If Fred Wants to Win, He Needs to Put the Band Back Together
REAGAN FIRED JOHN SEARS AFTER NEW HAMPSHIRE
By Erick Posted in 2008 — Comments (26) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Fred Thompson was once the guy who would keep the coalition together. He was the guy who would excite the base. He was the guy who could save us.
And for a while he did. He got people excited who thought that they all suck. He earned the endorsements of major pro-life organizations and his tax plan was praised by conservatives everywhere. Continuously, in debate after debate, it is Fred Thompson that the fact check groups say is doing well. In fact, I'm watching the Iowa debate right now and Fred is doing great.
But, let's be honest. The Fred campaign fizzled. They're on life support making a last stand in Iowa.
And yet . . . the campaign still has a pulse. The pulse remains because all of us got a taste of what a Fred Thompson candidacy could mean. Remember the Michael Moore video? Remember the initial online reach out? Remember how much excitement there was?
Despite what you read in the paper in some sort of hagiographic profile of Ken Rietz (I still have no clue who the dude is), there were two guys who made the Thompson campaign generate the excitement. Those guys were Mark Corallo and Ed McFadden.
Read on . . .
You might not have heard of them. You probably haven't. They didn't get fluffy profiles in the Washington Post. But they did get Fred Thompson lots of positive attention. They are the guys who made Fred Thompson the candidate we wanted to embrace. When they were shoved aside, Fred went down hill.
Randy Enwright and the McLaughlin Brothers? They're two of the best, most productive assets in the Thompson campaign. Corallo and McFadden brought these guys to the table. The Michael Moore video response? Corallo and McFadden. The new media reach out effort that generated the initial buzz? Corallo and McFadden.
It's time for the Thompson campaign to show the nation it is alive and wants to win. It's got the pulse. Now it needs the blood pressure. It's time for the Thompson campaign to bring back Corallo and McFadden.
In the remaining weeks before January 3rd, it's going to be very difficult to get media buzz, despite Fred's best efforts. He's competing against Santa Claus and all the other candidates. But announcing he will bring back Corallo and McFadden -- that he was putting the band back together -- would get Fred lots of media attention. It would send a strong signal that he actually wanted to win. If Ronald Reagan can fire John Sears, Fred Thompson can bring back Corallo and McFadden.
Then, of course, he'd actually have to listen to them.
Fred, it's time to bring back Mark and Ed. If you really want to win, you need them and you need them now. Only a shakeup coupled with renewed passion will get you the positive attention you need.