I sure hope it wasn't the efforts of left-wing bloggers that held the conservative money-people back from fully supporting Thompson's candidacy, but where he needed to raise $5 million in the month of June, Freddy the Failure only came up with $3 million. Awww.....
Presumptive presidential candidate Fred Thompson on Tuesday will report raising roughly $3 million in one month for his all-but-certain White House bid, Republican officials said.[...]
The amount Thompson raised for his committee to ``test the waters'' of a presidential bid lags the original $5 million goal backers set for June, the first month in which he set out to raise money.
Thompson did, however, collect more than several other Republicans did in their initial fundraising months as prospective candidates. Still, Thompson's take doesn't even compare to the stunning $6.5 million haul that Mitt Romney collected on a single day in January as he was exploring a bid.Presumptive presidential candidate Fred Thompson on Tuesday will report raising roughly $3 million in one month for his all-but-certain White House bid, Republican officials said.[...]
Although Thompson has refused to say definitively that he's a candidate for president, he has operated as an unofficial one for two months, hiring staff, opening headquarters and holding fundraisers. He had been expected to enter the race in the summer but the timeline has been pushed back until September at the earliest.
For a "testing the waters" campaign to show up 40% short of their fundraising goal-- well, those waters don't look too friendly. I expect Fred to continue to fail now that he's shown his supporters that he can't raise the money for a viable run. Who wants to throw good money towards a failure?
All of the hype and hope, dashed on the "reality rocks" again. Tsk tsk... poor conservatives, what will you do now?
What Republican opponent Mitt "Watch Me Flip" Romney plans to do is attack Thompson on the basis of his inexperience managing government.
Mitt Romney has been increasing his assault on the Democratic front-runners recently. During a recent campaign swing, he returned to a theme found in his earliest speeches: "The Democratic candidates want to run the largest enterprise in the world--the government of the United States--and yet have never run a corner store.'' To make sure reporters get the point, Romney's campaign has sent e-mails highlighting this attack and links to local wire stories featuring it.
Republican voters usually like to hear their candidates beat up the opposition, so the broad attack helps Romney in his effort to look like the party front-runner. But according to Romney insiders, the former Massachusetts governor is not just aiming at Clinton, Obama, and Edwards. His other, perhaps more salient target, is fellow Republican Fred Thompson. Like the Democratic front-runners, Fred Thompson has also never run anything, though he has pretended to run all kinds of things in his many films. Romney is laying the groundwork against Thompson now and plans to make the charge explicitly when the actor gets into the race.
UPDATE: So I guess that leaves this "guy" as the great hope for the GOP in November 2008?
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