years ago today, the Munich Massacre ended, with 11 Israelis and one German police officer having been killed.

amerpundit on September 6, 2007 at 4:53 PM

Mark Corallo’s biography disagrees.

Slublog on September 6, 2007 at 4:50 PM

No, it doesn’t. His only campaign experience was with the RNC. He’s apparently had no experience with a Presidential or any other kind of specific campaign.

Hollowpoint on September 6, 2007 at 4:54 PM

“crazier than a crack whore stranded in Tehran”

Good stuff

LtE126 on September 6, 2007 at 4:54 PM

doriangrey on September 6, 2007 at 4:52 PM

They have crack whores in Tehran?

jdawg on September 6, 2007 at 4:54 PM

The only one that can beat
Cankles or Osama Obama, is Fred

The others can stick a fork in it.

TheSitRep on September 6, 2007 at 4:51 PM

The polls seem to think otherwise. The latest Rasmussen poll, released today, shows Obama with a four-point advantage over Fred. Rudy has a 1-point advantage over Obama.

amerpundit on September 6, 2007 at 4:56 PM

They have crack whores in Tehran?

jdawg on September 6, 2007 at 4:54 PM

They’re the richest most aromatic kind.

TheSitRep on September 6, 2007 at 4:56 PM

Mark Corallo’s biography disagrees.

Slublog on September 6, 2007 at 4:50 PM

Let me answer that absurd charge by slightly modifing a quote from Hollowpoint…

From what I’ve read they aren’t quitting but being replaced with more experienced campaign staff. Corallo probably should’ve been replaced shortly thrown out on his a$$ right after he flubbed up on the abortion group lobbying story.

Hollowpoint on September 6, 2007 at 4:49 PM

doriangrey on September 6, 2007 at 4:56 PM

No, it doesn’t. His only campaign experience was with the RNC. He’s apparently had no experience with a Presidential or any other kind of specific campaign.

He’s had extensive public relations experience, and then there’s this:

During the 2000 Presidential Campaign, Mark took a leave of absence from Congress to serve as Press Secretary for Victory 2000, the Republican National Committee’s official campaign effort.

Is it so far out of the realm of possibility for Fred supporters to admit that people might be leaving because they don’t want to work for Fred?

Slublog on September 6, 2007 at 4:56 PM

Let me answer that absurd charge by slightly modifing a quote from Hollowpoint…

Cripes, you Fred-Heads get nasty quick.

Slublog on September 6, 2007 at 4:57 PM

The polls seem to think otherwise. The latest Rasmussen poll, released today, shows Obama with a four-point advantage over Fred. Rudy has a 1-point advantage over Obama.

amerpundit on September 6, 2007 at 4:56 PM

Correct me if I am wrong. Is not this the first full day of Fred’s camaign?

TheSitRep on September 6, 2007 at 4:57 PM

TheSitRep on September 6, 2007 at 4:57 PM

You would be correct, but this poll was taken when the news had already broke Fred was declaring on Leno.

amerpundit on September 6, 2007 at 4:58 PM

Is it so far out of the realm of possibility for Fred supporters to admit that people might be leaving because they don’t want to work for Fred?

Yea. Can’t say the obvious.

Spirit of 1776 on September 6, 2007 at 4:59 PM

doriangrey on September 6, 2007 at 4:52 PM

They have crack whores in Tehran?

jdawg on September 6, 2007 at 4:54 PM

They don’t have crack in Tehran, which is why a crack whore in Tehran would be so fricking crazy……(actually they probably have both, but considering the punishment for getting caught being a crack whore in Tehran probably requires a degree of insanity above and beyond the call of duty crack addiction)

doriangrey on September 6, 2007 at 5:00 PM

Fred’s message will carry the day not Fred. That’s what people are forgetting. They will try to kill the messenger because the message is too powerful with Americans

unseen on September 6, 2007 at 5:00 PM

the Robert Downey Jr/Ron Paul 1988 clip is hilarious

we just don’t have to hope he drops out and runs third party, ala Perot, and gets money behind him from some idiot billionaire like Mark Cuban or Soros. that would be enough to elect Hillary

jp on September 6, 2007 at 5:03 PM

Cripes, you Fred-Heads get nasty quick.

Slublog on September 6, 2007 at 4:57 PM

Oh bull pucky, I have been nasty for a long time…especially if left alone around your sister…20+ year old daughter or wife…(opp’s wait, thats just the old rock and roll musician in me speaking)…Lock your women up boy…doriangrey is a coming to town…

doriangrey on September 6, 2007 at 5:03 PM

Fill this out:

Pro-life _X_ Pro-Choice _ _
2ND AMD _X_ Gun Control_ _
Gay Marg _ _ Anti-Gay M _X_
Win in I _X_ Withdrawl _ _
Amnesty _ _ Deport Ill _X_

Leaning >> Fred _X_ Rudy _ _ Mitt_ _ Tanc_ _ Other_ _

AZCON on September 6, 2007 at 5:03 PM

Oh bull pucky, I have been nasty for a long time…especially if left alone around your sister…20+ year old daughter or wife…(opp’s wait, thats just the old rock and roll musician in me speaking)…Lock your women up boy…doriangrey is a coming to town…

Okay, I think dorian is Ted Nugent.

The evidence speaks for itself.

Slublog on September 6, 2007 at 5:04 PM

AZCON on September 6, 2007 at 5:03 PM

I was unaware he’d changed his stance from “In favor of allowing all first-term abortions”, to being Pro-Life. If true, he’s flip-flopped, too.

amerpundit on September 6, 2007 at 5:05 PM

Is it so far out of the realm of possibility for Fred supporters to admit that people might be leaving because they don’t want to work for Fred?

Slublog on September 6, 2007 at 4:56 PM

No, but in the case with Jim Mills he was let go, and seems pretty bitter about it. It sounds like there’s some conflict between the original “Fredheads” and the pros being brought in now, but again- insider insidery stuff that the general public cares nothing about.

The new campaign staffers will do a good job or they wont- I’m a lot more concerned with results than who replaced whom.

Hollowpoint on September 6, 2007 at 5:06 PM

Fred’s message will carry the day not Fred. That’s what people are forgetting. They will try to kill the messenger because the message is too powerful with Americans

I like ya’, unseen, but one thing Fredheads have is dogmatic affection for his rhetoric without regard to experience or his history. I have no complaint – people can vote anyway they want without reference to anything other than their own conglomeration of urges, but I for one think rhetoric alone is empty. I’m a little worn of the rhetoric of conservatism without the action of such ideals in the years of the current administration.

Spirit of 1776 on September 6, 2007 at 5:07 PM

Okay, I think dorian is Ted Nugent.

The evidence speaks for itself.

Slublog on September 6, 2007 at 5:04 PM

Shhhhhh………

doriangrey on September 6, 2007 at 5:09 PM

Okay, I think dorian is Ted Nugent.

The evidence speaks for itself.

Slublog on September 6, 2007 at 5:04 PM

Better be nice and do what he wants, or he might shoot flaming arrows at you.

Bad Candy on September 6, 2007 at 5:10 PM

The brand new bus is swathed in purple and gold with a picture of Thompson’s face and his message: “Security Unity Prosperity.”

Hey, it’s practically the French Revolution.

Tanya on September 6, 2007 at 5:11 PM

I was unaware he’d changed his stance from “In favor of allowing all first-term abortions”, to being Pro-Life. If true, he’s flip-flopped, too.

amerpundit on September 6, 2007 at 5:05 PM

.

As far as I know, Fred wants to leave the abortion debate to the states, and vows to nominate conservative judges to overthrow RvW (he helped Roberts get in). I think he made a statement once that he would not support throwing women in prison for having an abortion.

AZCON on September 6, 2007 at 5:13 PM

Spirit of 1776 on September 6, 2007 at 5:07 PM

So I am supposed to spit on RRs grave because of Medi-Cal, or the SAG presidency?

Limerick on September 6, 2007 at 5:13 PM

Better be nice and do what he wants, or he might shoot flaming arrows at you.

Bad Candy on September 6, 2007 at 5:10 PM

Or worse, I’ll find out where he lives and stand outside his house playing guitar and singing for days on end…..

doriangrey on September 6, 2007 at 5:14 PM

and in an Eisenhower kind of way I might add

ha. I love Fred threads. They rarely disappoint

Spirit of 1776 on September 6, 2007 at 5:15 PM

So I am supposed to spit on RRs grave because of Medi-Cal, or the SAG presidency?

Limerick on September 6, 2007 at 5:13 PM

Pardon?

Spirit of 1776 on September 6, 2007 at 5:16 PM

I wonder if FDT’s new spokesperson will be Mary Matalin- she’s appearing with him on Hannity and Colmes tonight.

Ex-tex on September 6, 2007 at 5:16 PM

Ex-tex on September 6, 2007 at 5:16 PM

I think that very likely.

Spirit of 1776 on September 6, 2007 at 5:17 PM

amerpundit

.
Thanks for the Munich reminder. That should be getting a lot more press.

AZCON on September 6, 2007 at 5:17 PM

Spirit of 1776 on September 6, 2007 at 5:16 PM

Just saying Spirit that RR was, as governor, the champion of nanny state Medi-Cal and a forceful president of the Screen Actors Guild (Union). His experience then tells me he is for nanny states and unions.

Limerick on September 6, 2007 at 5:19 PM

AZCON on September 6, 2007 at 5:17 PM

And you know what? Searching Google News, I didn’t find a single thing on it, looking four pages in.

amerpundit on September 6, 2007 at 5:20 PM

Matalin likes to slap Alan around. “Oh come on Alan”!

AZCON on September 6, 2007 at 5:21 PM

Spirit of 1776 on September 6, 2007 at 5:07 PM

I agree but think of the last time ANYONE spoke of FEDERALISM about EVERYTHING. Sure we had poloticians say that abortion or someother big problem should be dealt with at the state level but noone since Regean has expoused that Federalism was the answer to all/most of the issues faced by our nation. No one in a long time has spoken of our founding documents with deep respect like Fred has and no one has spoken of LIMITING federal growth. that’s the message that will carrry the day IMO. If the hearld is not all we want so what. The important part is the message. we need to change the conversation from what can the government do for us to what we can do to limit the government’s power to its core functions.

unseen on September 6, 2007 at 5:21 PM

Just saying Spirit that RR was, as governor, the champion of nanny state Medi-Cal and a forceful president of the Screen Actors Guild (Union). His experience then tells me he is for nanny states and unions.

Limerick on September 6, 2007 at 5:19 PM

Sorry lets jsut say its the stone ruination IPA getting in the way, but somehow I’m not following this one, could you perhaps clarify this a bit?

doriangrey on September 6, 2007 at 5:22 PM

Hey Allah, why no mention of Hugh Hewitt’s deplorable post about Fred!s cancer?
(read the comments folks, people are PISSED!)

Let’s “euthanize” Mitt’s lapdog, so to speak.

omnipotent on September 6, 2007 at 5:22 PM

I like ya’, unseen, but one thing Fredheads have is dogmatic affection for his rhetoric without regard to experience or his history.
Spirit of 1776 on September 6, 2007 at 5:07 PM

You mean like the history of a conservative voting record that reflected the Federalist values he currently espouses (McCain-Feingold a noteworthy exception) and being rated highly with conservative groups? Nah, we don’t know anything about that.

Hollowpoint on September 6, 2007 at 5:22 PM

like ya’, unseen, but one thing Fredheads have is dogmatic affection for his rhetoric without regard to experience or

his history. I have no complaint – people can vote anyway they want without reference to anything other than their own conglomeration of urges, but I for one think rhetoric alone is empty. I’m a little worn of the rhetoric of conservatism without the action of such ideals in the years of the current administration.

Spirit of 1776 on September 6, 2007 at 5:07 PM

That was Spirits original comment I referenced in regards to the remarks.

Limerick on September 6, 2007 at 5:23 PM

unseen on September 6, 2007 at 5:21 PM
.
Well put!

AZCON on September 6, 2007 at 5:23 PM

No one in a long time has spoken of our founding documents with deep respect like Fred has and no one has spoken of LIMITING federal growth. that’s the message that will carrry the day IMO. If the hearld is not all we want so what. The important part is the message. we need to change the conversation from what can the government do for us to what we can do to limit the government’s power to its core functions.

unseen on September 6, 2007 at 5:21 PM

There is a staggering amount of truth in that statement, I jsut hope Fred lives up to the promise this implies…

doriangrey on September 6, 2007 at 5:24 PM

Just saying Spirit that RR was, as governor, the champion of nanny state Medi-Cal and a forceful president of the Screen Actors Guild (Union). His experience then tells me he is for nanny states and unions.

Are you trying to talk me into voting for Mitt? J/K.

I understand your point of view. And rhetoric is important. But Ronnie was tested by other campaigns before ’80, and he had made indicative friendships already, with Thatcher and others, that would prove to be prophetic.

Fred’s friendships aren’t the same. They are establishment guys like McCain, etc. Look, Fred might still be the best guy on the right side. But I’m waiting for something more than what we’ve had that’s for sure. His brilliance in set-pieces, and yet mediocrity in extemporaneous work does lead to the question of what is his – translated to what part of the ideology does he intellectually own and what is he using/borrowing? I’m merely saying the casing off of cons. ideals in the last few years makes that question relevant.

Spirit of 1776 on September 6, 2007 at 5:26 PM

Fred has a heart…and humility. Very evident in that clip.

And, he’s just “kicka*s!”

Fred, your a dream come true. Go get ‘em.

JetBoy on September 6, 2007 at 5:27 PM

I agree but think of the last time ANYONE spoke of FEDERALISM about EVERYTHING. (and cont)

unseen on September 6, 2007 at 5:21 PM

Duly noted and well-received.

Spirit of 1776 on September 6, 2007 at 5:27 PM

I got ya Spirit…..I’m just onry I guess today. I’ll be so glad when the next 30 days are over and we all (Fred!s and fred?s) alike have more to go on in sizing up the field.

Limerick on September 6, 2007 at 5:28 PM

doriangrey on September 6, 2007 at 5:24 PM

As do I. We have been duped before but as the immigration debate showed we can keep our “elites” in line and to their promises when we want to. I think if Fred wins on this message the American people will hold him and the government to that promise. If not then our country will ceese to be the land of the free and will instead move towards the european/socialist/elite model that our ancestors and present immigrants fled from.

unseen on September 6, 2007 at 5:29 PM

McCain-Feingold a noteworthy exception)

Hollowpoint on September 6, 2007 at 5:22 PM

Meh…even that doesn’t equate to noteworthy if you have read what Fred said both before and after M/F. He thought it would do something that it didn’t do and after words had the integrity to be embarrassed by its failure to do what he thought it would. Everybody makes mistakes and anyone who believes that legislation always achieves the intended goal of its authors is a fool. Sometimes you take a stand on a issue believing that it will result in a specific result and holy shit, you were wrong.

doriangrey on September 6, 2007 at 5:30 PM

Oh, [FDS]it has, and it’s been displayed here as well.

jdawg on September 6, 2007 at 4:37 PM

Yes, the Fred groupies are deranged to think that any criticism of Fred indicates fear.

Fred groupies are to Fred what Kirsten Powers is to Hillary Clinton. Both support candidates who tell you what you want to hear. Both will attack any other candidate but ignore the obvious flaws in their own choice. Both think their candidate is America’s last best hope.

And both support a candidate who wants the names and amounts of their donors hidden as much as possible:

Calling csdeven….

David Freddoso from today’s “NRO Digest”:

Why, of all days, did former Sen. Fred Thompson choose to announce for the presidency at the stroke of midnight today, on September 6? The real reason may actually have less to do with the timing of a debate than it does with obscure campaign finance rules.

The Federal Election Commission requires candidates to file a Statement of Candidacy form 15 days after a candidate declares, provided he raises or spends more than $5,000 on his campaign. After that filing, the candidate has ten days to file a Statement of Organization, establishing his campaign committee. Authorized candidate committees are then required to file regular quarterly (or monthly) financial reports.

Because Thompson announced today, a friendly FEC bureaucrat confirms for NRO, he won’t have to file a statement of candidacy until 11:59 P.M. on October 1. If his committee comes into existence on that date, then he can avoid filing financial disclosure forms for the third quarter of the year, which all the other candidates will have to fill out. In that case, no one will get a look at the campaign’s finances until January. It may just be that simple — today’s announcement, made at the stroke of midnight, means less paperwork and no one has a chance to pore over Thompson’s donors and campaign spending until mid-January, after the first primary has already taken place.

Nor would any complaint likely succeed asserting that Thompson’s announcement actually took place when The Tonight Show was being taped on Sept. 5 (before he spent big bucks on the primetime ad last night at 9 P.M.), which would, in theory, force him to file a report for the third quarter of this year. The moment of a candidate’s entry into the race, the FEC official said, is when the public is made aware of the announcement.

Brat on September 6, 2007 at 4:23 PM

BKennedy on September 6, 2007 at 5:30 PM

Hollowpoint on September 6, 2007 at 5:22 PM

Like I said above, if you are comfortable with what you know and you’ve decided your vote with that in hand, more power to you. 2nd amendment more important than 1st to you? Fine.

Spirit of 1776 on September 6, 2007 at 5:31 PM

we just don’t have to hope he drops out and runs third party, ala Perot, and gets money behind him from some idiot billionaire like Mark Cuban or Soros. that would be enough to elect Hillary

jp on September 6, 2007 at 5:03 PM

Perot took away true conservatives, Ro’ Paul will just get the truther fruits.
It would hurt Hillary and Osama I mean Obama just as much

TheSitRep on September 6, 2007 at 5:32 PM

BKennedy on September 6, 2007 at 5:30 PM

And would you in your wisdom point me back to a single thread where I trashed any candidate on the Rep side other then Paul. My Fred!ish curiosity has been spiked.

Limerick on September 6, 2007 at 5:36 PM

Fred vs Clinton?

reminds me of Mondale vs RR…political history tends to repeat itself. Most historic cycles are in the 20-30 year periods. This amount of time allows a new generation to relearn the mistakes that the last had to learn. Wars tend to go in 30-40years. We have had liberalism lite for the last 30 years with Bush/clinton/Bush it’s time to go conservative or full blown liberal. The country can not take much more of this divsion. One side needs to win and chart a new course for the country. Hopefully it will be the conservative side.

unseen on September 6, 2007 at 5:36 PM

Yes, the Fred groupies are deranged right to think that any criticism of Fred indicates fear.

BKennedy on September 6, 2007 at 5:30 PM

Its not the criticism that leads to that obvious conclusion, but the irrational hatred and vicious personal attacks…

doriangrey on September 6, 2007 at 5:37 PM

Everybody makes mistakes and anyone who believes that legislation always achieves the intended goal of its authors is a fool. Sometimes you take a stand on a issue believing that it will result in a specific result and holy shit, you were wrong.

BS. You don’t make mistakes that counter the foundational principles if you start with them in mind. That’s a crap excuse.

Spirit of 1776 on September 6, 2007 at 5:42 PM

BKennedy on September 6, 2007 at 5:30 PM

I think there’s a little bit of projection here – I see that kind of thing mostly from Mitt? supporters. Like the person who tried to get me to believe that Mitt? was the only candidate running, and even though he stated he was committed to keeping abortion legal and endorsed RU-486, he really was pro-life.

Uh-huh.

jdawg on September 6, 2007 at 5:42 PM

I heard they don’t allow copies of Battlefield Earth anywhere near the bus, and when a guy who grew up poor in Tennessee says he used to hunt you can bet he really did.

bdfaith on September 6, 2007 at 5:42 PM

Its not the criticism that leads to that obvious conclusion, but the irrational hatred and vicious personal attacks…

doriangrey on September 6, 2007 at 5:37 PM

You guys were spouting “Fear the Fred!!!!!!1111oneoneone!!!” six months ago, predating any possible attacks anyone would have had. Your response to the first media revelations of Fred’s notably checkered past was that the media “fears the Fred!” The responses of the Fredheads to Fred’s ducking of last night’s debate was that the other candidates “fear the Fred!”

Just like Fred, you guys haven’t brought anything new to the table, so don’t whine about all the supposed hatred and viscious personal attacks when your attitude about Fred hasn’t faltered since Day 1. He was infallible to you then, he is infallible to you now. Just admit it and we can move on.

BKennedy on September 6, 2007 at 5:42 PM

And would you in your wisdom point me back to a single thread where I trashed any candidate on the Rep side other then Paul. My Fred!ish curiosity has been spiked.

Limerick on September 6, 2007 at 5:36 PM

See now thats what the Fred basher like BKennedy don’t get. It’s one thing to not support any specific candidate and another thing entirely to engage in vile hateful personal attacks.

Like you while I do support Fred there isn’t a single person here who can show one single example of me attacking any other candidate in anything remotely resembling the vicious hateful nature of BKennedy, csdeven or the other Fred haters…

doriangrey on September 6, 2007 at 5:42 PM

Ditto heads were an insult by liberals and other left leaning reps/dems to define Rush’s audience and supporters. After what 20 years and Rush still on the air with 15 million listeners, I think the use of the term Fred heads will backfire just as badly. Most Fred supports are people that truly care about this country, that sees that the country is on the wrong track and think that federalism is the cure.

unseen on September 6, 2007 at 5:42 PM

You guys were spouting “Fear the Fred!!!!!!1111oneoneone!!!” six months ago, predating any possible attacks anyone would have had. Your response to the first media revelations of Fred’s notably checkered past was that the media “fears the Fred!” The responses of the Fredheads to Fred’s ducking of last night’s debate was that the other candidates “fear the Fred!”

Just like Fred, you guys haven’t brought anything new to the table, so don’t whine about all the supposed hatred and viscious personal attacks when your attitude about Fred hasn’t faltered since Day 1. He was infallible to you then, he is infallible to you now. Just admit it and we can move on.

BKennedy on September 6, 2007 at 5:42 PM

You just don’t get it do you Hillary, never once in my support of Fred have I ridiculed attacked or denigrate any of the other republican candidate.

doriangrey on September 6, 2007 at 5:44 PM

doriangrey on September 6, 2007 at 5:42 PM
unseen on September 6, 2007 at 5:42 PM

When they have nothing left, they resort to hate. Just like the libs.

jdawg on September 6, 2007 at 5:45 PM

Because its time to move from the amateur hour to pro stock racing hour…

doriangrey on September 6, 2007 at 4:42 PM

You don’t change your crew chief the day of the race. Remember, Fred’s been waiting 6 months so he could hit the ground running. I’m pretty sure that’s what the groupies said he would do. Now it seems he is just starting to get ready to go.

Bwahahahahaha!!!

csdeven on September 6, 2007 at 5:46 PM

BKennedy on September 6, 2007 at 5:42 PM

Really? Let’s see….Would I vote for…
Mitt….yep
Rudy….yep
Hunter..yep
Huckabee..yep
Tancredo..yep
McCain….yep(barely)
Paul……not in 6000 years

They each have points I like and points I dislike. I’m not walking around in blinders just because I believe that Fred! represents my views. His campaign video last night seemed pretty clear to me where he stands on issues.

Now if he pulls a JFK on me then someone else gets my vote and my money. Talk about blinders. The person with their eyes sewn shut is obvious here.

Limerick on September 6, 2007 at 5:47 PM

doriangrey on September 6, 2007 at 5:42 PM
unseen on September 6, 2007 at 5:42 PM

When they have nothing left, they resort to hate. Just like the libs.

jdawg on September 6, 2007 at 5:45 PM

When they have nothing left, they resort to calling everyone hateful. Just like libs.

BKennedy on September 6, 2007 at 5:47 PM

never once in my support of Fred have I ridiculed attacked or denigrate any of the other republican candidate.

doriangrey on September 6, 2007 at 5:44 PM

At least not the way the Fred! haters here have attacked Fred or his supporters. I have pointed out huge glaring inconsistencies with Mitt? (“pro-life”, but endorse RU-486) supporters. That isn’t hate, that’s just debate. What these people do is engage in HuffPo/dKos-like behavior.

jdawg on September 6, 2007 at 5:47 PM

BKennedy on September 6, 2007 at 5:47 PM

Thanks for proving my point.

jdawg on September 6, 2007 at 5:48 PM

The person people with their eyes sewn shut is are obvious here.

Limerick on September 6, 2007 at 5:47 PM

There.

jdawg on September 6, 2007 at 5:50 PM

Fred is the Man………….

ahkjr33 on September 6, 2007 at 5:51 PM

When they have nothing left, they resort to calling everyone hateful. Just like libs.

BKennedy on September 6, 2007 at 5:47 PM

Wahtever Hillary, you want to explain to me what is means now?

doriangrey on September 6, 2007 at 5:51 PM

jdawg on September 6, 2007 at 5:47 PM

yes it gets old doesn’t it? six months of hate gets old. hillary is the same. the hate for Clinton has made her immune to campaign blowups that would have destroyed other campaign’s. Now people are like she can’t be THAT bad. The people that don’t like hillary should instead focus on her PROGRAMS and not her personally. the fred haters can’t do that it would seem because the programs are actually well liked by the majority of American it would seem

unseen on September 6, 2007 at 5:53 PM

Thanks for proving my point.

jdawg on September 6, 2007 at 5:48 PM

Ditto.

Name me one instance where I say I hate Fred or I won’t vote for him. The fact is that if he gets the nomination I will vote for him, but I’m not going to start spouting crazy talk like the groupies do. Do you know how stupid “Fear the Fred!” sounds?

If I had the same steel-hard will to completely ignore my candidate of choice’s failings, I too would be saying things like “Fear the Mitt!” or “Fear the Rudy!” or “Fear the Hunter!(note to Hunter: steal that slogan from Fred).” However I refuse to lower myself to that kind of binary thinking, where my judgement is either: Attack = Fear. Defense = Virtue.

BKennedy on September 6, 2007 at 5:53 PM

Ditto.

Name me one instance where I say I hate Fred or I won’t vote for him. The fact is that if he gets the nomination I will vote for him, but I’m not going to start spouting crazy talk like the groupies do. Do you know how stupid “Fear the Fred!” sounds?

If I had the same steel-hard will to completely ignore my candidate of choice’s failings, I too would be saying things like “Fear the Mitt!” or “Fear the Rudy!” or “Fear the Hunter!(note to Hunter: steal that slogan from Fred).” However I refuse to lower myself to that kind of binary thinking, where my judgement is either: Attack = Fear. Defense = Virtue.

BKennedy on September 6, 2007 at 5:53 PM

Oh please your constant diatribes against Fred are nothing less than the distilled essences of Clintonian hatred……

doriangrey on September 6, 2007 at 5:56 PM

BKennedy on September 6, 2007 at 5:53 PM

What binary thinking? Your posts are so predictable they barely deserve response. Same with csdevan most of the time. We all know you both hate Fred. The hatred drips from every word you write.

jdawg on September 6, 2007 at 5:58 PM

good give and take on Cnbc kudlow about fred. Mary Matilin vs DeeDee Myers.

unseen on September 6, 2007 at 5:58 PM

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