Scroll down for updates... President Bush will address the RNC tonight by satellite. Also on tap in prime time slots: First Lady Laura Bush. Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson. And Democrat Sen. Joe Lieberman. FWIW, here's what GOP insiders are saying about the post-Gustav convention shake-up. With the base energized, let's hope Fred Thompson brings... Read More
As expected, Fred Thompson has endorsed his friend John McCain. He's telling conservatives to fall in line. President Bush is also singing the "close ranks" tune. Sorry, I'm not ready yet to submit just yet. Endorsements are all well and good, but personnel is policy. And McCain has done nothing to disassociate himself from anti-conservative,... Read More
It's over: McLean, VA - Senator Fred Thompson today issued the following statement about his campaign for President: "Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for President of the United States. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort. Jeri and I will always be grateful for the... Read More
For what it's worth, via the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Fred defections have begun (hat tip - reader Rosebud): Allah's got a poll asking: "Would a McCain/Thompson ticket make you more likely to vote for McCain?"
Update 8:45pm Eastern. "Like a funeral." From Columbia, SC. Is this the end? Liveblogging...: "Well, it may be early to declare victory...awkward pause.." "Speaking from his heart to thank his supporters...We will always be bound by a close bond...we have traveled a special road together for a very special purpose...It's never been about me. Not... Read More
Supposedly positive campaigner Mike Huckabee takes a jab at Fred Thompson by joking on Joe Scarborough's show that Thompson "needs some Metamucil." Thompson responds on Mark Levin's radio show. Huck follows up by cuddling with the press. So, which do you prefer: Fred's political constipation or Huckabee's diarrhea of the mouth?
Update midnight: Interesting post from Peter Robinson at The Corner... Plus: A rightosphere temperature check from John Hawkins. *** The Luntz focus group on Fox (no sign of that repeat dude) weighed in on Thompson. The majority said he won the debate, but wondered how much it would matter. He has a few diehard supporters,... Read More
Fred Thompson was just on Fox News. He's in South Carolina while all eyes are on New Hampshire. The campaign's launching an 11-city bus tour. "This is my firewall," he stated bluntly. Here's what he told the AP: Indeed, it's do or die time.
I know I've got a lot of readers who support Fred Thompson. You know that I'm not incredibly enthusiastic about any one of the GOP candidates. So, don't bite my head off when I point out to you that it's not just the liberal media who are reporting on Fred's troubles on the campaign trail.... Read More
Here's the speculation that he'll drop out by the weekend if he fizzles tonight. Here's his non-denial denial on Fox this morning: Watch carefully. Painful. On a related note, Joe Carter has an interesting essay on his 30 days in the Huckabee campaign. You all know I'm not much of a Huckabee fan, but Carter's... Read More
Scroll down for updates...full statement added... Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King announced his endorsement for president this morning. He's going with Fred Thompson. As I mentioned, Rep. King has been one of the strongest proponents of strict immigration enforcement. Looks like Mitt Romney's Meet The Press performance yesterday--go back and read his Clintonian answer on... Read More
I asked yesterday what you thought of the NRLC's endorsement of Fred Thompson. Here are the results: The announcement will take place in about an hour at the Press Club in Washington. Catholic Online reports: Tuesday morning, November 13, 2007 at 10:00 A.M., at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., the Nations largest Pro-life... Read More
And now: Waiting for dilly-dallying Fred to finally take the stage. On Leno now at midnight: "I decided it was time for me to step up. So I did." Well, yeah. It's about time. CampaignSpot has the advance transcript. Allah has vid of the Huckabee/Paul exchange and much more analysis. FNC's Luntz-led focus group says... Read More
Update II: Jay Leno??? Update: Red State breaks out the sirens. The Politico reports that the Fred Thompson's not-yet-campaign is holding a 4pm Eastern phone conference "to brief them on plans for the former Tennessee senator's presidential announcement next week." Yeah, the non-announcement of a pending announcement of an announcement about an announcement is getting... Read More
In my 2002 book Invasion (p. 71, 76), I noted the open-borders obstructionism of former Sen. Spencer Abraham (R-Michigan), who fought to block the implementation of two different tracking databases--one for foreign student visa holders and the other for all temporary visitors (which was mandated by Section 110 of the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and... Read More
Remember all those John McCain '08 staffers let go by the dying campaign? Looks like they may get new life--recycled as Fred Thompson '08 staffers. Um, am I the only one who thinks this would be a bad move for Fred? The New York Sun reports: Er, not exactly something the Thompson campaign should remind... Read More
Update: Video highlights at HA. Bottom line: No knock-out punches, no fireworks. None of the candidates have changed their mind on anything since the last debate. And they probably didn't change any viewers' minds about them tonight. I remain totally....uninspired. Debunking the AP spin: I see that the BDS victims at the Associated Press are... Read More
Get on with it, already! People are asking me to comment on the non-announcement announcement by unnamed Fred Thompson advisers about a non-public public non-plan plan to officially non-officially test the waters for a presidential bid that may or may not happen on July 4, but probably the first week of July, which "could culminate... Read More
***Update 12:51 pm: Senate limits Gonzales' hiring authority*** Bloggers on the left and the right are sifting through the U.S. attorney-gate e-mails--3,000 pages of them now posted on the House Judiciary Committee website. MSM outlets are digging, too. ABC News reports that beleaguered AG Alberto Gonzales doesn't use e-mail. NYTimes writes: "The new e-mail provided... Read More