this morning, glenn over at instapundit posted this:
THE NEW YORK TIMES reports that Fred Thompson is surging in South Carolina. And I just got an email from a journalist who says that crowds at Thompson events are suddenly over-capacity. Is it a tipping point for Thompson, or just a blip? Stay tuned.
everyone in the msm seems to be truly dumbfounded that fred is making an impact - especially since they have all worked so hard to make it impossible for that to happen. even now, with a solid debate win last thursday, many in the msm are STILL looking for ways to write-off fred. for instance, from the 'surging in south carolina' link above, paul vitello (who titles his piece "a combative thompson..."), after describing a couple who had realized the wonder that is fred while watching the debates and deciding "he is the one", spins it like this:
Whether this was a new Fred Thompson, or just a sign of mirage-inducing campaign fatigue among voters, many people attending Mr. Thompson’s campaign rallies here on the day after the debate reported having similar revelations.
Mr. Thompson, who remarked Friday that he had “always been laid back — laid back when I became a U.S. prosecutor at 28, laid back when I became staff counsel to the Watergate committee at 30, laid back when I ran and won election twice to the United States Senate” — was clearly more combative on Thursday night than he had been in past debates.
and yet when others weren't scoring major points, but the infotainment news media decided they were the winners, the others out there got wonderful, rave reviews. no bias here, right?
i believe that fred has a real chance to continue this way and surf into the nomination on the surge tide that's forming. my husband thinks this was part of his plan all along. either way, things are really looking up for team thompson!
on friday 04 january 2008, after taking 3rd place in iowa, fred08 challenged supporters to raise $539,492.00 by friday 11 january 2008. through thursday afternoon, contributions were going along at a pretty nice clip ($512,000 on thursday afternoon) and then something magical happened.
the latest republican debate was held in south carolina and fred dazzled them. and us. and then the contributions started to skyrocket. by friday morning, when the $539,492 had long been met a new challenge was issued to reach $750,000 by midnight that night.
then when THAT goal was surpassed still another goal was issued: $1,000,000.00 by midnight monday 14 january 2008. as of 21:32, today, donations stood at $910,584.00. that cool million doesn't look so out of reach as did the $539,492 just a week ago...
we gave when he was in iowa, and we gave again this week. who among you will join us?