Fred Thompson Quits Presidential Race

It's official, Fred Thompson's out.

Let's hope Giuliani's next.

By the way, we have 20 new posts today, so please scroll down and onto the next page if you want to read all of them.

I'm off to the jail now, back tonight.

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    20? (5.00 / 2) (#1)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 01:37:56 PM EST
    I better do some work now.

    Fred who? n/t (5.00 / 2) (#2)
    by LarryInNYC on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 01:41:24 PM EST

    All joking aside. . . (5.00 / 0) (#6)
    by LarryInNYC on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 02:08:37 PM EST
    I think that Huckabee might well have won South Carolina if it weren't for Thompson, so he can't be upset to see this happen.

    The possibility (5.00 / 0) (#8)
    by jondee on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 02:27:53 PM EST
    of having to stand near mirrors and no way to avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight were allegedy the main factors informing his decision.

    Wrong (1.00 / 0) (#7)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 02:23:42 PM EST
    Thompson voters do not support Huckabee's positions, or at least as they were stated in the past.

    BTW -- Are you aware of Thompson's slams on Huckabee re him being a Demo??


    Yeah, that Huckabee (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by jondee on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 03:28:12 PM EST
    is just a little too far to the left for us Independents.

    It's clear who the Huckabee... (none / 0) (#12)
    by desertswine on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 03:54:51 PM EST
    camp is blaming for the loss in SC.

    "One thing about Fred; I love Fred, but Fred's not stupid....I don't think he had any intention in South Carolina but to hurt Mike Huckabee.... Had Fred Thompson not been in the race, this would have been an overwhelming, dynamic victory for Mike Huckabee."

    Huckabee's camp (1.00 / 0) (#13)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 04:06:00 PM EST
    can blame all they want, but it simply is a stupid claim. Thompson's claim to fame was that he was a conservative, and all his statements supported that.
    (See his web site.) Huckabee is not a conservative based on his record, which is starting to catch up to him.

    Huckabee's supporters are angry that in the SC debate, Thompason clearly and in a defining manner identified Huckabee for what he is. If they want to claim that this "outing" by Thompson they may have a point. But no one who was going to vote for Thompson came from Huckabee.

    The Left wants Huckabee because they feel that he can be beat. They aren't going to get him.


    Huckabee is a conservative, as is George W. Bush (5.00 / 2) (#15)
    by Molly Bloom on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 04:34:15 PM EST
    They belong to your side. Its the cross the conservatives have to bear.

    Whatever you say Molly (1.00 / 0) (#20)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 10:04:09 PM EST
    BTW - Can you tell us again how illegal aliens can't vote??

    As for Huckabee, he's about as Repub as Clinton..
    Come to think of it....


    You have any actual proof an undocumented alien (5.00 / 1) (#28)
    by Molly Bloom on Wed Jan 23, 2008 at 01:26:59 PM EST
    actually voting?

    The fact you think Huck is not a conservative Republican shows how far to the right you are.


    We need a Tweety post again folks. (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by Teresa on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 04:09:55 PM EST
    I am tempted to send him Jeralyn and BTD's posts from last night.

    As for Fred, every supporter in TN (where I live) that supports him, will go to Huckabee now.

    Huckabee agrees with you... (5.00 / 1) (#17)
    by desertswine on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 05:01:06 PM EST
    From the AP:

    In an interview Tuesday, Huckabee suggested he would have beaten McCain in South Carolina if Thompson had dropped out earlier.

    "The votes that he took essentially were votes that I would have most likely had, according to the exit polls and every other analysis," Huckabee said on MSNBC.


    hehe (1.00 / 0) (#21)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 10:07:42 PM EST
    Those polls must have been the same people who declared Obama as the NH winner....

    I'm starting to not care, but in the interests of accuracy, Thompson is a conservative. If Huckabee thinks he will get the conservative vote his 15 minutes of fame is coming to an end.


    His tossing his hat in (5.00 / 0) (#19)
    by Nowonmai on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 07:28:27 PM EST
    Bothered be at the beginning. His "I can learn as I go along" attitude about the presidency, is the same reasoning Bush had, and you see where that's gotten the country. Am very glad he is out.

    Rudy needs ousting too, as his revisionism of major events leaves just about everything he says suspect at the least, or just outright lies.

    As some said about Hillary's (1.00 / 0) (#22)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 10:09:45 PM EST
    claim to have 8 years of experience in the White House...

    So does the Pastry Chief....


    last i checked, the president (5.00 / 0) (#23)
    by cpinva on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 11:38:16 PM EST
    wasn't asking the pastry chef for his opinions on critical domestic and international policy issues. unless, of course, you have some concrete, confirmable evidence to that effect.

    i thought not.


    He likes to ignore (5.00 / 1) (#24)
    by Nowonmai on Wed Jan 23, 2008 at 06:07:43 AM EST
    That Hillary has political experience other than her husbands' presidency. Too many facts hurt his head.

    Political experience. (1.00 / 0) (#26)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed Jan 23, 2008 at 07:25:12 AM EST
    So does the mayor of Anyplace, USA.

    And so does 99 other Senators, most of who have much, much, much more.


    The last time I checked (1.00 / 0) (#25)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed Jan 23, 2008 at 07:20:58 AM EST
    the pastry chief wasn't throwing lamps, hiring people to spy on the opposition, giving the White House travel agency to friends while throwing long time employees to the sharks, loosing his previous work records in a White House closet and emoting over the vast Right Wing Conspiracy when his wife was caught dallying with the butler..

    You do know don't you that Travel gate (5.00 / 1) (#29)
    by Molly Bloom on Wed Jan 23, 2008 at 01:33:47 PM EST
    was debunked by 3, count them, 3 GOP special prosecutors?

    The lamp throwing charge was made by a conservative activist in a book that was considered too much of lie by George "movement conservative" Will. Not what you call an unimpeachable source.

    I've never heard the other charges an innuendo - National Inquirer or Faux News?

    Your head must be about to explode at the thought of HRC being president. We may have to put you on suicide watch next November.


    hehe (none / 0) (#30)
    by jimakaPPJ on Thu Jan 24, 2008 at 06:45:55 AM EST
    I know that people had their lives destroyed by a BS investigation and a trial that yielded a not guilty verdict in less than an hour.

    I know that the guy in charge of spy gate couldn't remember who hired him.

    As for the lamp, I have seen nothing that indicates that he lied.


    If George Will (5.00 / 1) (#32)
    by Molly Bloom on Thu Jan 24, 2008 at 07:30:15 AM EST
    no liberal he, thinks the guy is full of it, I think we can safely say he was full of it.

    Further his publisher made a specialty of publishing anti- Clinton screeds- not exactly a purist for the truth. Then that publisher did the Newt scam of selling large numbers of those books at deep discounts to single purchasers to create an appearance of best seller. Not what I call a reputable publisher.

    All I know is your fellow partisans the GOP special prosecutors found no there there with travel gate. If they could have, they would have.


    Distortions Of Course (none / 0) (#27)
    by squeaky on Wed Jan 23, 2008 at 11:13:57 AM EST
    But what else can ppj do, when the Clinton Admin looks lilly white compared to his pals in the current WH. They hold many records of ill deeds such as outing  CIA agents that were working on nuclear nonproliferation while falsely screaming that Iraq and Iran has such weapons, start illegal wars of aggression to settle personal grudges by cooking up lies and selling fear, wipe out the surplus with a record deficit, and have a record number of party members be indicted and convicted for dirty dealing.

    heh (none / 0) (#31)
    by jimakaPPJ on Thu Jan 24, 2008 at 06:56:41 AM EST
    Ah yes, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson. But it's hard to maintain cover for your wife when you write articles for the NYT, eh??

    BTW - You do remember 9/11, don't you?? People jumping out of burning buildings?? Airplanes flying into the Pentagon??  


    What does 9-11 have to do with outing CIA agents (5.00 / 1) (#33)
    by Molly Bloom on Thu Jan 24, 2008 at 07:31:41 AM EST
    and burning a CIA front?

    Why do you hate America and American values?


    Bye Lazy (none / 0) (#3)
    by DA in LA on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 01:45:39 PM EST

    Grandpa Fred (none / 0) (#4)
    by Jgarza on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 01:49:14 PM EST
    needs his naps back!

    What exactly was it he was quitting, anyway? (none / 0) (#5)
    by scribe on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 01:55:31 PM EST
    Guy was sleepwalking through it all.  

    Now he can go home, have some cocoa, and get off his feet.

    Too Bad (none / 0) (#9)
    by CognitiveDissonance on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 02:29:28 PM EST
    I like them having as many buffoons as possible onstage at every debate. It makes the Democrats look so much more sane and presidential by contrast. And it keeps their race more muddled and in disarray for a while longer.

    So does that mean (none / 0) (#10)
    by Jgarza on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 02:34:31 PM EST
    I won't get to see Mary Matlin on TV for a while.  
    Who could forget this classic performance.

    Punditry will be so much less entertaining without her.

    I thought he'd be a player..... (none / 0) (#16)
    by kdog on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 04:49:27 PM EST
    shows you how much I think of the rest of the Republican field:)

    That and I'm a knucklehead....

    Thompson and McCain (none / 0) (#18)
    by diogenes on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 06:33:28 PM EST
    Thompson comes off as an old-fashioned, older conservative-just like John McCain.