Thursday, September 06, 2007

Parker: "Thompson's Delay Was No Mistake"

Kathleen Parker has a good column summing up the current state of the race.

Her conclusion: "Most Americans still don't know who's running and don't share the punditry's obsession with quantifying who's up and who's down every 24-hour cycle... By setting himself apart from the gaggle and having a one-on-one chat with 6 million Americans, Thompson messed up the political ecosystem. In a single well-timed appearance, he made up for a late start and got exposure and buzz. And it didn't cost him a dime.

"Some mistake."

I've said it before, but as a conservative one of the things I've liked about Thompson's campaign is that it's been fiscally smart. :)


Blogger LargeBill said...

What percentage of the 300 million people in this country have bothered watching these ridiculously early debates? All they have accomplished is provide the opposition with various sounds bites of gotcha moments. Thompson missed nothing by waiting until now. In fact, if it wasn't for some states moving the primaries up I'd say he is still too early.

7:05 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

It was interesting that Fred Barnes and Mort Kondracke were changing their tune about Fred's timing a bit today. On the Special Report roundtable, Mort said that he'd previously thought Fred made a mistake not participating in the New Hampshire debate, but now he thought Fred did the canny thing.

Although I like the idea in principle of candidates debating and being accessible to share their viewpoints, these endless early debates with crowded stages seem almost more like game shows than part of a dignified Presidential nomination process... I'm a political nut and I'm not watching many of these debates, so I would assume those who are only marginally interested in politics aren't bothering to watch at all.

Best wishes,

8:32 PM  

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