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    "Run Fred, Run ... Now!" (FoxNews.com Editorial)

    [QUOTE][B][SIZE=4]Run Fred, Run ... Now![/SIZE][/B]
    Thursday , April 19, 2007

    By Dick Morris and Eileen McGann

    For everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven — even a time to declare one’s presidential candidacy. And, for Fred Thompson, the time is now!

    Momentum has been building for Thompson in the past six weeks. If he announces his presidency run in the next few weeks, he will coast easily into a berth in the Republican finals against Rudy Giuliani. But if he delays — as he shows signs of wanting to do — he will miss the boat.

    For many candidates, delay means that they don’t have to stand out and be targets until later in the game. But for Thompson, delay could be fatal. The major negative against the former Tennessee senator is that he lacks the heart or the fire in the belly to compete and win. With Hillary Clinton looming as the expected Democratic nominee, victory is of surpassing importance to the Republican primary electorate. Republicans will not nominate someone who they think is ambivalent about running.

    During his Senate tenure, Thompson’s work habits were suspect. The New York Times recently (gently) noted that he was not known as one of the hardest working senators. The very fact that he left the Senate after only eight years in office raised suspicions that he was distracted by the allure of Hollywood and the joys of private life. Too long a delay in announcing his candidacy could fuel such speculation and create a negative that need not exist for the actor turned politician turned actor.

    On paper, Fred Thompson looks like a nominee from, well, central casting. Invoking the legacy of Ronald Reagan, his communications skills hearken back to the era when the GOP right had a president so fluid, silken voiced and articulate that it could advance its agenda without compromise and still prevail. With Rudy Giuliani threatening to resurrect Rockefeller Republicanism in a modern incarnation, Thompson offers a refuge for pro-life, pro-gun, anti-gay Republicans.

    The recent Supreme Court decision upholding Congressional legislation banning partial birth abortion and the tragic shooting at Virginia Tech will both ignite demands on the left for an aggressive drive to protect Roe v. Wade, and to legislate tougher gun controls. This Democratic offensive puts Rudy Giuliani in the middle and could erode support for his candidacy. On the other hand, it could fire the ranks of true believers and lead them to rally around a Fred Thompson candidacy.

    If doubts develop about Thompson’s willingness to run, or his aggressiveness once he is in the race, Newt Gingrich — waiting in the wings — could get into the race and compete with Fred for the designation as Mr. Right. Thompson would have to climb over the former House Speaker to get the right to face off with Rudy Giuliani in the finals. Rudy, for his part, has to decisively defeat John McCain to become the Republican moderate, who would then face the winner of the Gingrich/Thompson semi-final.

    If Fred Thompson jumps into the race quickly, with both feet, and hits the ground running, he can pre-empt Newt’s potential candidacy and head it off — much like Barack Obama’s swift entry into the race eclipsed any real chance that Al Gore had to challenge Hillary. It is well worth getting into the race early in order to win a bid in the semi-finals and a free pass to the GOP finals against Rudy.

    The financial demands for competition on the super, super Tuesday — February 5, 2008 — are daunting. Giuliani, with $12 million on hand, has a big head start. If Thompson waits too much longer, Rudy’s financial edge could become decisive. With virtually the entire nation voting on the same day, the cost of advertising and even of personal campaigning, is huge and Thompson will need every day he can make available to raise money — starting too late may mean never having a chance to win.

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    Dick Morris served as Bill Clinton's political consultant for 20 years, guiding him to a successful reelection in 1996. He is the author of New York Times bestsellers Because He Could, Rewriting History (both with Eileen McGann), Off with Their Heads, and Behind the Oval Office, and the Washington Post bestseller Power Plays.[/QUOTE]

    Hmmm.......Gore vs. Thompson 08'? I could live with that pairing.

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    The last interview I saw with Thompson he doesn't look healthy. Or he looks a lot older than I thought. How old is he?

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    [QUOTE=Warfish]Hmmm.......Gore vs. Thompson 08'? I could live with that pairing.[/QUOTE]

    Gore would lose his home state......AGAIN.....

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    when the GOPs best hope is a bald 80 year old with cancer that pretty much says it all

    even if Rudy wins it will be a concession election. Whoever runs behind Bush will get manhandled and the reason why is Iraq.

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    [QUOTE=bitonti]when the GOPs best hope is a bald 80 year old with cancer that pretty much says it all

    even if Rudy wins it will be a concession election. Whoever runs behind Bush will get manhandled and the reason why is Iraq.[/QUOTE]

    just like history shows President's with a JA rating less than 50% don't get re-elected....sound familiar???

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    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY]just like history shows President's with a JA rating less than 50% don't get re-elected....sound familiar???[/QUOTE]


    doesn't one have to be elected in the first place before they can be re-elected?

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    [QUOTE=bitonti]when the GOPs best hope is a bald 80 year old with cancer that pretty much says it all

    even if Rudy wins it will be a concession election. Whoever runs behind Bush will get manhandled and the reason why is Iraq.[/QUOTE]


    What is wrong with being Bald?

    What is wrong with being 80?

    What is wrong (politics wise) with having Cancer, for crying out loud?

    Sorry Bit, I don't get ya on this one.

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    Presidential election is a popularity contest pure and simple. Housewives across America vote for who is cute. People vote for who they want to hang out with and have a beer. no one wants a president with cancer. We as a nation haven't had a bald prez since Dwight D Eisenhower and he was a war hero in the era before televised debates. Sorry fish i don't make the rules, in many ways the 3rd grade class president race is not dissimilar to a general election.

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    [QUOTE=bitonti]Presidential election is a popularity contest pure and simple. Housewives across America vote for who is cute. People vote for who they want to hang out with and have a beer. no one wants a president with cancer. We as a nation haven't had a bald prez since Dwight D Eisenhower and he was a war hero in the era before televised debates. Sorry fish i don't make the rules, in many ways the 3rd grade class president race is not dissimilar to a general election.[/QUOTE]

    So pretty boy John Edwards is your predicted winner then? He clearly possess the best mass-appeal looks of any candidate so far running. He's a big hit, I hear, among the ladies.......

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    [QUOTE=Warfish]So pretty boy John Edwards is your predicted winner then? He clearly possess the best mass-appeal looks of any candidate so far running. He's a big hit, I hear, among the ladies.......[/QUOTE]

    no - that chump couldn't even carry his own state. It's not purely superficial looks it's also charisma. Edwards is an empty suit. Bush isn't exactly a GQ model but people could relate to him... ditto Clinton... and Reagan (who maybe had model looks at one time, but still had a great head of hair when ran for prez). Gore and Kerry lack this trait, people voted for these men not because they wanted to but because they were the lesser of two evils, that's not a way to win a general election either.

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    [QUOTE=Tanginius]doesn't one have to be elected in the first place before they can be re-elected?[/QUOTE]


    of course.....it's only the feeble minded who b!tch otherwise....

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    [QUOTE=Tanginius]doesn't one have to be elected in the first place before they can be re-elected?[/QUOTE]
    :zzz: :zzz: :zzz: :zzz:

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    [QUOTE=bitonti]when the GOPs best hope is a bald 80 year old with cancer that pretty much says it all

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    I really hope you don't vote, for anything at anytime

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    [QUOTE]During his Senate tenure, Thompson’s work habits were suspect. The New York Times recently (gently) noted that he was not known as one of the hardest working senators. The very fact that he left the Senate after only eight years in office raised suspicions that he was distracted by the allure of Hollywood and the joys of private life. Too long a delay in announcing his candidacy could fuel such speculation and create a negative that need not exist for the actor turned politician turned actor.[/QUOTE]

    Thompson simply does not appear to have a passion for politics. Conservatives seem to want Thompson to run for President more than he himself desires. Why would people want to vote for a man that doesn't have his full heart set on leading this country (especially in our current state)?

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    [QUOTE=bitonti]when the GOPs best hope is a bald 80 year old with cancer that pretty much says it all
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    Could you tell us who and what are you talking about (without reverting to JFK's Camelot, please?)

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    [QUOTE=parafly]Thompson simply does not appear to have a passion for politics. Conservatives seem to want Thompson to run for President more than he himself desires. Why would people want to vote for a man that doesn't have his full heart set on leading this country (especially in our current state)?[/QUOTE]

    That may indeed be true, or it could be Tactical. We should know soon enough.

    Personally, I would take a 3/4 Thompson ahead of Ms. Clinton. The last thing this nation need right now is another Bush or another Clinton. By the time 2008 rolls around, the past 20 years will have been more than enough of these two "Royal" families.

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    [QUOTE=Warfish]That may indeed be true, or it could be Tactical. We should know soon enough.

    Personally, I would take a 3/4 Thompson ahead of Ms. Clinton. The last thing this nation need right now is another Bush or another Clinton. By the time 2008 rolls around, the past 20 years will have been more than enough of these two "Royal" families.[/QUOTE]


    Yeah, Bush -> Clinton -> Bush -> Clinton would be awful. Like a sick joke where nobody laughs.

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    [QUOTE=Warfish]That may indeed be true, or it could be Tactical. We should know soon enough.

    Personally, I would take a 3/4 Thompson ahead of Ms. Clinton. The last thing this nation need right now is another Bush or another Clinton. By the time 2008 rolls around, the past 20 years will have been more than enough of these two "Royal" families.[/QUOTE]

    PotUS is the toughest job in the entire world and absolutely needs to be filled by a fully committed person. I suppose Thompson's desires are not fully public as of yet, however all indications point to Thompson being a weathered old man who is not motivated enough to passionately and strongly lead this country.

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    [QUOTE=pauliec]I really hope you don't vote, for anything at anytime[/QUOTE]

    there's no IQ test for voting rights, maybe there should be?

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    [QUOTE=parafly]PotUS is the toughest job in the entire world and absolutely needs to be filled by a fully committed person. I suppose Thompson's desires are not fully public as of yet, however all indications point to Thompson being a weathered old man who is not motivated enough to passionately and strongly lead this country.[/QUOTE]

    Curious... Just what are those indications?

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