It seems Fred Thompson has received enough backlash about his delays on getting into the ring that he's having a conference call today with his supporters to tell them that he's going to officially announce on Thursday, September 6th - one day AFTER the next scheduled GOP debate. (Wayta' duck another debate there Fred). I'm sure the folks in New Hampshire (see post below) will be pleased.
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What's up with Fred? That's what a lot of people (from the press, to pundits, to supporters) are wondering. Over the weekend they forced out yet another staffer from the "non"-campaign and, according to the latest reports, seem to be backing off the earlier indication of being "in" in time to participate in the next debate, which would be September 5th. read more »
Newt Gingrich has floated a challenge to all presidential candidates regarding next year's debates between the eventual nominees...and it's fair to say it's a far cry from what we've grown used to in the decades since the dawn of television. read more »
The polls, they are a'changin'. Slowly but surely, Romney's moving up in the national polls. He's been far out front of the rest of the pack in Iowa and New Hampshire for some time, and now the latest national polls have hime either tied for second, or holding second all by himself. read more »
In the wake of Romney's win in the Iowa staw-poll, the competition has gone into overdrive trying to diminish the results, (despite wishing that they had some results for others to diminish). Charlie Cook's latest column (via email, sorry) gives what I think is a "fair and balanced" assessment.
You can tell we're getting close to the Aimes straw-poll, (and a likely dooms-day for at least a few candidates), when you start to see the lower tier candidates go after each other with a lot of vigor. In this case, we've got Brownback and Huckabee going after each other, or at least claiming that the other was going after them. From the Brody File: read more »