Thursday, January 24, 2008

Thompson's exit in perspective

From Rich Galen, senior adviser to Fred Thompson's presidential campaign, syndicated at
One day in the week leading up to the South Carolina primary, the campaign office...asked if [Thompson] would record a video thanking supporters for helping to have raised over a million dollars from the day after the Iowa caucuses to that point.

This video was obviously going to be a veiled pitch to send in more money -- a point not lost on Thompson even though the script I wrote never mentioned it.

He told me he wasn't going to record it. Knowing we were facing an uphill climb to stay in the race, and knowing the video would tempt viewers to donate to help the campaign to go onto Florida and February 5th, he said, "I am not going to ask for money under false pretenses."

Throughout the campaign, when reporters inquired about Thompson's commitment to the race because of what Espo and/or Sidoti called his "laid-back style" I answered the same way: "If you're looking for a guy who is going to put on a Clarabell wig and a red nose and jump on stage singing show tunes, you've got the wrong guy."

It is strange that the qualities we are looking for in a sitting President - thoughtful, calm, and serious - are exactly the qualities which we penalize in those running for President.
Thanks for running, Fred.


<< Home 4 Comments:
Blogger iMurphy said...

Are you going to throw you considerable political weight behind another candidate now, or will you be sitting it out until the conventions? ;-)

8:43 PM, January 24, 2008  
Blogger Mark said...

This is a hard question (mind the flatter though:p). I'm already inclined in one direction...

I never thought I would say this, but, considering what's left of the field, I'm inclined toward Romney -- perhaps just because I think he has a chance of beating McCain. McCain (aside from the fact that I despise him) CANNOT beat Hillary or Obama. Romney might.

12:24 PM, January 26, 2008  
Blogger iMurphy said...

It's not flattery, merely acknowledgment of your clout with the masses! :-P

I never thought I'd hear you say that either (, though I'm glad to). Beating Hillama won't be that hard, either: when people have indefatigable proof that the Surge has worked and see that this has been the Do-LESS-than-nothing Congress, Republican will take the trifecta of power, only to squander it yet again.

6:08 PM, January 26, 2008  
Blogger Poindexter P. Parkenfarker said...

Romney is a good fiscal candidate.
The surge is working, and that is why the economy has become the major issue so far, this campaign.
Romney may be a good fiscal conservative, But he will need to look around to find good people to surround him who truly understand the foreign policy picture, of which I suspect he is in for a huge learning curve.
At least he will have a learning curve. There is no Democrat who gets the big foreign policy picture.

7:27 PM, January 27, 2008  

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