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Is a Fred Thompson presidential bid gathering steam?
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, March 27, 2007

It appears that may be the case:
Rep. Zach Wamp, (R-Tenn.) is serious about a Fred Thompson bid for the White House and he thinks the former senator and actor may be too.

"I believe he is seriously preparing to run," Wamp told Politico in a phone interview.

More important for Thompson, Wamp is also hustling to demonstrate the kind of support Thompson would find should he get in.

Republican Reps. Gresham Barrett (S.C), Lynn Westmoreland (Georgia) and Jeff Miller (Florida) are all willing to publicly support Thompson, Wamp said. He said 50 other House members have already expressed interest in meeting with Thompson when he comes to Capitol Hill on April 18th to test the presidential waters. Wamp bragged that they would have to separate the visit into two sessions because of the outpouring of interest.
As we discussed on this week's podcast, many conservative Republicans are not at all happy with the developing list of front runners for the GOP presidential nominee. Is Fred Thompson the "Magic Conservative"?
It's also why Georgia Rep. John Linder sang the former senator's praises this weekend at a Gwinnett County (GA) GOP convention that saw Thompson not just win the straw poll but get more votes than all the other candidates combined.

Wamp said, however, that the draft movement has received interest from all over the country, including from top statehouse politicians in places like Missouri and Illinois.
The straw poll cited was in the county in which I live, which is solidly red and very conservative. While anecdotal, it does reflect what I believe is a hunger for a more conservative candidate who is attractive, viable and electable. Fred Thompson seems to be the developing story among conservatives.

It now becomes a matter of timing. A story last week noted that Hillary Clinton's plan to enter the race was moved forward by 6+ months as candidates began entering and campaigning for their party's nomination very early. Her original plan was to announce in May. That, according to Politico, will be when Thompson decides:
Confirming what Politico has been told by other sources, Wamp said Thompson will probably make a final decision in May. Wamp predicted Thompson could still get in by "mid-summer" and win the nod.
I disagree with Wamp's last prediction. This is going to be a billion dollar race and fund raising is key. No announcement, no funds. Wait till late summer and he will be so far behind in the fund-raising curve as to be "combat ineffective" when the primaries roll around. Even if he gets the nod, he'll still be behind. In this sort of a race, a candidate cannot afford to mistime his entry or be outspent.
 
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Thompson might be seen as the "magic conservative" simply because he is relatively unknown. Giulani, McCain, etc., have been out there longer, and Thompson is the "none of the above" candidate.

That benefits him for now, but will he carry that to the nomination?
 
Written By: Steverino
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I wanna see a Giuliani / Thompson ticket
 
Written By: Jimmy the Dhimmi
URL: http://www.warning1938alert.ytmnd.com
Wait till late summer and he will be so far behind in the fund-raising curve as to be "combat ineffective" when the primaries roll around. Even if he gets the nod, he’ll still be behind. In this sort of a race, a candidate cannot afford to mistime his entry or be outspent.
I’m not so sure about that. To a certain extent it’s right, and that’s likely why the trial balloons on a Thompson run are being floated now — i.e. to give fair warning to big donors to hold onto their checkbooks a little longer. In fact, I’d wager that waiting until May is just to see if Thompson can line up some primary streams of funding ahead of time.

Either way, this is going to be a marathon, not sprint. It’s not so important to get out of the starting blocks cleanly as it is to pace yourself. The main problem for candidates who have already announced is that they will be subject to intense scrutiny for much longer, and will have many more opportunities for gaffes along the way.

Waiting may put Thompson behind in the early money race, but it also means he’s not spending money. Meanwhile, the other candidates will have plenty of time to shoot themselves in the foot.

Just my $0.02
 
Written By: MichaelW
URL: http://asecondhandconjecture.com
Plus he lets the blog campaign simmer and cook for a bit longer, by which time it will be in newspapers and on TV, giving him free press and campaigning.
 
Written By: ChrisB
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I guess I dont watch enough (well any) network TV to understand the attraction of Fred Thompson. At least he has a strong military background as Commander of the Atlantic Fleet.
 
Written By: bains
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Another senator? How ’bout someone with executive experience?

The only frontrunner with executive experience on either side so far is the RINO from New York.
 
Written By: Don
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At least he has a strong military background as Commander of the Atlantic Fleet.
Then he does have executive experience of a sort . . . RINO McCain’s executive experience is commanding an airplane (for the 20 minutes or so before he got shot down).

Clinton’s executive experience is in bossing around the President for 8 years, and prior to that the Gov of Arkansas.

Obama and Edwards have NO executive experience. By contrast, Kerry’s consisted of driving a Swift boat (his most memorial action was beaching it and leaving it to go hunting with a personal weapon).

 
Written By: Don
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Well, not having known much about Fred! before, I was impressed with his early career. Wiki has all the pertinent facts that I’ve read before.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Dalton_Thompson

And here is his voting record on issues...

http://www.ontheissues.org/Senate/Fred_Thompson.htm
 
Written By: Keith_Indy
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At least he has a strong military background as Commander of the Atlantic Fleet.
Then he does have executive experience of a sort
Hahahah... oh man.

A truly impressive career. He was CIA Director first... then he was with the FBI (at least two times in his career)... then the "Organized Crime Bureau." Subsequently he went military, rising to Lt. Colonel in Vietnam, a Major General involved in the Manhattan Project (don’t contradict me on the timeline! I’m warning you!), and then a Rear Admiral on the USS Enterprise.

Oh, and he did plenty after that. He’s served in several police units, every branch of the military, and as White House Chief of Staff. He’s been a Senator in more than one state, I believe.

But he can’t run in 2008, as he’s already been President of the United States two times.
 
Written By: Bryan Pick
URL: http://www.qando.net
Well now - how has this piece not been picked up? I’m sure CAIR will be all over it if he does run -
Filmography -

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World is a 2005 film starring and directed by Albert Brooks. It was shown at the Dubai Film Festival.

The plot follows a Jewish comedian sent by the United States government into India and Pakistan to find out "what makes Muslims laugh." In the movie, Albert Brooks plays himself, as opposed to a character as in other movies. References are made to his earlier films, including Finding Nemo, Lost In America, Defending Your Life and his earlier stand-up comedy material.


Heh - lets see how he answers those questions ;-)
 
Written By: meagain
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At least he has a strong military background as Commander of the Atlantic Fleet.
Heh.
But then what conservatives might have to consider is his endorsement of Alec Baldwin,
Greer told me. Summer of his third year, he and his squad went down in a chopper accident in the Med. Bad - pilot, crew killed. That kid spent ten months in traction, another year learning to walk again. Did his fourth year from the hospital. Now it’s up to you, Charlie, but you might consider cuttin’ the kid a little slack.
What about you, McQ? Are you going to cut Alec Baldwin some slack? We know Tom Clancy does... and that must carry some weight around here.

What say you, McQ?
Speaking of which. I’d love to hear where the neolibertarian’s stand on these candidates.
We know McCain is out, but what of Giuliani? On it’s face, he might seem the perfect candidate the GOP has to offer to the neolibertarians at this point.

Strong on national defense, reasonable on social issues, ect…

Come on, McQ. Let’s have it.

Man up.

Let’s get this party started.

Cheers.

 
Written By: PogueMahone
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...conservatives might have to consider is his endorsement of Alec Baldwin.
No fair Pogue... Continuing down that path, we will all soon have to consider candidates such as Harrison Ford, Martin Sheen, Kevin Klein, Gene Hackmann, Michael Douglas and a whole host of others.
 
Written By: bains
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We know McCain is out, but what of Giuliani? On it’s face, he might seem the perfect candidate the GOP has to offer to the neolibertarians at this point.
Given that the competition is McCain, Hillery, and Obama, Giuliani seems pretty good.

I don’t like his history on guns, however.
 
Written By: Don
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I, for one, will cut Arec Bardwin ("the best actor ever") some slack. As far as I can tell, despite the rumors, he didn’t actually say he’d leave the country if Bush won, so he’s not (as far as that issue goes) a hypocrite.
 
Written By: Bryan Pick
URL: http://www.qando.net
Superman has Fred Thompson pajamas.
 
Written By: The Gonzman
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What is his position on limited government? As we have seen, cutting taxes by itself doesn’t shrink the government.

I’m a Ron Paul man until I somebody better shows up.
 
Written By: DS
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I want Rep. Zach Wamp to run for president. I just like the name "Zach Wamp."
 
Written By: Bilwick
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I’m a Ron Paul man until I somebody better shows up.
Well, given Ron Paul’s ideas on forign policy (Iraq was about the neocon desire for oil and empire; 9/11 was a result of our forign policy, etc.) I think I’ll pass on him.

Here is a quote from an Antiwar.com article by Paul:
I hope the Commission tells us why members of the bin Laden family were permitted, immediately after 9/11, to leave the United States without interrogation, when no other commercial or private flights were allowed. That event should have been thoroughly studied and explained to the American people. We actually had a lot more reason to invade Saudi Arabia than we did Iraq in connection with 9/11, but that country, obviously no friend of democracy, remains an unchallenged ally of the United States with few questions asked.
Frankly, I expect more, even from a Congressman.


 
Written By: Don
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We actually had a lot more reason to invade Saudi Arabia than we did Iraq in connection with 9/11, but that country, obviously no friend of democracy, remains an unchallenged ally of the United States with few questions asked.
What’s the problem? Is that question just too darn logical?

One point for Mr. Paul.
 
Written By: DS
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I am so ill with the current group of political hacks that Fred Dalton T would be a fresh and honorable and wise choice for me and those I know which include a wide group of independent thinkers and tax payers.

Fred should take encouragement at the diverse base of folk who will strongly support him including with money to come out of the closet and get in the game.

Personally, you could not pay me enough for the public role these days but someone needs to do it. Fred where are you...as we all need your fairness and wisdom clearly demonstrated not only on law and order...but, in congress for many years and in his other roles of rooting out misbehavior in the past.

I believe he would not regret it and again... this Country needs this man.

robbys@inbtergate.com Maryland voter
 
Written By: frank m robinson (naval engineer)
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