It would be shocking if Thompson’s numbers didn’t go up in the week he anounced. If you look at Rudy’s numbers(depending on the poll at issue) after the time he indicated in January that he was serious about running( he never “announced”) we went up more than 10 pts. For example we went from 31% to a sky high 44% in Gallup on 3/2/07. There is huge volitility nationally and the scant state polling out this week shows less movement(e.g. LAT/ Bloomberg). So maybe he’s improved his standing and maybe not but we won’t know for a month or so. (Much more important number: that October 15 fundraising figure.)
Aside from a pleasing personality I’m not seeing Thompson’s strengths yet but there is time and it isn’t too late to gin up some good policy ideas, polish the verbal skills, and hire significant staff in key states once he figures out his electoral strategy (after visiting Iowa and NH they now have “low expectations” there, according to his campaign). One last thought: Thompson visiting Florida on Rosh Hashana not so smart, nu?
UPDATE: This description of a Thompson stop in Iowa is quite vivid:
“Thompson’s performance drew mixed reviews. Laconic by nature, and intent on proving his disdain for the mundane exertions of public life, he seemed half-asleep at times. Ambling onto the stage, he spoke in deep, almost mournful tones about terrorism, profligate spending and bureaucracy; about his Tennessee roots and his ‘core values.’ Then he ambled to the bus.”
Call me silly but I think “sleepy” is not a good adjective for a president. I jest, but this hysterical satire could only be written about one candidate.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?