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The journey of Fred Thompson

Posted Wednesday, October 10, 2007, at 9:13 AM

Fred Thompson: Legitimate candidate or headed downhill?

Pundits claim he came across better in Tuesday's debate than in previous campaign appearances.

Sometimes a Southerner, who sounds Southern, isn't going to come across well on first glance to Easterners used to candidates who either have Northern accents or the accentless voices of TV newscasters.

Thompson may talk a little slower, answer questions a little more slowly (which could indicate a deeper thought process beyond memorized sound bites) and come across as too laid-back.

It seems a far cry from the 1994 Senate race when Thompson was chosen as the Republican candidate partially because he was bigger, taller and had a much stronger physical and verbal presence than Democrat Jim Cooper, who is now deservedly back in Washington. That '94 race was too much about style as opposed to substance.

Thompson has been accused of being unaware of some issues, showing vague knowledge of other issues, being seemingly uncomfortable around crowds and of laziness.

Maybe he's just readjusting to politics. Maybe other sources besides his own ambitions are partially fueling his run, as in certain factions thinking Thompson is more electable than opponents.

Time will tell.

It'll be interesting seeing if Thompson's handlers make any changes. He's still an actor on a stage -- even when campaigning. He's used to directors' orders, even when dealing with unscripted real life and a nation's future partially hanging in the balance.

After all, politics seem to almost be a TV reality show now. Add cameras showing us the behind-the-scenes activity and we'd get the complete package.

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Fred is DONE.. SORRY, but it is appropriate for today's issues, too.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Sat, Jan 12, 2008, at 11:12 PM

Hmm... I am voting for a Democrat, that's for certain. I can't say who, because I don't know (but I think I do) who will win the primary!

-- Posted by nascarfanatic on Sat, Oct 13, 2007, at 6:36 PM

Yes Nathan tell us who you are voting for?

-- Posted by cordell on Sat, Oct 13, 2007, at 10:18 AM

Just who are you voting for nathan.evans?

-- Posted by nascarfanatic on Thu, Oct 11, 2007, at 4:39 PM

Fred looked pretty weak during the debate. I think he is out of his league, but it doesn't really matter what I think because I already know who I am voting for.

-- Posted by nathan.evans on Thu, Oct 11, 2007, at 1:26 PM

IMO Fred didn't do much for TN. or the nation as Senator. However as a lobbyist he sure helped those that paid him, even for things that he has spoke out against such as Abortion.

I have not decided who I will be voting for, but I have decided it won't be Fred.


-- Posted by HorseGentler on Thu, Oct 11, 2007, at 1:22 PM

If you have to ask people for an applause then you are shaky ground.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Thu, Oct 11, 2007, at 9:59 AM

- well, either that or they haven't listened to what you're saying in so long they didn't know you had finished talking!

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Thu, Oct 11, 2007, at 10:03 AM

I saw that clip where Fred asked for people to applaud him and I chuckled. If you have to ask people for an applause then you are shaky ground.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Thu, Oct 11, 2007, at 9:59 AM

Fred was in Iowa, drumming up support for his campaign. He was doing the usual, giving speeches and what not about his stances on certain issues. The most obvious part, other than the audiences complete and total boredom, that nobody even cared, was when the man had to ASK for a 'round of applause after finishing his statement. Wow, if you can't even motivate your party loyal guru's, you have a problem.

-Ron Paul seems like a good bet, but he like many say they are for limited government and want peace in the world, and all we get is the exact opposite, case in point, the last 7 years.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Thu, Oct 11, 2007, at 8:03 AM

Is Ron Paul running on the Republican ticket or a Independent ticket?

-- Posted by Dianatn on Wed, Oct 10, 2007, at 10:33 PM


You must not be aware of Ron Paul, he is not a party man. And he seems to have answers that are honest and straightforward. I like his ideas of limited government and ending a futile war.

-- Posted by dmcg on Wed, Oct 10, 2007, at 3:55 PM

Well Winghuter, when Fred Thompson actually tells people what he stands for instead of giving vague answers and vague looks then you might have a point. Right now though he looks as lost as last years Easter egg and we already have one of those in the presidency right now. To be honest, all the candidates from both parties look like a joke and none of them will truly be for the people . . . they will pretty much just follow their party line.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Wed, Oct 10, 2007, at 1:02 PM

Which political critics claim that Fred has been in another debate for this election? Maybe we shouldn't be listening to critics who suggest he has.

Memorized soundbites vs. Fred Thompson, now you're on the right track.

In the 1994 Senate race, Thompson was behind until he showed Tennessee that he wasn't just another suit...he showed them that he was the same as they were and he went on to prove it with his votes and keeping his campaign promises for the next eight years. Had Tennessee offered Fred the seat for what you spin he would never have been behind in the polls at all.

Have anymore theories brewing there Libprog?

Thanks to YouTube we all know Jim Cooper, a guy who demonstrated to all of us that his position was so weak that he had to resort to interrupting questions put directly to Fred in a debate where Fred rightly told him to "shut-up"...how refreshing to see a man deal with toads.

The aspersions you delightedly point to are just that, accusations by other people with political agenda's as those who have studied his record would use none of them, ever.

No acting job he ever accepted was offered to him to play anything else other than a man in charge, which is exactly who he is.

Fred has no "handlers" but, he does surround himself with intelligent advisors as all wise men will.

Time WILL tell;

Fred Dalton Thompson: 44th President of The United States of America.

'Nuff said.

-- Posted by Winghunter on Wed, Oct 10, 2007, at 12:06 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.