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Fred Thompson’s Lawrenceburg homecoming - a quick recap
Posted by: Billy Hollis on Saturday, September 15, 2007

As I mentioned earlier this week, Fred Thompson scheduled a campaign event in his hometown today. By sheerest coincidence, I grew up there too. So I drove down today with my mom and two sons to check it out.

The town square was shoulder-to-shoulder. I did some quick sample counts of the crowd and estimated a total of six or seven thousand in my visual range. There were more folks down the various side streets of the square, so the grand total probably added a thousand or two. I don't think the town square could have held many more. Not too bad for a town with a total population of less than 11,000.

Here's one picture of part of the crowd about an hour and a half before Fred's speech. (After sundown, my pictures dropped off rapidly in quality. Someday, I'm going to have to get a nice camera like Dale's.)

Lawrenceburg crowd about an hour and a half before Fred arrived

The crowd was enthusiastic and well behaved. Their biggest response came on Fred's lines concerning what he called the "global war" that we're in, and he was more straight up in describing radical Islam as a real menace than any other major politician I've heard. The crowd also liked his lines on Washington politicians being out of touch with the real world.

Fred seemed relaxed and confident. He doesn't really try to work people up the way some candidates do. I can see why some commentators call him "low energy" in his stump speech. But I think they may be missing the intensity, which is pretty high. He is talented enough as a speaker that he does not have to inject so much drama into his speech patterns to connect with the crowd.

He'll face much, much tougher crowds than this one. This event was as much about the town as it was about Fred. It was clearly a huge social event that probably drew out a lot of folks that are relatively apolitical. But there were a lot of seriously enthusiastic "Fredheads" and "Frednecks" there too.

This guy was distributing my favorite bumper sticker of the day:


If "Frederalism" means what it sounds like, I'm all for it.

I didn't return blown away by Fred, but given my cynicism about politicans, that's no surprise. I did see someone that talks more clearly to the average voter than any presidential candidate I've seen in a long time. I suspect Fred's going to surprise some people.

If you want to see more of my pictures from the day, I've posted them on Flickr. Mosey on over to here.

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So his heavy lines were when he said "we’re in a global war" and "Washington politicians are out of touch with the people?"

Gee, two brilliant and totally unrecognized insights, huh? Things that no Republican has ever said? I mean, with such a complex worldview, I’m sure the innovative, original solutions to those problems are right around the corner, eh?

If this guy was anymore of a lightweight, he’d blow himself backwards off the podium just by moving his lips.
Written By: glasnost
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the other day (friday I think) people over at Michelle Malkin’s blog were going bat-sh*t crazy over the fact that Fred didn’t tell us his view on the Schaivo case...


And a lot of them were fine with congress butting in.

I guess congress usurping the authority to make decisions is fine, but only when they don’t agree with what the private citizen chooses.

They seem unable to grasp the fact that if they let congress do that, congress starts getting a blank check to make every decision.

Ah well...
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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To glasnost:

"Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious."

George Orwell
Written By: Billy Hollis
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If this guy was anymore of a lightweight, he’d blow himself backwards off the podium just by moving his lips.

You should be cheering him on then...he would be an easy opponent for any of the current Dem. candidates. My gut feeling however, is that you and the rest of the left are scared to death of Fred. Pitting Fred’s confidence and stature against that effeminate pack Democratic front runners (Clinton, Obama, and Edwards) I can see why you’d be very nervous.
Written By: Bob
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Good point, Bob. We’ll know how the Democrats really feel about Fred’s chances if they do something like the National Review cover on Howard Dean with the gigantic caption "Please Nominate This Man".
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Check out the hit piece on Fred Thompson, including a few things the media never talks about. To read it go to
Written By: Chuck

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