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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The "trophy wife" in action

Watch the video clip of Jeri Thompson that Allahpundit has linked at Hot Air, in which she comments on Fox News about the current GOP presidential race. Then draw your own conclusions as to whether she's just a "trophy wife" (with all of that term's ugly connotations). She does look great — Allah's commenters insist that she's "freakin' hot!" — but my reaction was that she's very, very cool, capable, and articulate.

Fred's indeed an exceptionally lucky guy to have her in his personal life and on his political team, and I hope the Thompson campaign continues to look for opportunities for her to speak on camera like this.

Posted by Beldar at 05:27 PM in 2008 Election, Politics (2008) | Permalink

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(1) nk made the following comment | Jan 15, 2008 7:54:15 PM | Permalink

".. far above rubies."

(2) Friend #1 made the following comment | Jan 16, 2008 9:03:27 AM | Permalink

C'mon, Beldar. The GOP presidential field is in a full-scale meltdown and you give us a fluff piece about Fred Thompson's hottie wife? (She is kind of a hottie, by the way.) I suppose the viable candidates (which, in fairness, probably does not include Ron Paul, despite his comfortable win last night in Michigan against Thompson and Rudy "wacky-strategy" Giuliani) can all battle it out for Jeri Thompson's endorsement after South Carolina, eh?

Comrades, you have missed your opportunity to coalesce around John McCain. That was the candidate most Dems feared. Now it appears the GOP will continue to exhaust its limited financial resources in a state-by-state battle with no particularly strong candidate. Predictions have gone out the window, but a brokered convention with McCain reaching a deal with Huckabee as his veep candidate is as likely a scenario as any. Unfortunately, that will leave a lot of hurt feelings and the GOP base could become even more unenthused, if that's possible ...

Serious questions: How many folks in this forum are ready to accept the possibility of a GOP wipeout in November? Further, is there anyone here who is truly enthusiastic about a viable (i.e., neither Thompson nor Paul) GOP candidate??

P.S. If Thompson loses S.C., he should drop out, no?

(3) Beldar made the following comment | Jan 16, 2008 6:36:46 PM | Permalink

Friend #1, I've spent most of the last three days writing for the good folks at the First Texas Court of Appeals, rather than for my blog readers. Despite those professional pressures, I thought — and still think, particularly given my earlier blogging in her defense during the spring — that this clip of Jeri Thompson was worth linking and commenting upon.

As for the 2008 presidential race writ large:

It's easy, but a mistake, to assume that the fact that no clear leader has emerged in either party's nominating process means that each party is faced with a range of unappealing candidates. That's certainly not a logical certainty, and I don't think it's true. It's not hard for me to imagine any of the three major Democratic candidates out-performing either John Kerry or Al Gore in the general election. And I'd be decidedly more enthusiastic about the chances of either Thompson, Romney, or Giuliani than I was about Bob Dole.

McCain will not be the GOP nominee. He just won't. He's a war hero and he's mostly clear-eyed on foreign policy matters. But he's not a conservative, and — regardless of the odd fondness that many Democrats have for him (including MSM reporters and political junkies like you) — he doesn't represent the views of anything remotely close to a majority of the GOP voters. Even if he could survive that long, there's no way that a deadlocked GOP convention would turn to him — no more than they'd turn to Chuck Hagel.

Mark my words (and I'll bet a bottle of decent champagne from our new French allies on this): McCain will be first out from among the five major GOP candidates, but it will probably not happen until March, and maybe not until the convention.

I agree that Thompson needs to win, or at least come in a close second, in South Carolina. I think he will. But South Carolina is only the first Southern primary; and as people continue to become better educated about Huckabee and Thompson, Thompson's trend-line in Southern states is likely to climb and Huckabee's to drop.

You're disappointing me with your failure of imagination. This race is not going according to anyone's predictions. Sure, a GOP wipeout is possible in November. So, too, is a 49-state Reaganesque GOP sweep, though. I don't think either of those is likely, but it's more likely this year than it was in either 2000 or 2004.

(4) Milhouse made the following comment | Jan 18, 2008 10:09:50 AM | Permalink

McCain will not be the GOP nominee. He just won't. He's a war hero and he's mostly clear-eyed on foreign policy matters. But he's not a conservative.
Nor are Giuliani or Huckabee. I'm not sure that would stop them from winning the nomination. So why should it stop McCain, who's at least more conservative than them? I hope he doesn't get it, just as I hope the other two don't, but I don't delude myself that there's some sort of guarantee that it won't happen. All I know is that I doubt I could bring myself to vote for any of those three.

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