Tag Archives: Fred Thompson

Fred Thompson Back In The Day

29 Jan

I know he’s gone, but here’s a quick video covering the early days of Fred Thompson’s uninspired run for the White House. 

Please watch and then ask yourself “how did we not know?”

PS – Love the golf cart! 

Has Rudy Giuliani Fired Someone Yet?

23 Jan

Message to you Rudy.  It’s an old song by the Specials, a UK band I listened to during my younger years.  And it’s also the topic of this posting.

Go to fullsize imageRudy.  Rudy.  What are you and your people thinking?  Do you actually have PAID advisers helping out on your now long-shot bid for the presidency?  You know, it didn’t have to be this way, Mr. Mayor.

But before we get to what your campaign has done wrong, let’s take a look at what you’ve done right.  You got rid of the comb over.  Big props for that.  Hopefully, hair challenged men the world over will now realize a close cropped head of hair beats the comb over every time.  And you mention 9/11 like you’re the subliminal message guy in the old SNL skits.  Predictable perhaps, but it’s been effective for you, sir.  Somehow people have connected the dots from you being a good responder to the aftermath of terrorist attacks with actually being effective at stopping them.  Not saying you couldn’t, Rudy, but being Churchill-like after 9/11 doesn’t prove you can actually stop anything.  Finally, you and your folks should take great pride in recognizing that this year’s race, with all the shifted primaries, would be unlike any before.

And here’s where it falls apart.  Yes, Team Rudy quickly grasped the primaries were set up differently this time out and you all deserve credit for factoring that change into your strategy.  The problem is the strategy you chose, ignore almost all the races til Florida, was at best naive and at worst criminally stupid if you are trying to get yourself elected president.

How could you, Mr. Giuliani and your advisers not realize that:

a) momentum means something

b) people love a winner

c) press coverage follows the winner of the early races like Iowa & New Hampshire

d) And money stalks the winners too

Sure, at one point, Rudy, you could claim to hold a sizable lead in national polling.  But now that’s all a distant memory along with your lead in the Florida race that you’ve pinned all your hopes on.

Rudy, you aren’t winning Florida and in fact, you will soon be joining Thompson on the sidelines commiserating about what could have been.  But at least your hair will look presidential.  And, take heart, that’s more than a lot of guys can say.

Bonus Picture of Rudy with Comb Over:
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And now Rudy after:

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Please share this with all balding men that are tempted to comb over.  Thank You.

Extra special bonus pic of The Specials:
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Fred Thomas Drops Out To Get Back To Napping

23 Jan

Well it’s about time!  Fred Thompson, who has shown so little passion for the Republican nomination, officially dropped out of the race and now has much more time available to nap. 

Go to fullsize imageIn this surprising election year, Thompson might be the candidate who’s surprised the most.  When Thompson started testing the waters in ’07, Conservatives across the nation where salivating at getting the chance to elect another folksy actor as commander in chief.  He cast himself as the heir to Ronald Reagan and Republicans across the country fell for it. 

And then a strange thing happened.  He waited and waited to jump into the race officially.  That should have been the immediate tip off, but for those of us a little slow on the uptake, it took a bit more.  Thompson finally got into the race late and then kicked off his campaign by showing little interest in actually campaigning.  You’d figure as the last guy in that he’d have to sprint to make up ground.  Apparently Fred Thompson didn’t see it quite that way.  Instead, the former senator & fine character actor scheduled few events, made supporters wait at others and canceled yet others.  Finally, he was quoted a few months in to the campaign as saying he didn’t have a deep desire to run for president.

Excuse me, Fred.  I understand that some politicians, most notably both Clintons, get dinged for excessive ambition.  But, if you aren’t really into running for president, then how about getting out of the way? 

Never have so many gotten so excited over so little effort.

New Hampshire Is Very Good To John McCain

9 Jan

Go to fullsize imageCall him the new comeback kid.  McCain wins New Hampshire for the second time and completes his comeback to front-runner status.  What an amazing ride for the Senator.  His campaign was left for dead this summer and now thanks to the Granite State, he’s out in front of the pack despite being outspent something like two to one by rival Mitt Romney.

Given that independents can vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary, I wonder if McCain’s big win at all affected the votes that came Barrack Obama’s way.

With Huckabee winning Iowa, McCain taking New Hampshire, Romney loaded with money and Giuliani still pinning his hopes on Florida, this contest (like the Democrat’s) won’t be over for a while.   Is Fred Thompson just napping or is he still in the race?

Huckabee & Obama Win Iowa – You Heard Half of It Here First!

4 Jan

29667577731.jpgHate to say I told you so, especially when I didn’t.  You can check the post below and confirm that my predictions last night were on the money 50% of the time.  (About the same level of success as a typical Shaq foul shot.) Mike Huckabee took the Iowa Republican Caucus as I predicted.  He did so by a rather large margin that has to leave Mitt Romney feeling discouraged.

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On the Democratic side, Barack Obama won in a much tighter race. As this is being written, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards, who I predicted to take Iowa, are still fighting it out for second place.

While I’m upset at not nailing both contests, I’m happy at how it turned out.  I was hoping for Huckabee and Edwards victories because I felt they would keep both races wide open, which would be good for the nation.  I think Obama winning and Edwards’ showing strong showing will keep things interesting on the Democratic side for a while.  Hillary conceded as much moments ago in a speech rallying supporters to prepare for a nationwide (read LONG) fight for the nomination. 

And clearly things will stay interesting on the Republican side too for the forseeable future.  Romney has to figure out how to beat John McCain in New Hampshire or risk falling too far behind to catch up despite his massive personal fortune.

Start the countdown to Fred Thompson dropping out!