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Posted by on Sep 2, 2008 in Politics | 4 comments

Fred Thompson Speech, Brought To You By Ricola

OK….. My first thought…

GET THE MAN A COUGH DROP…..

I like Fred Thompson, I think he is a nice guy and was a pretty good Senator.

But watching the first 2/3rds of his address, all I could think of was how many times he kept clearing his throat. I know that this is more and issue of style than substance, but when you keep making noises that sound like you need a doctor throughout the address it does tend to detract.

The first part of the speech was I think pretty flat. He did not have the energy that I think most people expected and, while his tribute to the lifetime of service by Senator McCain was eloquent, it was hurt by the dry delivery and the frequent throat-clearing events.

Now, once he got towards the end, things did start to pick up. He seemed to finally get a shot of energy which gave him one heck of a closing and that did fire up the crowd. As with the Democratic convention, these kinds of speeches are more intended to rev up the party faithful than inspire the TV audience (such as with the Warner and Schweitzer addresses to the Democratic event).

However if done properly the speeches can do both, appealing to the party faithful and to the nation at large. Warner and Schweitzer did that (though to some degree I suppose that was a negative because they made some of us wish THEY were the ticket instead of Obama/Biden).

But the fact remains that those speeches were big pluses for the Democrats and Thompson had the chance to do this for the Republicans. Overall however I have to give a thumbs-down to the Thompson address on that count.

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  • lurxst

    I still think he was best as Trudeau, the world weary air traffic controller from Die Hard 2.

  • troosvelt_1858

    I liked him in Red October myself

  • Leonidas

    One things for sure, the democrats wont like him after tonight when he pwn3d them.

    Transcript here:
    http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/02/thompson.transcript/index.html

    Now our opponents tell you not to worry about their tax increases.

    They tell you they are not going to tax your family.

    No, they’re just going to tax “businesses”! So unless you buy something from a “business”, like groceries or clothes or gasoline … or unless you get a paycheck from a big or a small “business”, don’t worry … it’s not going to affect you.

    And Liebermann whacked them a second time, thats gotta hurt coming from their former Vice Presidential nominee who ran against the Bush-Cheney tcket:.

    Liebermann transcript here:

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/02/lieberman.transcript/index.html

    My Democratic friends know all about John’s record of independence and accomplishment.

    Maybe that’s why some of them are spending so much time and so much money trying to convince voters that John McCain is someone else.

    I’m here, as a Democrat myself, to tell you: Don’t be fooled.

    God only made one John McCain, and he is his own man.

  • StockBoySF

    I actually liked Thompson’s speech, throat clearing or not….

    Leonidas, thanks for your comment and the quote, I just heard it on CSpan and wanted to comment on it. Because you were so kind to provide me with the quote, I don’t have to look it up myself. 🙂

    Here is what Thompson said, “Now our opponents tell you not to worry about their tax increases. They tell you they are not going to tax your family. No, they’re just going to tax “businesses”! So unless you buy something from a “business”, like groceries or clothes or gasoline … or unless you get a paycheck from a big or a small “business”, don’t worry … it’s not going to affect you.”

    I could not help but think that this is exactly what Palin did… she raised the sales tax as Wasilla mayor and didn’t she raise the windfall profit tax on oil companies? Despite the tax increase she still left Wasilla in debt….

    I guess Thompson doesn’t even know Palin’s record.

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