Thompson doesn’t have a category picture yet since he’s not a candidate or even a would-be candidate at this point. However, that may soon change:
The latest USA Today/Gallup poll, conducted Friday through Sunday, on the presidential race is out, and it’s a humdinger. It’s hard to say what the headline even is. Here are a few tries, though:
* Romney’s support drops to within the margin of error of not existing (that’s 3% support in a poll where the margin of error is 3%).
* Giuliani’s support drops 13 percentage points since the last USA Today/Gallup poll, March 2-4 (that’s gotta hurt).
* Fred Thompson (not running, by the way) is now the No. 3 in the GOP field, at 12%.
Ultimately, however, I’ll go with the headline I’ve chosen above: “Thompson Takes Bites Out of Giuliani, Romney.” While the usual caveats apply about the ridiculous earliness of all of these polls â€” and, now, the fact that voters know precisely zero about Fred Thompson past what they know of him from “Law & Order” â€” this is a clear data point on the question of just who is hurt by a Thompson candidacy.
And that is, as I predicted, Mitt Romney (who dropped from 8% to 3% when Thompson was added to the poll), and as I did not in any way predict, Rudy Giuliani, who, again, lost 13 percentage points.
He’s the Al Gore of the right, except for the fact that Thompson isn’t a schmuck.
Then there’s this report from Hot Air:
Close friends of Fred Thompson say his wife Jeri is urging him to take the plunge later this year and run for the Republican presidential nomination.
The former senator from Tennessee and current actor on â€œLaw & Order,â€ in private conversation, makes it clear that he is seriously interested in launching a candidacy that has attracted extraordinary attention over the last two weeks. However, he does not plan to announce his candidacy in the immediate future.
That’s a good person to have on your side if you want Thompson to run. Without the wife, this would go nowhere.
And finally, this story from WorldNetDaily:
There’s no shortage of candidates running â€“ or talking about running â€“ for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.
It would seem there is something for everyone.
Yet, when former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee casually mentioned he “might” be interested in throwing his hat into the ring this summer, it seemed to rekindle hope under Republicans ever-seeking the next Ronald Reagan.
The Internet especially is abuzz with new political excitement.
A movement to draft Thompson got started. Or, more precisely, several such movements got started.
There is a tremendous groundswell of support for Thompson, and rightly so. Rudy McRomney is a bad mix of weak Republicanism wrapped up in social liberalism backed by a conservative who, as little as a few years ago, argued for liberal social policy like he was doing so to save his life (or get elected in Massachusetts).
Either way, Thompson is a man who has the charisma and solid record of true conservatism.