After sinking to single digits in the polls, the former "Law & Order" actor is making a comeback.
Over the past month, Thompson has walked away from several very strong performances in GOP debates. In the latest one, he held command over the entire field and won the day by refusing to play "hand shows" on stage at the direction of the moderator.
"I said, 'Nope,' and everybody pulled their hand down and looked around," Thompson later recalled.
"I just said to my buddies up there, 'How are you going to stand up to the leaders of Iran and North Korea if you can't stand up to an overbearing moderator?' "
Thompson also has quietly racked up scores of endorsements from anti-abortion chapters around the country. Those groups are some of the most effective vote herders the GOP has.
And earlier this week, he netted a surprise endorsement from Iowa Rep. Steve King, known in some GOP circles as "the Kingmaker."
After enduring months of criticism for sporadic and lackluster campaigning, Thompson is now going full-bore on a bus tour of 50 cities and towns around Iowa that his campaign says will reach some 75 percent of projected Republican caucus-goers before Jan. 3.
More than anything else, long-suffering supporters say their spirits have finally been lifted by Thompson's swagger and enthusiastic demeanor on the trail.
After someone suggested he might still be the conservative dark horse to ride to the White House, he quipped, "Saddle me up!"
In a shooting war, the side that makes the most steel wins. Thats of course excluding interference from todays modern liberal media. In politics, the side that raises the most money wins, and thats of course excluding Ron Paul. Just as tanks and planes have to hammer an enemy into submission, political advertisements, of all stripe including TV time to lawn signs to flyers on the windshield can easily create winners and losers. Advertisers have long since proven that people will buy-buy-buy if you find the right buttons to push, and deciding who to vote for isn't very different than maxing out the credit cards but leaving the mortgage unpaid.
Common sense often has little to do with certain decisions. There simply is no other way to describe the success of Bill and Hillary Clinton, and what they BOTH do is sell themselves quite well.
Fred Thompson must raise then continue to raise enormous amounts of cash so that people will remember he was the guy who refused to act like a third-grader asking permission to use the rest room. It is my opinion that one on one he can spank Rodham to a fair thee well but he'll never get the chance if his opponents continue to have more ammunition. Ron Paul excluded, of course. People are dumb but not that dumb.