An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

May 20, 2007

Will He, or Won’t He?

Filed under: 2008 — olbroad @ 10:58

Thompson steals show from stage right
Noncandidate’s strategy works … for now

Talk directly to conservative voters by making extensive use of blogs, podcasts and the other tools of the new online political landscape.

Make regular public speeches in key locations to friendly audiences, and take no questions so the message is what you say in the address.

Schedule your appearances to coincide with events involving the 10 declared Republican presidential candidates.

These are three key elements of former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson’s pre-announcement campaign strategy. While the effort appears to be working, it may soon be coming to an end.

I sure hope it comes to an end soon. It’s time to declare! Dammit! 🙂

The high point of Thompson’s stealth campaign may have occurred last week when he scored points with conservatives for his clever online response in a dispute with controversial filmmaker Michael Moore.

I don’t think it was the “high point”. There are many things he has said in his columns that made a bigger splash. However, it was the funniest, so far. (See here.)

Within minutes, links to the video had raced around the country’s political blogs, evoking paroxysms of glee from conservatives that Thompson had stuck it to one of their most hated rivals. The video drew 598,600 viewers on three prominent online video sites at the same time the GOP candidates were having their second debate in South Carolina. That’s over 30 times more viewers than the hottest video clips from the debate drew, according to an analysis by New Media Strategies.

I wouldn’t say Moore is one of our most “hated rivals”. I just find him revolting, mentally.  I don’t have much use for anyone who apparently hate his own country as much as Moore does.

Today, Thompson goes back to the in-person strategy.He is scheduled to deliver a speech to some of the 73,000 people expected at the National Restaurant Association show in Chicago, telling them how he rose from small-town Tennessee lawyer to Watergate prosecutor, to actor to senator, and back to actor.

I sure wish he’d make a few Tennessee appearances.

As in California, Thompson will not take questions at his speech today. And his representatives asked the restaurant association that there be no audio or video recording.

Well, since the one question that would be asked (Will you declare your candidacy?) isn’t one he’s ready to answer, I can’t say I blame him. But it sure is a question I’d like answered very soon.

Negative comments about a Thompson bid have begun. Some have criticized his recent speeches and his refusal to answer questions. Thompson declined to comment for this story.

I don’t think I’ve actually seen any negativity, just impatience. We are ready Fred, let’s get it going!


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