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Fred Thompson's non-denial denial

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By Michelle Malkin  •  January 3, 2008 09:28 AM

Here’s the speculation that he’ll drop out by the weekend if he fizzles tonight.

Here’s his non-denial denial on Fox this morning: Watch carefully.

Painful.

On a related note, Joe Carter has an interesting essay on his 30 days in the Huckabee campaign. You all know I’m not much of a Huckabee fan, but Carter’s reflections are worthwhile. Especially these:

Not Everything is Planned — Although most people couldn’t be bothered with actual facts, they had plenty of time for absurd speculation. The era of Karl Rove has created a climate of conspiracy in which people think that nothing happens by accident. And I mean nothing.

For example, the campaign first heard about the “floating cross” controversy in the Christmas ad from reading about it on the Drudge Report. No one had any clue what that was about so we watched the video several times before someone pointed out the bookcase.

Apparently, a Christmas ad in which the Governor mentions “the birth of Christ” was too subtle. We needed to use a bookcase that looked like a cross so that people would get the point that he was secretly sending a message to Christians.

To this day, some people still claim that the “floating cross” was intentional. Those people are idiots.

Thompson Is a Typical Politician–But a Very, Very Bad Campaigner — You have to admire the dedication of the FredHeads. They want Thompson to be the President much, much more than he wants the job. They’ve even bought into the idea that his not really wanting the job makes him somehow more qualified to be the leader of the free world!

I jumped on the Fred bandwagon from the beginning but am glad I got off long before the wheels fell off. Like many others I bought into the hype that Thompson was going to run a different kind of campaign. It is definitely different, I’ll give him that. But its also uninspiring. His hiring of Mary Matalin was the first sign that he wasn’t going anywhere. She’s not as skilled as her husband at negative campaigning so when Fred went negative it just made him look like a grouchier version of Bob Dole.

The FredHeads didn’t see it that way, of course. In their view Fred should be able to just skip this whole election nonsense and go directly to the coronation ceremony. Fortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Most of us want a President who doesn’t think its “pandering” to actually care what we think.

Primary Politics Isn’t Worth Losing Friends Over — People often ask me what I think about the “Huckabashing” carried on by my friend Hugh Hewitt. While I am concerned that his shift from candidate-favoring pundit to propagandist for Team Romney may hurt his reputation, it hasn’t affected the affection I have for my “blogfather.” Hugh’s wrong–dead wrong–about Romney. But he’s right about enough other stuff that I still respect his opinions. And aside from his poor taste in candidates, he’s still the same great guy that I’ve admired for years.

The same holds true for my friendships with pundits and bloggers that differ with me about which candidate will make the best President. I’ve had some heated disagreements and have said things that have likely damaged my reputation with some people (i.e., all fans of Romney). But when all is said and done, I care more about people than punditry or partisanship.

That’s not a profound lesson but it was something I re-learned on the campaign. Even if I took away nothing else, that alone would have made the 30 days in Little Rock worth the trip.

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