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Posts Tagged ‘fred thompson’

Fred Thompson’s speech

Posted by Richard on September 3, 2008

Long-time readers may recall that I'm a Fred Thompson fan, and I was looking forward to hearing his RNC speech tonight. It took a bit of looking to find a broadcast. The local PBS station carried it live. During applause breaks, I channel-flipped a bit, and ABC carried at least part of it delayed a bit. 

I don't think CBS and NBC aired any of it. They were too busy offering their "analyses" and asking random delegates what they thought of the "troubling revelations" about Sarah Palin. Apparently, the text was available in advance (the Financial Times of London has it), so I suspect that they decided it wouldn't help the campaign for which they're in the tank to let the TV audience hear great red-meat stuff like this: 

To deal with these challenges the Democrats present a history making nominee for president.

History making in that he is the most liberal, most inexperienced nominee to ever run for President. Apparently they believe that he would match up well with the history making, Democrat controlled Congress. History making because it’s the least accomplished and most unpopular Congress in our nation’s history.

Or this bit, which I especially enjoyed (quotes in original and used to show emphasis):

We need a President who understands that you don’t make citizens prosperous by making Washington richer, and you don’t lift an economic downturn by imposing one of the largest tax increases in American history.

Now our opponents tell you not to worry about their tax increases.

They tell you they are not going to tax your family.

No, they’re just going to tax ”businesses”! So unless you buy something from a ”business”, like groceries or clothes or gasoline … or unless you get a paycheck from a big or a small ”business”, don’t worry … it’s not going to affect you.

They say they are not going to take any water out of your side of the bucket, just the ”other” side of the bucket! That’s their idea of tax reform.

Go read the whole thing, and just imagine his gruff, folksy delivery in your mind.

Yeah, I like Fred.

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Thompson in South Carolina

Posted by Richard on January 19, 2008

Erick Erickson is on the Fred Thompson bus in South Carolina:

The Fred Thompson in South Carolina this week is the one America saw knock into Mike Huckabee as a pro-life liberal with “blame America first” beliefs whose economic policies would destroy the economy. And the crowds love it.

The crowds are enthusiastic and relieved. Finally, the Fred Thompson they hoped for is on the campaign trail. “Saying the Reagan Coalition is dead is like saying the Constitution is dead,” Thompson began one speech, taking on Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee. “The Reagan Coalition was never about the man. It was and is about the principles and values we apply to issues.” He continued, “The issues may change, but the principles do not.” The crowd roared its enthusiasm.

I hope Thompson does well in South Carolina. I like most of what I've read by and about him. One of Erickson's commenters said "Fred is like Ron Paul, but with testicles." Yeah, and without the disturbing past, unsavory friends, and hints of looney conspiracy theories.

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Thompson smear discredited

Posted by Richard on December 20, 2007

Speaking of Fred Thompson, reporter Roger Simon (not to be confused with novelist, screenwriter, and blogger Roger L. Simon, who, unlike his reporter namesake, is an honest and honorable man) posted a nasty hit piece on the presidential candidate at Politico. Unfortunately for him, he forgot that nowadays bloggers will fact-check his ass. And the video that proves him a liar is available on the Internet.

Dan Riehl set the record straight quickly (and posted the video), and Jimmie at The Sundries Shack did a nice job of bitch-slapping reporter/liar Roger Simon (not to be confused with the novelist, … etc.). Be sure to watch the video and compare it to Simon's description. This is the kind of dishonest crap that the MSM feeds you all the time.

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Awesome Thompson video

Posted by Richard on December 19, 2007

Glenn Reynolds said of this Fred Thompson video, "If he's got the guts to run this in Iowa and New Hampshire, he's got my vote . . . ." John Hawkins at Right Wing News (who put this together from IMAO's "Fred Thompson facts") thinks airing this constantly in Iowa would either assure Thompson of victory "…or he would actually drop into last place. One or the other."

I think Hawkins is right — running this as an ad would be a gamble, but it just might pay off big. Anyway, its fun. The concept is derivative of the various Chuck Norris jokes, but it's nicely done. I especially like this line: "In the Fred Thompson administration, there will be no need for the leaders of terrorist states to visit Ground Zero; Ground Zero will be wherever they live."

 Oh yeah — if you like this video, you might want to check out IMAO's matching T-shirt.

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A plus for Thompson

Posted by Richard on September 20, 2007

Another perfect one-liner from Glenn Reynolds:

GOOD NEWS FOR FRED THOMPSON: James Dobson doesn't like him. That's gotta be worth, what, five percent?

It's certainly a point in Thompson's favor from my perspective. 

On a related note, have you noticed the growing buzz about a Giuliani-Thompson or Thompson-Giuliani ticket? I think it's a pretty appealing combination — they're very complementary and yin-yang, but see eye-to-eye on key issues.

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Paul takes plunge, Thompson touted

Posted by Richard on March 13, 2007

A couple of months ago, Representative Ron Paul, the libertarian Republican from Texas, set up an exploratory committee for a Presidential run. Apparently, the explorations unearthed quite a bit of money and support — enough to persuade him to go ahead:

HOUSTON – Ron Paul, a nine-term Texas congressman who describes himself as a lifelong libertarian, announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination Monday.

Appearing on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal," Paul said he was at first reluctant to run, but that "a lot of people want to hear my message and I'm willing to deliver it."

Paul, who formed an exploratory committee in January, said he has raised more than $500,000 in the past month "with very little effort."

If Paul's campaign message is "Let's return the GOP to its limited-government roots," I'm on board. If I hear a lot of emphasis on "ending Yankee imperialism" and "opposing the BushHitler police state," so that he's virtually indistinguishable from the MoveOn nutroots crowd — then count me out. 

Meanwhile, former Senator Fred Thompson is merely thinking about exploring, but that's got a lot of conservative Republicans excited. Check out the enthusiastic comments on Doug Mataconis' post about a Thompson candidacy. 

If talk of Thompson entering the race suggests that McCain is fading, I think it's good news. The fact that Howard Baker and Bill Frist are promoting Thompson isn't exactly a plus in my book, but they're fellow Tennesseans with long-standing personal and professional relationships. It doesn't necessarily mean much policy-wise. My recollection of Thompson as a Senator is pretty vague, but fairly positive — likewise, his work as a prosecutor and role in Watergate.

I suspect that a lot of the grass-roots enthusiasm for a Thompson candidacy stems from one simple fact: Republicans remember how well they did the last time they nominated an actor. 

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