Fred Thompson: Done Before He Started?

Fred Thompson: Done Before He Started?


From the sounds of it, he should have announced his intentions already because this “will he, won’t he” strategy isn’t bringing in the bucks.

From Politico…

Fred Thompson plans to announce Tuesday that his committee to test the waters for a Republican presidential campaign raised slightly more than $3 million in June, substantially less than some backers had hoped, according to Republican sources. […]

But many Republicans have turned queasy as Thompson has ousted part of his original brain trust and repeatedly delayed his official announcement, which is now planned for shortly after Labor Day, in the first two weeks of September.

Some are already saying a prospective Thompson run is a flop. “I just don’t see it anymore,” said a key Republican who had been extremely enthusiastic about a Thompson candidacy.

“That number is really underwhelming. There were indications it could be double that. They’ve been saying that people were waiting for Fred, and the money was going to pour in. He looks like he’s already losing momentum.”

But who knows…maybe he’s running for VP?

  • Dan Toler

    As a strong supporter of Fred Thompson (and member of his website), I feel I speak for many “Fredheads” when I say that I am planning to donate, but am waiting to do so until he declares his candidacy. Maybe I’m wrong, but expect a surge of donations when he declares.

    Also, this $3 million figure does not include July’s fundraising, which is the period during which he held most of his more expensive fundraisers.

  • Joshua Fox

    This is nonsense, Fred Thompson will declare in September when people are actually paying attention. Only political junkies are really following this story. Millions of Americans are on vacation right now and dont even know Fred Thompson yet. They do know Hillary and are divided on her.

    He has as much experience as her, serving 8 years in the U.S senate and serving as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Enterprise. He is a lawyer who actually passed his bar exam the first time, unlike Hillary who failed. He is far more than a tv actor and he has a conservative voting record. He is a self made man, Hillary is famous for being married to a former president and winning a senate seat in a overwhelmingly democratic state.

  • Dana

    @ Joshua Fox

    You say he’s a member of the CFR like it’s a good thing? Anyone who is a CFR member cannot be trusted because his oath is in that organization, not with the United States and the Constitution.

    How is he conservative again?
    ~Fred Thompson was a lobbyist for an abortion right’s group. He has since denied it but the group has said they met on numerous occasions (that’s not conservative).
    ~He supported the McCain-Feingold legislation that has restricted free speech 30 days prior to a primary and 60 days prior to a general election.
    ~He has voted to increase the size of the Federal Government (that’s not conservative).
    ~He voted to enlarge NATO to include Eastern Europe (that’s not conservative).
    ~One of the biggest problems I have with Fred is that he made a commercial for Citizen United that tried to link Saddam to the attacks on 9-11. He was advocating war on a country that never attacked us on 9-11.
    This was the script from the commercial.
    “FRED THOMPSON, ACTOR: With all the criticism of our president’s policy on Iraq lately, Americans might ask, What should we do with the inevitable prospect of nuclear weapons in the hands of a murderous and aggressive enemy? Can we afford to appease Saddam, kick the can down the road? Thank goodness we have a president with the courage to protect our country. And when people ask what has Saddam done to us, I ask, what had the 9/11 hijackers done to us — before 9/11?”

    So please stop using the word conservative to describe him. If you like him fine, I would do a little research personally, but please do not use conservative because he’s nothing of the sort! He is no different than Hillary Clinton in my opinion. Bill Clinton was a CFR member by the way.

  • Amwidkle

    The whole Fred Thompson story is a red herring. The only true conservative in the 2008 presidential race is Ron Paul. The front-runners in both parties are just variations on a theme of Neo-conservatism.

    Don’t believe me?

    Voted for Iraq War (2002 resolution) – Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, John McCain, Fred Thompson.

    Support Iraq War (funding and/or public statements) – Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Barack Obama, John McCain, Fred Thompson, Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney (aka ALL THE FRONT-RUNNERS).

    Supported/Supports USA Patriot Act (votes and/or public statements) – Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, John McCain, Fred Thompson, Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney.

    Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich are the only presidential candidates who have consistently voted against these two benchmarks of neo-conservatism. WAKE UP AMERICA.

  • somebody

    I’m amazed people would actually consider Fred Thompson. I have a feeling they are looking at him because he hasn’t really opened up his mouth yet and all the other front tier candidates are a letdown. But whenever he does the results are pretty disastrous. He’s already being called on for lack of substance, and despite all his talk about federalism he has little to back that up with. It’s like people desperately want to believe that he’s the next Reagan.

  • http://donkephant consiberal

    Early September would let NBC finish its summer reruns of Las and Order before Thompson declares. Under Campaign Finance Reform, the network will have to take him off of the air once he’s a candidate.

    Seems like if he were really serious about the presidency, he would put the campaign ahead of his residuals…

  • FredP

    re: CFR membership

    William F. Buckley is a member of the CFR. Would anyone say that he is not a conservative? The CFR is NOT one of my favorite organizations; the New York Times is NOT one of my favorite publications. But there are many conservatives who are members of the CFR and many who read the NY Times. Associating with a non-conservative institution does not disqualify one from being a conservative.

    Let’s get over the guilt by association.

  • Dana


    I am not saying that there aren’t “conservatives” in the CFR. I assume you really mean neo-conservatives. The CFR is bad because of the ideas they wish to implement in America like a North American Union.

    If you decide to join an organization that is trying to take away the sovereignty of the US, then yes you are guilty by association. Anyone who is given an invitation should just type CFR into google to see what they are getting themselves into.