July 20, 2007


Has the Religious Right Found Its Man in Thompson? (David Domke, 7/20/07, Real Clear Politics)

Here's what Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention had to say in early April: "Fred Thompson reminds me of a Southern-fried Reagan. To see Fred work a crowd must be what it was like to watch Rembrandt paint."

In June Southern Baptist executive committee president Morris Chapman, who said he hasn't settled on a candidate yet, nonetheless added: "Another Southern Baptist called Fred Thompson the Ronald Reagan of the South, and I think he has some of that appeal. He is a magnetic personality. He seems to articulate his opinions clearly. He seems to be unflappable." [...]

In late March, Focus on the Family's James Dobson said he doubted that Thompson was a Christian. But Gilgoff--whose 2007 book The Jesus Machine documents the rising political influence of Dobson--reported that Dobson is now "rumored to be reassessing Thompson." Indeed, a Dobson spokesman laid out the political pathway for Reagan, er Thompson, telling CNN that "Thompson hasn't clearly communicated his religious faith, and many evangelical Christians might find this a barrier to supporting him."

Translation: show us a sign--a public sign--and we'll believe. Expect Thompson, therefore, to deliver a high-profile speech about values and faith in the coming months, perhaps even before he kicks off his campaign (now rumored to be set for just after Labor Day).

He probably has to almost move to SC, because he'll have to break Maverick's IA/NH momentum to have a shot.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 20, 2007 12:25 PM

Would that McCain momentum be forward or backward? Never got a chance to post this satirical press release floating around last week, which pretty much says it all:

WASHINGTON (AP) - John McCain's campaign today announced that Senator McCain has been let go from his role in the campaign. A senior McCain official stated that the Senator's parting was "amicable" but "we needed to tighten our belts, and we were spending a lot of money on his travel and support staff and didn't feel we were getting the best value for our dollar having him on the campaign." A high-level strategy meeting was being held to determine next steps, but the official insisted that the campaign was "still optimistic that we can be as competitive, if not moreso, without Senator McCain."


Posted by: Rick T. at July 20, 2007 1:02 PM

An accidental insight--McCain the man is incidental to the hiistorical phenomenon he's riding.

Posted by: oj at July 20, 2007 1:30 PM

Senator Keating-McCain has the kind of momentum you get going uphill with a headwind and a flat tire.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at July 20, 2007 2:37 PM

Ah, you mean the momentum of the candidate running 4th in the polls, and trending downwards.

McCain can regain energy and momentum by standing up and going nose to nose with the Democrats in the Senate (as has done the past three weeks or so). Of course, he has about 7 years of turtle-doving to make up for.

Posted by: ratbert at July 20, 2007 6:00 PM

No, the momentum of the candidate who'll win IA and NH.

Posted by: oj at July 20, 2007 10:29 PM