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Fred Thompson: Over Before He Begins? (Updated)

Random thoughts:

  • Thompson "shakes up" his staff? A bad sign, especially considering he isn't really even in the race yet. Worse yet: he appoints Michigan's Hack-tacular ex-Senator Spencer Abraham as his campaign manager. Clearly, Thompson is trying to send a message that he is a true conservative. But Abraham is yesterday's news. He represents the failed policies of the Newt Gingrich wing of the party.

  • Speaking of which, is Newt about to endorse Thompson?

  • Is it possible that Thompson has hesitated so long that the excitement is leaking away? Is it possible that all we're left with are the uncomfortable realities of his background? (Link includes video):
    A woman screaming “you’re not a real conservative, sir” was removed by police from a welcoming reception for likely GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson Wednesday morning. A second protester was also taken from the room...

    She asked him why he was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and noted that the organization supported the North American Union with Canada and Mexico...

    [T]he likely candidate [responded, saying] “Don’t fuss at me. You asked me a question. Let me answer it.” He told the woman, “I try to learn as much as I can from all viewpoints.”

    "Don't fuss at me." I love it! Hey Fred -- that shtick might have charmed the ladies you used to date, but that was then. This is now.

  • And speaking of his background...would you believe he was a "sleazy trial lawyer"?:
    Before he was elected as a tough-on-crime US Senator from Tennessee or played a New York prosecutor on TV's Law And Order, Fred Dalton Thompson worked as a lawyer who argued against the government's authority to regulate drug paraphernalia or to search a boat packed with 14 tons of marijuana.
    Personally, that don't make me no never mind. After all, trial lawyers do important and valuable work. But will Republican base voters see it that way? My hunch is they'll rationalize this part of Thompson's past -- for now. But later? It depends on what else they discover about him and how his campaign progresses.

    P.S. I have to assume that the Romney campaign sees this as good for their man.

  • UPDATE: Thompson's fundraising operation sucks.

  • UPDATE: Wheels coming off the bus?
    J.T. Mastranadi was hired just a week and a half ago to be the campaign's director of research. He resigned this morning, a friend of his said. The friend said that Mastranadi was "fed up" with the "lack of structure" and was unclear about his role in the coming campaign.

  • UPDATE:Is Thompson running or not?
    "As you know, I've got some plans. I'm going to make a final decision in the not-too-distant future."
    To be, or not to be...that is the question.

Paging dick Cheney!


What a shame he already tapped out all his big time donors from his Friends of Scooter list.

If he runs, we can watch a Tennessee Senator lose his own State. It'll be a lot more fun this time.

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