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Matalin Sticking With Fred Thompson

Rumors are flying about more senior level departures from the unofficial presidential campaign of former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.).

Mary Matalin
Mary Matalin isn't abandoning Fred Thompson's still unofficial campaign. ("Meet the Press" via Reuters)

But The Fix can knock down one of the major ones: Mary Matalin, a former adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney and longtime Republican political operative, is staying put.

Reached in Croatia (are we good or what?), Matalin said she chats daily with the Thompson organization and remains 100 percent on board.

Our sense of the ongoing Thompson staff shuffle is that it is teetering on the brink of becoming just plain bad news. The sharks are circling and whispers about the too-prominent role of Thompson's wife -- Jeri -- are everywhere. With news of every departure, the story tilts away from Thompson's best interests.

The audience for this story remains largely confined within the Beltway for the moment, which is good for Thompson. But staff stirrings can lead to stories about disorganization, unhappiness and general disorder, and that is a narrative that does Thompson's "campaign" no good, especially as he prepares to launch his bid formally sometime in the next month or so.

Thompson's GOP "savior" image started taking on water in Washington over the last week or so and may take on some more before it's all over. But, in truth, the key to Thompson's appeal -- and chances at the Republican nomination -- are tied less to whether Washington likes him than to how his candidacy is received by social conservatives in early states like Iowa and South Carolina.

Thompson's candidacy is aimed at filling a perceived void among the current top tier when it comes to a voice for social conservatives. As long as these voters still see Fred as their guy, the chatter inside the Beltway is much ado about nothing. If, however, the story starts to bleed out into larger questions of whether he and his campaign are up to the task, it's much more problematic.

In Today's Post: No Easy Verdict on Thompson The Lawyer.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 26, 2007; 2:39 PM ET
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Comments

What is all this hot air about Cheney?
Seems jaundiced political minds will think of anything to keep conservative voters in a state of angst. What uninformed,foolish person first started wagging this dog?
But now,to the subject that matters most: Fred Dalton Thompson as the GOP nominee and the next president of the USA. He is not afraid as one blogger suggests. He is cautious and is just having a little fun with his avid supporters, enjoying the flirtation, the wooing, and the attention
he is generating. Anything worthwhile is worth fighting for and worth waiting for. and Fred D Thompson is worth the waiting. When he does announce and this nation feels the passion that his campaign volunteers and supporters feel and produce, the uninitiated will break into a run as they try to catch up and climb on
the fast rolling FDT bandwagon!
When they see what we see, that he is the only staunch conservative in the GOP
race, they will know what we who believe in him know,that he is destined to be the next president of the USA.
Accept it. He has a great sense of humor, and you can bet on it,he knows
what we're thinking and what we are feeling, and he is teasing
us with his inimitable manner of coy flirtation and procrastination as if to say: love me, love me not, until the last pedal falls and he knows he has not only a good chance of winning the GOP nomination but the best chance and after that, the presidency.
Doubters, dare to open your minds and your hearts and you will see what we see: FDT is a winner! The GOP convention and the presidential election in 2008 will prove that the good and honorable Senator from Tennessee,Fred Dalton Thompson, was born for such a time as this. He will be the 44th president of this country. Our destiny demands it.

Posted by: sarah sawyer | August 6, 2007 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Bill-

Can I have whatever you're ingesting? Dick Cheney is the most hated man in America!

Posted by: claude | July 30, 2007 4:06 PM | Report abuse

The only candidate that would have my support more than Fred Thompson is if Dick Cheney himself DID run for President.

I've been wishing Cheney would run in '08 since at least 2001.

Posted by: Bill | July 29, 2007 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Ugh -- the wicked witch matalin, handmaiden to the EVil One cheney. good pick fred.

And Lynn Cheney's his advisor too.

In other words, a vote for Fred is a vote for Dick. Only lunatics will not be terrified by that.

Posted by: Drindl | July 28, 2007 3:57 PM | Report abuse

After watching him in Houston, I think he needs to apologize.

Watch and ask yourself if he is really fit to be the President... he is just more of the same of what we have already.... we need a change! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvMWGNX7HlI

see for yourself...

for fun checkout Ron Paul, he answers his questions with honesty...

and no I am not some spambot, just an average person... 44 in rural America.. not even in the tech industry... self-employeed with a small business... a typical GOPer

Posted by: Sam | July 28, 2007 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Mary Matalin couldn't find a con to satisfy her so she had to reach way across the aisle to the apparently more manly James Carville.

Posted by: Conservative Mark: Jealous? | July 27, 2007 12:12 PM | Report abuse

"most of his life shirking responsibility" - Another reason why America is the greatest country in the world. We allow folks who lack the ambition and initiative to go at least click on wikipedia and read a paragraph or two,the right to espouse their uninformed opinions. You sir, should send copious thanks to the GOP for protecting your right to do so.

"make up your friggin' mind" - The frustration is that unlike other campaigns, Fred is following the law religiously. The minute he says the words "I'm in", a lot triggers go off. He has already stated that he's made up his mind. His actions certainly indicate what that decision was. They're hiring staff like gangbusters, and have made the type of progress in two months that most other campaigns spent a year on. Lazy? Not if you look at the facts.

Posted by: Steve Smith | July 27, 2007 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Scott in Pac NW asks
"I am surprised no one has raised this point: What is Fred waiting for? More to the point, what is he scared of?

I think his foot dragging is fear, plain & simple. That can't please the "2nd coming of Reagan" crowd one bit."


I think 'fear' may overstate slightly, but the point is a valid one. Fred is coming across as a bit wishy-washy on this one. With all due respect, Atty Branch, make up your friggin' mind.

Posted by: bsimon | July 27, 2007 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I should think Matalin's support ought to be regarded as a kiss of death to any prospective presidential candidate, something to be avoided at all costs.

Posted by: J G G | July 27, 2007 8:08 AM | Report abuse

the Republicans are going to be dusted nationwide next time. Mary Matalin had best content herself with Jim's salary going forward.

Posted by: loretta | July 27, 2007 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Fred T describes himself as a simple country lawyer and that Xs him out for me. I wouldn't trust him as far as I could throw him. I voted for W twice since there were no other choices. I want to vote for a really mean guy that will conduct a real war on terror. The president has virtualy no say on social issues that count so I am supporting a mean vindictive candidate that will bring terrorists to their knees. Rudy will do it I hope. Louis

Posted by: louis | July 27, 2007 2:32 AM | Report abuse

If you depend on the MSM....(mean spirited media) for your breaking news....you are clowning around in serious territory.

If you want the truth?

Throw your TV out the window, cancel all subscriptions to the yellow rag in your town, call a few friends and discuss AMERICA, (yes, I know that is radical) and turn it up....the radio that is, turn it up and learn. There is more information on talk radio than leeches on a government program.

Now that wasn't a good metaphor, but you know what I mean.

Radio today is the PAUL REVERE we so desperately need.....

Someone to warn.

Then it is up to us to change the ugly future that the MSM, Progressives and Stupid want forced upon us.

WHAT AMERICA NEEDS IS A

STUPID TAX.

Posted by: webloafer | July 27, 2007 1:33 AM | Report abuse

The only surprise in all this shuffle is that Collamore stayed as long as he did. None of this is any news. Heck, anyone following this campaign since the beginning knew that Tom was there to do the initial set-up and that's it.

Posted by: Riley, Not O'Reilly | July 27, 2007 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Good lord, that woman is ugly! Cant Carville do any better?

Posted by: Lewis Libby | July 27, 2007 12:15 AM | Report abuse

With Mary Matalin onboard, conservatives should know to jump off. Has this woman ever succeeded at supporting anything more than her sorry, liberal choice for a husband?

The only thing she seems to relish was being made fun of on Don Imus's show. She's done nothing for Cheney or Bush to help their image or pass any legislation, but she's always there to be the conservative lap dog or target for the liberals in the media when her husband is on the air.

Please stay in Croatia and do our Party a favor!

Posted by: Conservative Mark | July 27, 2007 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Too many malcontents and muddled thinkers
re Fred Dalton Thompson are posting on this site.
FDT is easy going, yes, lazy, no.
A man doesn't get where he's been and continue going where he's destined to go by being lazy. A man doesn't win votes
as he did in Tennessee without possessing vote garnering charisma. A man doesn't
win this much support without announcing his candidacy if he didn't have political prowess, savvy, and clout. Furthermore, to even suggest that FDT would choose
Cheney as his VP at the '08 convention
is beyond ludicrous, it is boo-raising ridiculous! The previous Bush-Cheney duo is out and a new team is coming in.

FDT, as the GOP presidential nominee, will choose a VP who will complement his easy-going, personable, Reaganesque brand of leadership. America will see a "natural" assume the presidency in 2009 and before the term's conclusion will be thanking God that they followed their finer insticts and voted for the man best suited for the office at this particular
time and place in our nation's history.
They will see a reversal of the doomsday
clock, and for the first time in a long
time, be able to breathe a long sigh of
relief as a wise and diplomatic president takes over the controls of this great ship of state, steering this nation into calmer seas.

America's best is yet to come, and it will surely come when we have the right man seated in the Oval Office.
A big man who carries a big stick
can walk tall, talk softly, and stand
firmly, knowing that the power he possesses speaks loudly enough to be
heard not only nationally but internationally as well.

Thus, I will say again as I have always said, on many different blog sites, Fred Dalton Thompson, the good and honorable senator from Tennessee, will be the next president of the United States.
Our destiny demands it.

Posted by: Sarah Sawyer | July 26, 2007 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Too many malcontents and muddled thinkers
re Fred Dalton Thompson are posting on this site.
FDT is easy going, yes, lazy, no.
A man doesn't get where he's been and continue going where he's destined to go by being lazy. A man doesn't win votes
as he did in Tennessee without possessing vote garnering charisma. A man doesn't
win this much support without announcing his candidacy if he didn't have political prowess, savvy, and clout. Furthermore, to even suggest that FDT would choose
Cheney as his VP at the '08 convention
is beyond ludicrous, it is boo-raising ridiculous! The previous Bush-Cheney duo is out and a new team is coming in.

FDT, as the GOP presidential nominee, will choose a VP who will complement his easy-going, personable, Reaganesque brand of leadership. America will see a "natural" assume the presidency in 2009 and before the term's conclusion will be thanking God that they followed their finer insticts and voted for the man best suited for the office at this particular
time and place in our nation's history.
They will see a reversal of the doomsday
clock, and for the first time in a long
time, be able to breathe a long sigh of
relief as a wise and diplomatic president takes over the controls of this great ship of state, steering this nation into calmer seas.

America's best is yet to come, and it will surely come when we have the right man seated in the Oval Office.
A big man who carries a big stick
can walk tall, talk softly, and stand
firmly, knowing that the power he possesses speaks loudly enough to be
heard not only nationally but internationally as well.

Thus, I will say again as I have always said, on many different blog sites, Fred Dalton Thompson, the good and honorable senator from Tennessee, will be the next president of the United States.
Our destiny demands it.

Posted by: Sarah Sawyer | July 26, 2007 11:53 PM | Report abuse

I agree with two of Bub's key points:
(1) Fred seems like a likable guy, but the fact is that he was an undistinguished senator. In with a bang and out with a whimper.
(2) Fred's not looking very healthy at all.

I am surprised no one has raised this point: What is Fred waiting for? More to the point, what is he scared of?

I think his foot dragging is fear, plain & simple. That can't please the "2nd coming of Reagan" crowd one bit.

Reagan's wife, BTW, was the original pushy political wife. Way way before Hillary. Never saw Hillary give loud stage whispers to Bill like Mommy did for the Gipper.

Posted by: Scott in PacNW | July 26, 2007 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Fred Thompson...Coming soon, to an Election near you...

Posted by: A Rosario | July 26, 2007 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Its beginning to look like if you love Bush/Cheney you will love Fred/Cheney 08. I guess the Bush supporters are still watching too much Fox to think that a Bush clone could win an election.

Thankfully there is a real conservative that didn't just play one on t.v. This real conservative that has broad appeal is Dr. Ron Paul.

Posted by: Matt, AL | July 26, 2007 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Rich Galen will straighten out any real or perceived issues with the Fred Thompson campaign. Not to worry.

Posted by: Uncle Grunt | July 26, 2007 9:57 PM | Report abuse

This campaign is only a campaign because the candidate has not announced. Celebrity status has kept it afloat. Let's not kid ourselves. The candidate is a nice enough guy but never distinguished himself while in the Senate. He did not accomplish much of anything. In fact, he did not accomplish anything. That's fine as long as he is his own person. But he is not. His spouse runs the campaign, there is no doubt. He runs his life, too. He is whipped. Game over. The candidate does not look well. He can not help that but look closely. It it true. Folksy charm is just that. Folksy and charming. Our great Counry needs more than that. I do not know who is going to step forward and capture the attention and fully understand the needs and desires of the electorate. It is not Fred. The fact that he could not and cannot keep his spouse under control speaks volumes. Again, game over.

Posted by: Bub | July 26, 2007 9:57 PM | Report abuse

This campaign is only a campaign because the candidate has not announced. Celebrity status has kept it afloat. Let's not kid ourselves. The candidate is a nice enough guy but never distinguished himself while in the Senate. He did not accomplish much of anything. In fact, he did not accomplish anything. That's fine as long as he is his own person. But he is not. His spouse runs the campaign, there is no doubt. He runs his life, too. He is whipped. Game over. The candidate does not look well. He can not help that but look closely. It it true. Folksy charm is just that. Folksy and charming. Our great Counry needs more than that. I do not know who is going to step forward and capture the attention and fully understand the needs and desires of the electorate. It is not Fred. The fact that he could not and cannot keep his spouse under control speaks volumes. Again, game over.

Posted by: Bub | July 26, 2007 9:57 PM | Report abuse

This campaign is only a campaign because the candidate has not announced. Celebrity status has kept it afloat. Let's not kid ourselves. The candidate is a nice enough guy but never distinguished himself while in the Senate. He did not accomplish much of anything. In fact, he did not accomplish anything. That's fine as long as he is his own person. But he is not. His spouse runs the campaign, there is no doubt. He runs his life, too. He is whipped. Game over. The candidate does not look well. He can not help that but look closely. It it true. Folksy charm is just that. Folksy and charming. Our great Counry needs more than that. I do not know who is going to step forward and capture the attention and fully understand the needs and desires of the electorate. It is not Fred. The fact that he could not and cannot keep his spouse under control speaks volumes. Again, game over.

Posted by: Bub | July 26, 2007 9:57 PM | Report abuse

The religious right is out to save the Republican Party by rallying around a trial lawyer/lobbyist who is too lazy for the U.S. Senate, who has spent most of his life shirking responsibility, who has never run a business nor been a chief executive. What will the religious right get in return for their efforts? President Hillary Clinton with a rubber stamp Congress. Say goodbye to the Bush tax cuts, the Supreme Court, private sector health care, and any deterrance to our nation's enemies.

Posted by: SouthFlorida | July 26, 2007 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Fred isn't lazy or slow. He's de minimis as coined by power line.

Posted by: Imwithdeminimis | July 26, 2007 9:37 PM | Report abuse

If you want to see the real deal go check out the web site www.americansolutions.com

Posted by: solutions 08 | July 26, 2007 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Wow,

A Fred column and no Ron Paul?

It would really be interesting if James Carville joined Hillary's campaign. Carville and Matalin jointly working together in the primaries to get their candidates nominated and then squaring off in 2008 against each other. There even starting to resemble each other in appearance, that is Carville and Matalin, not Thompson and Hillary.

Posted by: DC | July 26, 2007 8:32 PM | Report abuse

JimD -

One of this morning's reviewed cases was not an employment case and thus I had not read it previously. But it has good implications for employer defendants and that is why it was discussed.

Sole v. Wyner deals with attorney's fees under Sec. 1988.

In Jan. 2003, Wyner told the Palm Beach, FL
County Park Manager that she and her minions were going to engage in a nude peace demonstration on Valentine's Day at MacArthur Beach.

County said she could demonstrate, but not in the nude. Wyner got a prelim injunction from the US District Court and held her nude demonstration without interference. Later, the Judge decided that the County won on the merits, but awarded Wyner attorney's fees as a "prevailing party" on the prelim inj.

11th Cir. sustained the award.

Supremes reversed, this year, 9-0, and reached the correct, and here pro defendant, result. The Supremes engaged in some justifiable judicial activism - changing their previous case law test of the statutory word "prevail" from "material alteration in favor of" to "material PERMANENT alteration in favor of".

Posted by: Mark in Austin | July 26, 2007 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Mark in Austin, Very interesting.... thanks.

Posted by: Truth Hunter | July 26, 2007 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Mike, I found the key quote from Reynolds for you. I do not have full access to my research materials because I am in Santa Fe
where we just finished the first day of seminars. Back to that later.

from:
REYNOLDS v. U.S., 98 U.S. 145 (1878)

October Term, 1878

"'Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God; that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship; that the legislative powers of the government reach actions only, and not opinions,-I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between church and State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore man to all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.' Coming as this does from an acknowledged leader of the advocates of the measure, it may be accepted almost as an authoritative declaration of the scope and effect of the amendment thus secured. Congress was deprived of all legislative power over mere opinion, but was left free to reach actions which were in violation of social duties or subversive of good order."
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Thus Jefferson's letter was used to protect the state from the church by calling polygamy "conduct", not "belief".
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The Everson point I was most trying to make was that it was secularists who brought the case saying their taxes should not be used to bus catholic school kids, and the secularists LOST because a scheme that bussed all kids in the district on taxpayer money did not establish a religion.
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I saw that you cited another secondary source that quoted Jefferson's position on state's rights. In 1808, the Bill of Rights had not been imposed on the states - thus many states allowed slavery. The Civil War and the three Amendments that followed it freed the slaves by imposing the Bill of Rights upon the states; although this was the subject of Court cases for years, the intent was clear. As was the intent to make their babies and the babies of the coolies working on the railroad into citizens, also.
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The last topic of today's employment law seminar was recent developments in the dos- and-donts of religion in the workplace. This is a rapidly developing area. I was astonished by a few cases, although most made sense to me. The ones that astonished me would have angered you, I suspect: they come from lower federal courts, not the Supremes.

Remember, I am looking at these cases in order to advise employer clients whether they can curtail religious activities at work, or enforce dress codes, or demand employees work on their holidays, or deal with a hundred other questions that involve religion. And every case is different.

Posted by: Mark in Austin | July 26, 2007 7:52 PM | Report abuse

what we need is a law and order president like fred thompson who knows how to act the part

Posted by: ltc | July 26, 2007 7:24 PM | Report abuse

"Like any terrorist organization, al-Qaeda wants attention. It wants to be perceived as powerful. And it particularly wants Americans to live in fear.

Could al-Qaeda possibly have found a better publicist than President Bush?"


Do i need to give my two cents on this topic?

Posted by: rufus1133 | July 26, 2007 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Without a doubt, pushy wives can hurt their politico husbands.... and usually those husbands are clueless about how their wives are received.

Look at Kerry, Clinton, Cheney (Lynn learned, however),even Edwards wife Elizabeth could overplay the situation... and now whispers about Thompson's wife Jeri.

I'm not sure about "pushy" husbands. Bill is in uncharted waters and with his finely-tuned political instincts probably knows better

Fred loves Jeri, she is evidently a workhorse with his best interests at heart... so he thinks fine, let her do her thing.

Perhaps this really says more about the state of Fred's work ethic and enthusiasm for the job than anything else. The oft repeated charge is that he is, well.... lazy.

Even I knew last week that his delay in announcing was costing him supporters who are anxious to join the fight.

When the curtain closes, it's the candidate that must have persuaded, not his or her spouse.

http://whathappenedtomycountry.blogspot.com

Posted by: Truth Hunter | July 26, 2007 7:18 PM | Report abuse

rufuses, call us dudes!

We're always just a phone call away - 1-800-905-4675 (Eastern) and 1-866-496-8838 (Pacific)

Posted by: Elias | July 26, 2007 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Rufus -- I'm not just wishing. I don't support Rudy.

But I do think that in a 1 on 1 debate against Hillary, Rudy will carry the day.

Could Obama beat Rudy? I don't know.

He is, after all, "America's Mayor" ;)


http://ConservativeStandards.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Mike | July 26, 2007 6:38 PM | Report abuse

" Bush's legacy may be lots of things, but budgetary constraint is not going to be one of them. File this under the "I'll believe it when I see it" category."

I think the point of the article is that NOW he is threating to veto. Now that the gop is no longer in control now he's starting to use it and threaten. CAN say I blame him though. That was CAN for the propogandist facsits on this site

Posted by: rufus | July 26, 2007 6:30 PM | Report abuse

RE: when social cons attack, @ July 26, 2007 05:53 PM

Point of order: Iowa is NOT the Cornhusker state. That's Nebraska.

"In one automated call, Brownback attacks Romney, accusing him of pledging 'to support and uphold pro-abortion policies' and 'life destructive embryonic stem cell research.' The call singles out Romney's wife, Ann, as a contributor to Planned Parenthood."

What concrete evidence does Brownback have to accuse Romney (and his wife) of that? Or is it grasping at straws out of desperation?

For those who think ol' Fred is the conservative savior, have a look at his record as a trial lawyer. You think Edwards is a hypocrite? Take a look at this: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/25/AR2007072502329.html

Posted by: Peeves | July 26, 2007 6:29 PM | Report abuse

"what you say about Rudy's inevitable nomination is true, there is plenty of reason to believe the Democrats will lose again in 2008. "

tALK about out of touck. Stop watching Fox Mike. They're rotting your brain. Cow FOlk these days. Just because you wish it to be true doesn't mean it will happen. Do you beleive in fairies too? I wish the niners are going to win the superbowl but I don't see it happening buddy

Posted by: rufus | July 26, 2007 6:27 PM | Report abuse

I've been blogging that I've not quite seen the substance I need from Fred, to jump on that red truck yet. However, if Mary Matalin is in, then that's it ... I'm jumpin' on the Red Truck! To all you Fraidy cats, just call me a "FreddyCat".
-Joy from Los Angeles

Posted by: Joys2Cents | July 26, 2007 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Chris, Florida trumps South Carolina. Our primary is set for January 29, 2008 and with early voting we will start elections about January 14, 2008. So I beleive it is Iowa, and then either New Hampshire or Florida second.

Posted by: Florida Guy | July 26, 2007 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Dena -- Excellent point.

We should all be weary of an Immigration Bill that passes 71 to 1 (with McCain and Obama sitting out).

Surely there is some element of the bill that will ensure its failure. Especially if Ted, Hillary, Gramnesty, et. al. voted for it.

Proud to Be -- if what you say about Rudy's inevitable nomination is true, there is plenty of reason to believe the Democrats will lose again in 2008.

Especially if the all-star Harry-Chuck-Nansy team keeps up the less-than-stellar job they're doing.

Quick Comparison For Everyone.

1 out of 6 = 16.6%

8 out of 18 = 44.4%

Harry-Chuck-Nansy have made progress on 16.6% of their benchmarks.

The War in Iraq has seen progress on 44.4% of its benchmarks.

And the 14% approval rating Democrat Congress is demanding withdrawal.

Ought we hold them to their same standards and demand their withdrawal from politics, forever...

http://ConservativeStandards.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Mike | July 26, 2007 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Republicans had better pray that Fred gets the nomination because true conservatives are ready to let the GOP go up in flames if one of there liberials get it. We conservatives are sick as h--- of not being able to tell the difference between a Republican and a Dem. After this failed President the GOP had better get serious in '08 or they will be cooloing their heels for the next eight years. After all if Republicans(Graham,Lott,Voinovich,Snow,Rudi,etc.) want to act like Dems. then what does it matter who wins in'08?

Posted by: Pompey | July 26, 2007 6:07 PM | Report abuse

The GOp Jihadists?
"President Bush has threatened to veto seven appropriations bills because together they would exceed his discretionary spending limit by more than $20 billion."

In order to effectively threaten, you need to actually follow through on more than 2 occasions in 6+ years. Bush's legacy may be lots of things, but budgetary constraint is not going to be one of them. File this under the "I'll believe it when I see it" category.

Posted by: Dave! | July 26, 2007 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Thompson is nothing more or less than a Cheney clone, the most unpopular & corrupt VP in US history.
Anyone who trusts a guy that speaks from the corner of his mouth needs a wake-up call. Once Thompson's trial lawyer & lobbyist history get exposed, you'll do a double-take and conclude its' the same old Bush gang with a celebrity make-up job.
How stupid & enept do you think we voters are?

Posted by: Rick Rawhide | July 26, 2007 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile over in the Corn Husker state...

Sen. Sam Brownback is attacking his rivals on abortion in the hopes of scoring an upset victory in the Iowa's straw poll a week from Saturday.

In one automated call, Brownback attacks Romney, accusing him of pledging "to support and uphold pro-abortion policies" and "life destructive embryonic stem cell research." The call singles out Romney's wife, Ann, as a contributor to Planned Parenthood.

Posted by: when social cons attack | July 26, 2007 5:53 PM | Report abuse

proudtobeGOP writes
"An unusually effective minority!"

Strange how they've suddenly come to love the filibuster. I hear they're on pace to double the record number of filibusters for a session.

Posted by: bsimon | July 26, 2007 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Fred Thompson is not my candidate, but his wife has REAL cleavage. For shame, Hillary.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 26, 2007 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Every time the Jeri non campaign gets negative press they push back the formal announcement. Now it's October.

Posted by: October | July 26, 2007 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I like Fred on TV. He should have stayed there. I noted a prior reference to the Emergency Immigration Bill - PLEASE! this bill was nothing more than a good sound bite! Sounds like they're actually going to protect the border doesn't it? From my reading, all they're doing is getting more money to force passage of the Amnesty bill next year! But hey, they can all say they voted for the Emergency Immigration Bill! Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice...

Posted by: Dena | July 26, 2007 5:32 PM | Report abuse

"is there any poster out there that percieves a gap for social conservatives among the current field?"

Mike- I don't percieve a gap, but apparently many do from the sound of things. although maybe lots of folks are just in the wait-and-see period right now.

The problem is, John (or as someone else called him "Juan") McCain is truly a social conservative...always has been. But he doesn't run on that platform, and he's percieved as a liberal on other important issues, so the social cons hate him.

Romney's a flip-flopper and is trying to court the social con vote, but I think Fred will pull votes from him mostly, now that McCain is relegated to 2nd tier.

I agree with what JimD said the other day; Guiliani could come away the winner if Fred and Mitt split the social con vote. Fine with me.

I'm socially moderate, and am quite tired of the social cons running the agenda. Now that we have Alito and Roberts, we should be happy...that's is one of the best if not THE best legacy of GWB.

Thanks to our dem majority in Congress and their lackluster performance thus far, '08 is looking better and better all the time!

Consider: Of the "six for '06" bills touted by House Democrats, only one has
become law. And that one, which raises the minimum wage, passed not on its own, but only because it was tacked onto the Iraq funding bill.

And Rs have an inadvertent ally on Iraq--Reid, as maladroit a Senate leader as we've seen in years.

"A reflection of Democratic disarray occurred last week after Democratic senator Ken Salazar of Colorado proposed an amendment to the higher education bill opposing a Libby pardon. It needed 60 votes to pass, but it got only 47. Forty-nine senators voted against it.

McConnell was ready with a stinging response: an amendment attacking President Clinton for his pardons as he left office in 2001, including at least one linked to his wife, New York senator Hillary Clinton.

Before the clerk could read the McConnell amendment, Senator Chuck Schumer, her New York colleague, spoke to Clinton and she hastily left the Senate floor.

After the reading, Reid halted proceedings for a quorum call, returning 15 minutes later with a deal. He'd "vitiate" the Libby vote, invoking a rare procedure to erase a roll call vote from Senate records, in exchange for McConnell's agreement to withdraw his amendment.

McConnell agreed, and the vote was expunged, but not before Reid and Democrats were embarrassed one more time."

http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/013/906hmois.asp?pg=2

An unusually effective minority!

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | July 26, 2007 5:14 PM | Report abuse

C. Porter is most likely right.

Fred is doing spectacular as a non-candidate. There are 8 "2nd tier" candidates (including Amnesty/Traitor McCain) who would LOVE to be doing as well as Fred.

Why get in now?

Speaking of McCain, he and Obama were the only Senators (running for President) who abstained from today's emergency border security bill.

Even Hillary voted for it.

Kind of makes you wonder -- What kind of President would McCain or Obama be?

http://conservativestandards.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Mike | July 26, 2007 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Fred is probably doing the right thing by waiting until the time is right before becoming an official candidate. We supporters of him shouldn't try to force him, or he will stay away from the race.

Posted by: C. Porter | July 26, 2007 4:47 PM | Report abuse

"nihilists"

Meaning the gop believes in NOTHING. I don't go that far, do I. I just say you are traiors because you choose money/slef/party over country

Posted by: rufus1133 | July 26, 2007 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't be the first time the gop shut the government down because they didn't get their way. Elementary school fascsits :)

"Democrats Say GOP Complaint of Spending 'Shutdown' Strategy Doesn't Add Up
By Bart Jansen and Alan K. Ota, CQ Staff
Republicans are uttering a word that for 12 years has been utterly unspeakable.

Shutdown.

It's a word that can send shudders through those who saw the last one -- actually, two -- play out after Republicans took control of Congress in 1995. The Newt Gingrich-Bill Clinton standoff was so traumatic that since then, neither party has ventured anywhere in that direction.

This year's appropriations tug-of-war between a new majority in Congress and a president of the opposing party does not appear to be headed for a government shutdown, but a rhetorical taboo was lifted when the word became part of the partisan message of the moment.

"The obvious plan of the Democrats is to not do appropriations bills but put everything together in a giant omnibus appropriations bill in a kind of legislative blackmail with all of the policy and increased spending, to in effect threaten the president to either sign the bill or be accused of shutting down the government," Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the chairman of the Republican Conference, said Wednesday.

President Bush has threatened to veto seven appropriations bills because together they would exceed his discretionary spending limit by more than $20 billion.

Congressional veterans are certain the two sides are headed for a whopper of a fight over a catchall, omnibus appropriations bill.

Democratic leaders insist, however, that they really want separate bills to pass and that they prefer to avoid an omnibus.

"That is not our intention at all," said Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill. "If they want to cooperate with us and bring the bills to the floor, we have six or seven bills that have cleared committee. We're ready to move."

In predicting a replay of the last government shutdown, Republicans have cast Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in the role of Gingrich (1979-99), who in 1995 was in his first year as Speaker.

Gingrich and other GOP leaders tried to hold the line on fiscal 1996 spending bills, triggering a shutdown in November 1995, when a stopgap government funding bill (PL 104-31) expired. A second government shutdown followed in December 1995, when another stopgap bill (PL 104-56) expired.

Pelosi said in an interview Wednesday that she saw few parallels with the current situation. She acknowledged that an omnibus spending bill might occur, but she insisted that it would be written to attract broad support.

"There's a poverty of ideas on the part of Republicans," she said. "It's stunning. They keep coming up with charges all the time, based on nothing."

She and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., are to meet next week with Bush to discuss appropriations.

A shutdown showdown would hinge in large part on whether the White House thinks congressional Republicans can sustain vetoes of spending bills. That, in turn, would depend in large part on whether the omnibus contains a tax increase -- opposed by moderates in both parties -- and whether it pares back overall spending to a smaller, more digestible number.

"If the spending in the omnibus is cut back from where it is in the individual bills, it will not be so hard to vote 'yes.' But that's a big if," said Rep. Robin Hayes of North Carolina, one of 53 Republicans who defected and support the fiscal 2008 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill (HR 3043).

"If they raise taxes to pay for it, Republicans will vote 'no,' " Hayes said.

Former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., said he believed that a settlement was possible to avert a government shutdown at a time of war.

"It's too early to predict a shutdown like 1995," Hastert said. "Democrats know the president can't shut down the government in the middle of a war. They shouldn't be pushing him to the wall."

The House expects to complete all of its fiscal 2008 appropriations bills before the August recess. But the Senate aims to complete only two of its spending bills by then: Homeland Security (HR 2638) and Military Construction-VA (HR 2642).

Reid scoffed at Republicans who say they are worried about the pace of appropriations work in the Senate.

"Maybe they should have thought of that before my filing 45 cloture petitions, where they've rejected everything we've done," Reid said. "We're going to work through these appropriations bills as fast as we can."

And while Democrats rebuff Republicans and their accusations of shutdown politics, the majority is throwing some brickbats of its own.

"They've been stalling,'' said John W. Olver, D-Mass., chairman of the House Transportation-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee. "They are nihilists. They are jihadists."

Posted by: The GOp Jihadists? | July 26, 2007 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Fred is the boy next door that the other kids have not met yet. They see him in his yard but he has not come out to play. It's driving them nuts so they make up stuff or make his dog into a wolf.

When he comes out to play they will all love him except a few weirdo's who still think his dog is a wolf.

Whether Jeri knows how to please gossips and sour mouths has nothing to do with nothing.

Don Jones
MyManFred.com

Posted by: Don Jones | July 26, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Does any poster out there honestly see Fred Thompson as the 2nd coming of Reagan?

Or, at least, is there any poster out there that percieves a gap for social conservatives among the current field?


http://conservativestandards.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Mike | July 26, 2007 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Gurvinder Singh of Indus Teleservices, Mumbai, India will be assuming the office of President as of August 1, 2007.

Mr. Singh was born in the United States while his Indian parents were vacationing at Niagara Falls, thus making him eligible for the position. He will receive a salary of $320 (USD) a month but with no health coverage or other benefits.

It is believed that Mr. Singh will be able to handle his job responsibilities without a support staff. Due to the time difference between the US and India, he will be working primarily at night, when few offices ofthe US Government will be open. "Working nights will allow me to keep my day job at the Dell Computer call center," stated Mr. Singh in an exclusive interview. "I am excited about this position. I always hoped I would be President of the U.S." A Congressional spokesperson noted that while Mr. Singh may not be fully aware of all the issues involved in the office of President, this should not be a problem as President Bush was not familiar with the issues either.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 26, 2007 3:40 PM | Report abuse

wow, there's someone who will really pull in the undecided votes if Droopy Dawg gets the nomination -- a confidante of Dick Cheney.

Posted by: Loudoun Voter | July 26, 2007 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Thompson's candidacy is aimed at filling a perceived void among the current top tier when it comes to a voice for social conservatives. As long as these voters still see Fred as their guy, the chatter inside the Beltway is much ado about nothing. If, however, the story starts to bleed out into larger questions of whether he and his campaign are up to the task, it's much more problematic.

thats pretty much it in a nutshell cc. someone had posted in another thread that fred only raised 3 mil and has yet to still announce. with his wife turning out to be the conservative answer to hillary.(controlling,dominering,how come she's not running for anything other than head waitress at hooters?)and him turning out to be a empty suit. this could be no more than beltway navel gazing.

but on the other hand, i have a sneaking suspicion that ol fred might be a stalking horse for someone.newt?jeb?cheney? someone on another site theorized that, he's only running(or not running) just to suck air out of a potental al gore electoral campagin.

well anyways thats my 2 cents

Posted by: spartan | July 26, 2007 3:07 PM | Report abuse

With Matalin in his camp, surely Thompson is a shoo-in.

Posted by: bsimon | July 26, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Cheney rendered Matalin to Croatia?
Does Carville know?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 26, 2007 2:48 PM | Report abuse

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