A (short) day in the life of the Thompson campaign: The Swamp
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Posted December 6, 2007 4:50 PM
The Swamp

by Andrew Malcolm

Now that we're coming down to the last few precious days in the high-pressured presidential primary race to lead the country and the free world, former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee is ramping up his campaign schedule. After all, he's got seven other hard-working Republican campaigners hard on his tail.

This morning, according to the e-mailed schedule from Thompson's press office, Fred would begin his campaign day bright and early at 8:15 a.m. EST with a telephone interview with Andy Peterson on WMT in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He'd follow that 25 minutes later with an interview on AM Tampa Bay on WFLA and then at 10:40 he'd be interviewed on WHO in Des Moines.

By 11 a.m., he would be done with that.

And that's it for the campaign day.

Andrew Malcolm writes for Top of the Ticket, the L.A. Times' political blog.

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The above column is the best reason I've yet seen to vote for Thompson.

Here's the latest video from the Thompson (sub machine gun) campaign;


Hmmmm. Guess you forgot the Live Interview with John Gibson on Fox News Fred had tonight at 5:20 p.m., and making statements to respond to two new endorsements from Wisconsin and South Carolina Right to Life.

That's NOT his whole schedule, just the portion of it he chose to disclose to the press. He was also on The Big Show on FOX this evening.

Hmmmm. I guess you forgot that Fred was on Fox News with John Gibson today at 5:20 p.m., and that he issued statements in response to his two new endorsements today from Wisconsin and South Carolina Right to Life.

I guess you figure "what we don't know won't hurt us."

By 11AM, it's time for some hot soup, a prune juice chaser and a nice 3 hour nap.

"The above column is the best reason I've yet seen to vote for Thompson."
Posted by: Bruce | December 6, 2007 5:23 PM

At least you're honest, Bruce. Have you considered that that kind of leader selection is why this country is so much trouble? One thing about Republicans, they like their vacations, naps, and early bedtimes.

I honestly believe he doesn't have it in him to be a President, and I don't actually think he wants to be President all that bad. This is just something he's trying, like acting on Law & Order. He'd be a horrible President if he won.

They Said It: Thompson Social Security Plan Applauded as ‘Courageous,’ ‘Honest,’ and ‘Substantive’

Courage & Honesty

Republican presidential contender Fred Thompson’s plan to save Social Security and protect seniors, which he introduced Friday afternoon in a Washington, D.C., hotel, differs starkly from standard election year pablum on the subject in one key way: He’s actually treating voters like adults. (ABC, 11/9)

Thompson...is seeking to show he is willing to take on tough issues if elected in November 2008, telling a news conference in Washington he was the only candidate to offer an extensive Social Security plan. (Reuters, 11/10)

“You certainly have to admire his courage for putting this out,” said Alan Viard with the American Enterprise Institute. (Tennessean, 11/10)

Supporters contend that Thompson’s willingness to take on the so-called third rail of politics will impress voters. (Bloomberg, 11/10)

Conservative economic experts applauded Thompson for offering specifics on an issue considered to be politically dangerous. (Tennessean, 11/10)

“He’s not afraid to be brutally honest with the American people about the challenges that lie ahead,” said Representative Zach Wamp, a Tennessee Republican who is working to recruit supporters for Thompson. “People can tell the difference between a strong leader telling the truth and a weak leader talking politics.” (Bloomberg, 11/10)


[Thompson is] the first candidate of either party to offer a detailed proposal to fix the nation’s retirement system. (WP, 11/10)

The Republican candidate laid out a detailed, four-page proposal (WSJ, 11/10)

Mr. Thompson’s plan...was more specific than what the Bush White House put on the table when it sought to overhaul the system. It also varied substantially from the traditional conservative approach of focusing primarily on personal investment accounts. (NYT, 11/10)

Economist Jason Furman said Thompson deserves credit for offering a detailed plan to address the projected Social Security shortfall...(Bloomberg, 11/10)

In discussing policy, Thompson was in his element. (Politico, 11/9)

He’d prefer to talk about substance. (Politico, 11/9)

Thompson’s plan draws on ideas favored by conservatives: a reduction in benefits, rather than an increase in payroll taxes; and a shift toward private accounts, rather than government-provided payments. (WP, 11/10)


[Thompson] ventured Friday into an area few rivals have tread: advocacy of a fundamental overhaul of Social Security. (WSJ, 11/10)

Although all of the presidential candidates have spoken, when asked, about the need to fix the Social Security system, none has offered such a detailed plan nor talked so eagerly and often about the issue. (WSJ, 11/10)

Among Republicans, former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney have talked in general terms ... but none has offered a specific plan. (WP, 11/10)

Mr. Thompson is the only one of the Republicans running for the White House who has made Social Security a central theme of his campaign. (NYT, 11/10)

He is the only presidential candidate so far to make Social Security an anchor of his campaign. (WSJ, 11/10)

But with less than two months before the 2008 voting begins, candidates have generally been reluctant to confront the Social Security issue. (WP, 11/10)


Saving and Protecting Social Security
A Plan to Ensure Retirement Security for All Americans

So the appearance Thompson made on FNC's "The Big Story" with John Gibson that I watched today didn't happen because it wasn't on the official press schedule?

My bet would be that you missed this item also:

"A review of the two-week period from Nov. 4-17 by Gannett News Service shows Thompson held 28 campaign events, making him No. 2 among the four major GOP candidates. Sen. John McCain of Arizona topped the list at 35. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney held 22 and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, 20." - The Tennessean, Nov. 24, 2007.

Nice job of perpetuating the "lazy Fred" myth despite evidence to the contrary. Rush was right. The drive-by media persists in its leftist agenda, pesky facts notwithstanding.

Are you on the campaign trail with him? I doubt it. Why don't you quit the jabs and do some research. You will find he has a very busy schedule and is bouncing all over the country.

LOL. After Mr. Malcolm penned this silly little screed, his day was over as well. He was too lazy to bother with obtaining the rest of Fred's schedule for the day.

The Lazy Lable is really quite funny... but it's the only thing that really sticks because you don't need anything to back it up... nobody is saying anything bad about the more than half dozen policy sheets he has on his Website... DETAILED... about Social Security... Immigration Reform and Social Security... Bolstering the Military... A tax reform and economic growth plan and issues pertaining to life and marriage... no... it much easier to just say "he's lazy"... and just in the past couple weeks... the lazy man has been in New York, South Caroline, Iowa, Florida, New Hampshire, Arizoan and California that I know of) and he's appear on Meet The Press with Russert... Fox News Live with Wallace... Larry King... Wolf Blitzer... Charlie Rose and Gibson today... if Thompson's lazy... I'm a corpse!

But the other candidates are making big headline... while they play tit-for-tat over who cut their grass... what they said in Kindergarten and who their favorite action hero is. All very important issues to the future of America (not)

I honestly expected better from a former Pulitzer finalist. Certainly, it doesn't take much effort to find Fred's schedule or is Mr. Malcolm just too biased to care?

It is most apparent to me that it is the writer of the mini-article [above] on Fred, who doesn't work at all, he quit before Fred had gotten started for his long day of appearances!
If anyone of you doubters could pack into your day, just the writing alone that Fred does, you might be a winner--but you'd never meet his standard of work ethic-- few can do so!

Your column is just one more of the thousands written each day to attempt to derail Thompson's campaign.....Could it be because you and your liberal media buddies are scared to death of this man?
You only give bad press to men who oppose your liberal agenda!

For all yoru hard-core Republicans bashing the liberal media, don't you cave-dwellers realize that Fred is in the GOP primary and is not his party's nominee yet? In short, everyone who can vote for (or against) Fred for the next 12 months or so already hates the liberal media and doesn't believe a word of it, so how could the Anti-Fred liberal media impact the way GOP voters select their candidate? Isn't being smeared by the MSM a badge of honor amongst GOP politicians? Won't these attacks by elitist liberals only make Fred MORE popular among GOP primary voters?
Conservatives and logic... always a tenuous relationship at best. Goodnight, Grandpa Fred, you can't even get 20% of Republicans to support you!

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