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Thompson finally an official candidate for Republican presidential nomination
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Wish I had a big flashing light.

Nah, I really don't.

This is purely, uh, anticlimactic.

The only secret was the date on which he'd make it official.

And now he has.

Let the games begin in earnest.

[As an aside, now we'll be spared anymore stories asking whether he has waited too long or he's ok jumping in now - thank goodness.]
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Previous Comments to this Post 

"He’s too late!"

"His campaign is in disarray!!"

"Announcing on Leno? He’s not serious enough!"

I’ve been reading that stuff for days. Professional politicos and journalists seem to exaggerate both highs and lows.

I don’t think the waiting will hurt Fred a bit. All he has to do it trot out one of his disarming explanations. Something like "I wanted to spare our poor voters all those extra months of campaign commercials they weren’t ready to watch."

As for announcing on Leno, it’s clear he’s running a completely different type of campaign, and basing a lot of it on his demeanor and name recognition. It seems like the perfect venue to me. He’s trying to reach Joe Voter, not Polly Politico.

I don’t know what to think about the campaign organization shuffles. But the harping on it looks like over-reaction to me. I would have thought by now Republican strategists would have been looking for someone who insists on getting his staff right before the $#!+ hits the fan. Goodness knows Bush has not shown any particular talent at assembling a staff.
Written By: Billy Hollis
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The best answer to whether the staff shuffling was a plus or minus is to look at the changes made. Were they upgrades or downgrades? I have yet to hear anyone question the abilities of any of the replacements or suggest that they were a poorer choice than the people they replaced.
Written By: Random Numbers
Funny - a Barack Obama ad pops up on this comment page.
Written By: Grimshaw
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It is 14 months from the election. The idea he was waiting too long is silly, most voters don’t focus until now (even in NH and Iowa — though as a caucus state Iowa probably gives the biggest bonus to people who spend loads of time there). If he runs a solid campaign, he can easily swing voters to his side and may quickly become the front runner. If he has a series of missteps, he’ll be another "looked better as an outsider" candidate. His best strategy is to focus on South Carolina and southern white voters first, and then once he gets the conservative core of the party to ditch Romney (Mormon who flip flops on social issues) and Guiliani (where to begin?), then veer towards the center and have a populist (whatever the definition) appeal like Reagan did.

One reason it might be good if he succeeds is it will send a message that it’s a waste of time to be debating and campaigning two years before an election!
Written By: Scott Erb
It wasn’t when he joined thats an issue. The start dates for when campaigning should be is still too soon.

Its how long he teased the public before actually declaring. He milked that in between state. He’s tried to upstage the debate several times. Its getting annoying.

Meanwhile we don’t get hardly anything about where Fred stands on issues. The only thing I know is he’s a decent communicator and knows the value of communicating. That’s incredibly attractive considering how BS accusations have gained credibility with the current administration due to delayed and inadequate responses. However, that’s not enough. Hopefully we’ll start learning more.
Written By: jpm100
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Talk about perfect timing. My Blogad shows up just as Fred announces at the Leno taping.

If anyone’s interested, I have reduced the markup on my Fred stuff through Friday.
Written By: Random Numbers
Well, here’s his views on Federalism.

Now, if he actually follows through on that, it could mean a real change in the way Congress does business...
Written By: Keith_Indy
now we’ll be spared anymore stories asking whether he has waited too long or he’s ok jumping in now - thank goodness
One would think, but someone debated the question anyway;^)
Written By: Lance

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