Well, well, Fred Thompson gets in and flip-flopping pandering Mitt Romney drops the hammer on Thompson over campaign-finance reform. You will recall that this is the same Mitt Romney who was against public funding of campaigns in 1994, for it in 2002, and now against it. And the same one who was for radical campaign finance reform, well to the left of McCain-Feingold.

So what is going on? Mitt Romney is scared of Fred Thompson. David Yepsen explained why Thompson seriously damages Romney in Iowa. Over to Yepsen:

There is some evidence to suggest Thompson would hurt Romney, one of the three front-runners in Iowa, by entering the race.

It comes by comparing two polls of likely GOP caucus-goers taken during May.  The Iowa Poll, taken by the Des Moines Register, did not include Thompson, who has not formally announced.  But the American Research Group poll, taken by a Manchester, NH research firm, did include Thompson.

When you compare the findings of the two polls, Rudy Giuliani and John McCain actually increase their support if Thompson is in the race.  Romney drops.

Yepsen also says:

But Romney’s also been plagued by talk he’s a flip-flopper on conservative issues, while Thompson’s conservative credentials are solid. And Thompson also seems like an electable candidate to many Republicans who have been dissatisfied with the 2008 field.  So, GOPers looking for good, electable conservative may well move from Romney to Thompson.

Now, the thing that could save Romney is that he’s running a fantastic campaign (too bad about the candidate) and Thompson might not work hard enough.


bjalder26 · May 31, 2007 at 10:59 PM

If you look at the national polls, Giuliani’s biggest drop is when Thompson gets added to the polls. Why? Because Giuliani and Thompson are NRO (name recognition only) candidates and have nothing to offer the field but their national name recognition.

Rachel · May 31, 2007 at 11:24 PM

I think the label that Thompson is not willing to work hard in a campaign is all wrong.
He has never had to work hard, so he didn’t.

This time it will be different.

Oh and the Romney campaign is shameless. Absolutely shameless.

karasoth · June 1, 2007 at 9:20 AM

Maybe some one should tell Mitt that Fred has said “Had I knew then what I knew now I’d not have supported it” about Campaign finance reform

eye · June 1, 2007 at 9:27 AM

Good point.

ee2793 · June 1, 2007 at 9:59 PM

If Soren doesn’t delete my posting like he’s done before: karasoth please be advised that Romney is by far the hardest of hardcore on the defense of the First Amendment, period. Jim Bopp, who I don’t expect you know anything about, but just happens to be one of the biggest proponents of freedom of speech in the country, supports Romney. Now that’s a good point.

karasoth · June 2, 2007 at 6:40 AM

Romney is a weasel who promotes religious bigotry as an excuse for his trouble in getting traction rather then his sad record in his home state for a man who hints and teases “the religious bigots are really those against me” it makes me doubt his first amendment credentials

eye · June 2, 2007 at 9:48 AM

Ee2793, I have never deleted anyone’s comments. That is simply not true.

I know and like Jim Bopp. I approve of his work. My problem with Romney on campaign finance is not what he says today. My problem is that he has had a different position every time he has run for office. Radically different positions. And usually radical positions.

Pro Amnesty Fred · June 19, 2007 at 6:31 PM

HAHAHA Fred Thompson deserved the attacks. He is a true lib deep down inside:


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