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posted at 10:46 pm on December 18, 2007 by Allahpundit

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Fred is really impressive in what he says,

but he always looks like his batteries are on Low and need to be recharged. That is probably why his campaign, which on the merits should put him at or near the top, is so stagnant.

Always Right on December 19, 2007 at 7:44 AM

Fred’s got a Dwight D. Eisenhower thing going on. Maybe it’s the way he combs his hairs lately?

If they do a postmodern redeux of “The Longest Day”, Fred has got to play Ike.

Hening on December 19, 2007 at 8:13 AM

I guess to be a “real conservative” you have to be a pro-choice campaign cash funneling career lobbyist who provides legal advice to terrorists…

tommylotto on December 18, 2007 at 11:55 PM

And he drove a red truck…a rented red truck….ohhhh noooo anything but that.
The worse part, he even gave his son a job, now it’s not driving across America in an RV (as dangerous and important as serving in the Middle East), but still. Imagine, giving your son a leg up…why you would think he is, he is, he is, like, George Romney, or George Bush, or Kennedy, or most any other father…imagine, helping your son…off with his head.

right2bright on December 19, 2007 at 8:28 AM

Christians don’t issue fatwas.

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baldilocks on December 18, 2007 at 11:08 PM

Yeah, get it right.

Christians issue “bulls” thank you.

Lehosh on December 19, 2007 at 8:35 AM

Fred is not only the logical choice but is a great choice for president.

TheSitRep on December 19, 2007 at 8:36 AM

The Huckabee family photo on the Drudge headline is hilarious. Left and Right coasters will be running for the hills.

Limerick on December 19, 2007 at 8:43 AM

There’s an idea for a poll: who has been?

Ugly on December 19, 2007 at 12:49 AM

I’ve watched a few pole dances, does that count???

doriangrey on December 19, 2007 at 8:51 AM

Fred to the Huckster: To quote another man from Hope… “Ya might want to put some ice on that…”

mrfixit on December 19, 2007 at 9:02 AM

doriangrey on December 19, 2007 at 8:51 AM

ay….. (thinking back on my misspent youth…..good times..lol)

mrfixit on December 19, 2007 at 9:03 AM

Elect Fred Thompson President and Win One for the Gipper.” Ronald Reagan, posthumous–Posted by: St. Paul Plunder at December 19, 2007 09:20 AM (bGDqs) @ Ace of Spades HQ

Compared to MSM polls and trolls, the sun rise, a lovely sight of itself, eminates its own warmth and powerful energy.

maverick muse on December 19, 2007 at 9:04 AM

Fred to the other candidates…/channeling “The Duke” I’m not going to hit you…Like he11 I’m not…

doriangrey on December 19, 2007 at 9:05 AM

Awesome and perfectly accurate quotes by Fred. Huck is a clown.

Jaibones on December 19, 2007 at 9:08 AM

Exit Question: Is HotAir a Fred! bubble? Are Republican voters in Iowa that different from us or are these polls wrong?
bigbeas on December 19, 2007 at 12:34 AM

As I’ve often mused before. I have caller ID. I do not answer numbers that are either private or toll-free. How many of us do? And by this time in Iowa, after having daily polling for the better part of a year, who’s really answering these things? Elmer Fudd?

Tennman on December 19, 2007 at 9:36 AM

Big S on December 18, 2007 at 11:19 PM

Don’t you know Big S? If you don’t support Fred Thompson you’re a liberal!

If you don’t vote for Fred you might as well vote for Hillary in the general. That’s Gregor’s plan, anyway.

Fred Thompson ’08: I let Clinton slide once, and damnit I’m gonna go it again! Oh, and I’m conservative. Remember that.

BKennedy on December 19, 2007 at 9:37 AM

However, all he did here was call Huckabee a liberal. It’s nothing to get too excited over; all of Republican candidates will level that charge at their opponents from time to time,

Big S on December 18, 2007 at 11:19 PM

Then why is Fred the only one doing it? He’s the only one with the guts so far to say what we’re all thinking about Huck, and to point it out unequivocally to anyone who hasn’t figured it out yet. The other candidates seem too afraid of offending fundamentalists by pointing out the truth about Huckabee’s liberalness. They’re all tip-toeing around Huck and his supporters instead. I fully expected the gloves to come off in the Giuliani campaign a few days ago when Huck pulled ahead in Florida, but nothing. Nothing meaningful from Romney or McCain, either. That’s why we’re so impressed that Fred’s doing it. He’s not hopping up and down, screaming and turning red in the face about it. He’s just calmly stating facts in a straightforward way that gives credit to the viewer’s intelligence. That’s why we’re cheering.

aero on December 19, 2007 at 9:44 AM

aero on December 19, 2007 at 9:44 AM

Well, Fred has perpetually been available for comment on everyone else’s campaign.

It’s his own he never talks about.

BKennedy on December 19, 2007 at 9:46 AM

It’s his own he never talks about.

BKennedy on December 19, 2007 at 9:46 AM

C’mon BK, you know that’s not true. All these clips are exactly that; clips exerpted from much longer interviews in which he’s laying out his platform.

I sure wish you’d focus that big bag o’ anger at the Huckster. Sinking him raises all boats, including your guy Mitt.

techno_barbarian on December 19, 2007 at 9:56 AM

C’mon BK, you know that’s not true. All these clips are exactly that; clips exerpted from much longer interviews in which he’s laying out his platform.

I sure wish you’d focus that big bag o’ anger at the Huckster. Sinking him raises all boats, including your guy Mitt.

techno_barbarian on December 19, 2007 at 9:56 AM

I’ve already stated Huckabee is vermin for his religion baiting.

If Fred were really so busy putting out his platform, he wouldn’t be in the single digits and shooting for runner-up in early primary states. But as we know, all his campaign events are flops and he’s held less of them than the other candidates. Fred’s tendency for producing good soundbites is sinking any platform he might have.

Attacking other candidates with witty quips is par for the course with Fred, and he undoes what would be a solid two minute interview segment with a 30 second dissertation on what the other guy is doing. Fred is his own worst enemy.

BKennedy on December 19, 2007 at 10:04 AM

Fred is his own worst enemy.

BKennedy on December 19, 2007 at 10:04 AM

Then why do you waste your precious time on this planet railing against a guy with such low poll numbers and miniscule influence? Just askin’.

techno_barbarian on December 19, 2007 at 10:06 AM

Fred was AWESOME. You tell em, Fred!

NickTx on December 19, 2007 at 11:02 AM

Then why do you waste your precious time on this planet railing against a guy with such low poll numbers and miniscule influence? Just askin’.

techno_barbarian on December 19, 2007 at 10:06 AM

Because certain others think he is the greatest thing since sliced bread and can’t handle the fact that Fred has sabotaged himself. They’ll blame the MSM, they’ll blame right-wing media that doesn’t salivate over Thompson in general. The only thing they won’t blame for the mismanaged Thompson campaign is Fred himself. I’d vote for Fred too if I wern’t convinced by Fred’s own incompetence he’s not fit to run a campaign for dogcatcher. To beat Hillary Fred will need a ground force, a swift, well organizaed campaign team that responds to attacks at lightning speed, and the energy and stamina to survive what could be the dirtiest election in history.

Fred Thompson doesn’t have any of that. He can slaughter Hillary on ideas all day long, but it doesn’t matter if he can’t pool the resources and run a campaign that can beat her. Nevermind if Barry O gets the nod. People actually want to vote for Obama.

All I know is this:

Mitt Romney had the cojones to do an interview with Michelle for HA and MM.com.

Fred Thompson goes on Beck and says he wasn’t aware so many people were looking for him. That was either another classic poorly constructed FDT joke or Fred doesn’t even have a hold on his campaign.

BKennedy on December 19, 2007 at 11:15 AM

BKennedy on December 19, 2007 at 11:15 AM

I think you massively underestimate Thompson, and that’s your perogative. I think Fred will do just fine up against any of the dem candidates. The talk about Fred’s stamina is just speculation on your part. I would imaging Jeri would disagree with you on that one. And a massive quick response smear team is the very last thing I want to see him adopt. I’m sick of that crap, and I think the American People are too.

For the record, after listening to what Mitt has had to say, he’s now my number 2 choice.

Less vitriol will probably do you some good, my friend. I’m not sniping or snarking at you, either.

techno_barbarian on December 19, 2007 at 11:28 AM

I think you massively underestimate Thompson, and that’s your perogative. I think Fred will do just fine up against any of the dem candidates. The talk about Fred’s stamina is just speculation on your part. I would imaging Jeri would disagree with you on that one.

Jeri is more interested in becoming First Lady then Fred is in being President. Everyone who sees the two together knows she wears the pants and calls the shots, and Fred is just her patsy.

I don’t think I’ve mischaracterized Thompson at all. Thompson started his campaign as king of the world, the conservative second coming of Reagan that would save us all from RINO Rudy, Mitt, and McCain. Fred Thompson was heralded as the only true conservative. “Fred is inevitable. Fear the Fred!” were the phrases of the day.

Didn’t work out that way though, did it? When given an opportunity to shine, Fred passes on it, preferring to crack a joke or smoke a cigar. Fred conceded New Hampshire the moment he blew off the primary debate for an announcement on Leno the same day. If he didn’t New Hampshire would be solidly in the Fred column. Fred missed out on the Iowa straw poll, now he’s gunning for third place.

Fred Thompson is like a 6’6 titan that everyone thought would be an all-star QB, and it turns out that he is incapable of converting a third down. Fred started at 1st and ten, and he rushed forward 5 yards. But then he threw an incomplete pass. When it came to third down he got sacked, and had to punt.

When his team recovered the ball, the same thing happened. A quick rush forward, an incomplete pass, and then another sack. Repeat until Thompson hits single digits.

BKennedy on December 19, 2007 at 11:40 AM

My 2 cents issued at this late time:

Thompson/Bolton ’08 – Fear The Glare!

Frozen Tex on December 19, 2007 at 11:53 AM

Thompson started his campaign as king of the world, the conservative second coming of Reagan that would save us all from RINO Rudy, Mitt, and McCain. Fred Thompson was heralded as the only true conservative. “Fred is inevitable. Fear the Fred!” were the phrases of the day.

Ya know, a lot of that was just honest hope and excitement at hearing someone actually put forth things that a lot of people, myself included, believed. He didn’t proclaim his inevitibility. I don’t think Thompson’s passing on anything.

Fred Thompson is like a 6′6 titan that everyone thought would be an all-star QB, and it turns out that he is incapable of converting a third down. Fred started at 1st and ten, and he rushed forward 5 yards. But then he threw an incomplete pass. When it came to third down he got sacked, and had to punt.

Football analogies? Just keep pulling that stuff out of thin air, I guess. I can’t imagine anyone taking what you say seriously when you write stuff like this.

I know a measured campaign (by someone who isn’t dripping in campaign funds) isn’t your style, but a lot of us actually like it. Each to his own, eh?

I’m beginning to regret trying to have an honest conversation with you. It’s a waste of my own precious time on this planet. Enjoy your day.

techno_barbarian on December 19, 2007 at 11:57 AM

I’ve said it before, but I still believe it… Fred knows exactly what he’s doing, and he is going to peak at exactly the right time. If he times things right, there is no reason why he couldn’t brutally dispose of each and every one of his opponents.

He comes across as lazy because he lays in waiting rather than feverishly begging for attention at every turn.

DaveS on December 19, 2007 at 12:08 PM

He comes across as lazy because he lays in waiting rather than feverishly begging for attention at every turn.

DaveS on December 19, 2007 at 12:08 PM

He’s the boa constrictor of candidates.

Frozen Tex on December 19, 2007 at 12:21 PM

I know a measured campaign (by someone who isn’t dripping in campaign funds) isn’t your style, but a lot of us actually like it. Each to his own, eh?

There was a story just over a week ago where a Fred event didn’t have any chairs for the supporters that showed up. That isn’t “a measured campaign,” that’s incompetence.

BKennedy on December 19, 2007 at 12:30 PM

I get polled by the IRS!

Oh you mean something else, like questioned.

TheSitRep on December 19, 2007 at 12:37 PM

TheSitRep on December 19, 2007 at 12:37 PM

Dirty minds think alike.

baldilocks on December 19, 2007 at 12:48 PM

I’m not here to cut him down… – Fred

Doing a surprisingly good job for that not being why you’re here…

gekkobear on December 19, 2007 at 2:15 PM

There was a story just over a week ago where a Fred event didn’t have any chairs for the supporters that showed up. That isn’t “a measured campaign,” that’s incompetence.

Perhaps it was “standing room only”?

DaveS on December 19, 2007 at 3:33 PM

Perhaps it was “standing room only”?

DaveS on December 19, 2007 at 3:33 PM

Not with 400 people it wasn’t.

BKennedy on December 19, 2007 at 4:20 PM

All Fred did was tell it like it is about The Huckster. A liberal wolf in sheep’s clothing, The Huckster, who reminds me of Mr. Haney from Green Acres in the same manner, will be devoured by the same Drive By Media types he’s trying to suck up to.

He’s what Ann Coulter called the “liberals’ favorite evangelical.” And if he gets the GOP nomination, they will eat him for lunch. The Huckster and Ron Paul are the two Republicans I won’t vote for.

pdigaudio on December 20, 2007 at 2:35 AM