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And Fred Thompson is basically done.

From CNN:

Thompson came into the GOP race late with the hope of winning over social conservatives unsatisfied with the rest of the party’s field, and racked up a key endorsement from the National Right to Life Committee last week. But the former star of the television drama “Law and Order” has trailed the GOP front-runners in early voting states since entering the race in August, and his support in New Hampshire dropped from 13 percent in a September poll to 4 percent in November’s survey.

By contrast, Romney’s support grew from 25 percent to 33 percent over the same period; McCain held steady at 18 percent; and Giuliani dipped from 24 to 16 percent.

Meanwhile, the percentage of support for Paul grew from 4 percent to 8 percent, putting him fourth among the GOP contenders in the Granite State.

Sorry Fred. Sorry Rudy. And McCain, well, it’s good he’s holding steady, but he needs to be gaining at this point.

So seriously, what about Paul? If there’s any early primary state he has a good chance of winning, it’s New Hampshire. It’s as libertarian a state as they come. But if Romney destroys the competition in Iowa, and his only real competition is Huckabee, then what are the chances of Paul winning NH?

I guess we’ll see.

Oh, and just in case you Thompson fans are going to give me hell for saying he’s done, I’m not the only one…

Several House Republicans who endorsed Fred Thompson for president now say that they are frustrated with what they view as an apathetic campaign, and at least one regrets having committed to the former Tennessee senator.

“I think he’s kind of done a belly flop,” said an estranged Thompson backer who indicated he will not pull his public support before the “Super Tuesday” primaries. “We’ll just wait till after Feb. 5 because I think he’s going to get beat.”

The disaffected members of team Thompson say he has failed to put to rest whispers that he is unwilling to campaign hard enough to win the presidency.

“He seems to be perpetuating it instead of defeating it,” another dissatisfied Thompson backer said. “I can’t see me bailing on him, but there’s some frustration.”

Done and done.

  • http://www.ronpaul2008.com brettrix

    As long as Clinton is blowing out Obama – Paul will win NH. The independants will vote for Obama if there is a chance- otherwise, i see them going to Paul – McCain is tired, washed up and not conservative. We are trying to recall him here in Arizona. Hopefully, we will get 10,000 signatures by December 15th = that should be enough signatures to make at least some mention of the recall in the national press… then everyone will have to wonder why his constituents want him recalled.
    It’s because McCain is a sell-out and we can’t take him any more.

    brettrix
    ronpaul.meetup.com/941

  • http://www.paltalk.com Dan Warner

    Ron Paul is rising at a tremendous rate. I really think the polls are going to be proven useless this election. I admit I am a true Ron Paul believer, but you can’t ignore the gains, the large crowds, and the fundraising. There is something stirring in America and I think most people are really upset with the government as a whole. I think there are going to be major shifts. If this election is going to be all about Iraq and the economy, I see no candidate except Ron Paul who has any intelligent answers.

    I predict Ron Paul vs Hillary in the general election, with Ron Paul destroying her issue by issue. Stranger things have happened in America.

    After December 16th it will become painfully apparent to McCain and Huckabee that they will not be able to compete with Ron Paul on a financial level. FYI December 16th is the next big ‘money bomb’ to go off to celebrate the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. (www.teaparty07.com). When we take the previous record breaking day on November 5th and leave that in the dust, the writing will be on the wall, Ron Paul will be ‘top tier’.

    Couple that with the possibility that he may (even though he has never said so) take the matching funds he is entitled too. Being that he is eligible for up to $250 bucks for each individual donor that could be quite a haul, especially considering that most of his donations are small ones, from lots of people. Compare that with the ‘top tier’ guys who may have big bucks, but those bucks come from a few select influential people. I think Ron Paul should take the matching funds as they are not derived from tax money but are voluntary (that little box you check on your tax retrun). I may be wrong but I think that’s where they come from.

    When this happens, Rudy and Romney will soon find themselves on the defensive with ‘real’ republicans. Ron Paul will (in my opinion) destroy them issue by issue. Ron Paul will also have a considerable war chest to use to get his message out. He knows the economy, he knows foreign policy, and he has guts. Americans like presidents who have guts and who have no fear about speaking their mind.

    I may be crazy but I think he has a real chance.

  • Fazsha

    I agree with the writer, RP needs to do much better than 8% in NH. I can’t imagine that there is so much support for McCain. Romney is a little more understandable – they probably like his well-modulated voice – but at this point I just have to hope these polls are completely unrepresentative of voters.

  • Vladimir

    Rudy will certainly not win the nomination. Celebrity status isn’t going to be enough to win this race, and as his numbers are dying in this state, his support wanes nationally. I doubt I’m the only one who sees him as a cliche politician draining whatever milk is left in his whole 9/11 connection.

    Romney seems like the guy who would win in the “real world”, although he seems like the one who would be soundly beaten by Obama or Clinton.

    Ron Paul may not be the most accurate representation of the current Republican Party, but that’s only because party affiliation has dropped to such a pathetic low because of the war. Like any real, rational conservative, I want him to win.

  • http://www.voteforhillaryonline.com Vote for Hillary Online

    Ron Paul is a nice guy and all, but if you want a real candidate with real values, then you want Hillary Clinton. We need some change in America and we need it now.

    I like to think of America as a suffering patient, where Hillary is an experienced doctor. What we need here is some good medicine.

  • Nick

    Haha! Nice plug for Hillary, it sounds exactly like what people would say about Ron Paul. :)

  • Landon

    Lol Hillary suporter need I only say one name lol Peter Paul!

    Vote for Ron Paul!!!!!!

  • Louis

    How is Hillary experienced? You mean she can’t keep her husband from sleeping with every woman experienced? You mean she never has had one real job in her life experienced? You mean she has never had to overcome one real challenge, or make one real sacrifice in her life? The only experience Clinton has in life, is being ruffshod over by her husband, and being silver spoon fed from life.

    If you mean by America being sick, that we are not all extreme liberals, homosexuals, atheists, and tree huggers, you are right. America has an illness, it is called capitalism, freedom, democracy, and patriotism. And yes, another dose of Clinton socialism should solve that illness for good.

    Vote Ron Paul

  • The Asian Ambassador

    LOL!!! Hillary a Doctor? PLEASE!!! LOL!!!! LOL!!! LOL!!! (Pee-wee Herman Laugh)

    PAUL is for REAL!!!

  • Mike D.

    How the heck is Hillary the candidate for change? She should be running in the GOP primary! Her views aren’t much different than the boring lot (except Paul) that the Republicans have thrown up.

    Paul is the only candidate who would provide substantial change and bring a breath of fresh air to the White House. He’s honorable and would actually “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.”

    Do we really need a Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton lineage in the White House?

  • Ereo A.

    Haha, Hillary isn’t any doctor! Ron Paul is the real Doctor who knows the medical system better than anyone in the race.

  • http://www.americanplan.org Agnostick

    We need a new primary system. Screw Iowa!! Screw New Hampshire!! What the frack makes these two states so fracking SPECIAL that they get to pick our presidential candidates every four years?

    Do the people of Iowa and New Hampshire send more of their sons and daughters off to war than the other 48 states? Do they pay more in taxes than the other 48? Do they cure more diseases, build more houses, grow more food, adopt more orphans?

    Why shouldn’t the first primary of the year be in Nevada? Tennessee? Colorado? Delaware? Montana? Indiana?

    I defy anyone reading this to give me a good, logical reason for this!

    We need a lottery system. The “American Plan” is good, but it’s too predictable. About 14 months before the elections, we need a random drawing of states to schedule primaries. Then we need to have a serious primary season… at least a good 20-25 states. Not the same four or five that we’ve had every election cycle since the mid ’80s, or longer.

    Agnostick
    agnostick@excite.com
    http://www.americanplan.org
    http://www.uscentrist.org

  • immigrant

    Ron Paul is going to make things happen. As long as people believe in the constitution and the concept of America then Ron Paul will succeed. Hell we might even get the national polls to take a stab at being accurate through accurate methodology. It looks like Ron Paul more accurately is at about 30 to 33 percent(counting those who DONT have landlines,dems and indies who have switched over and reps who didn’t vote last time)….which explains why the mainstream FCC govt run media is shaking in their boots at the prospect of a constitutional govt and giving misleading restricted demographic polling numbers. Its embarassing to see so many news agencies make up pure nonsense to mislead people. Ron Paul is going to win. The bigger the media offensive against him the stronger the chance of him being president.
    American Revolution 2.0 is going to shock the world, there’s simply no doubt about it.

    ps- Other polls indicate Ron Paul is already at 18% in NH

    http://www.ronpaul2008.com

  • Tony Lambiris

    If you paid attention to how NH votes, in 2000 the majority voted for Bush, and in 2004 the majority voted for Kerry. Just goes to show exactly how Libertarian the state is. They don’t just blindly vote for candidates based on their party affiliation.

    I was born and raised in New Hampshire, and nothing is more important to the people there than upholding personal freedoms and low or no taxation. NH is one of the top states with the lowest federal burden, if that tells you anything. We need to destroy the nanny state of our government and put Ron Paul in the White House in 2008!!

  • Brad

    Rock On Ron Paul !!!

    I Vote For The Virtuous; I Vote For Ron Paul !!!

  • http://www.americanplan.org Agnostick

    Tony Lambiris: So then, are you saying that New Hampshire’s votes and/or people are more important than those of South Carolina? Kentucky? Oklahoma? Idaho? Alaska?

    I don’t deny that Iowa and New Hampshire have some great things going for them; I question why these two states should be the first two every election cycle!!

    –Ag

  • Tony Lambiris

    Agnostick: I don’t see anywhere in my post that insinuated New Hampshire’s citizens or votes were more important than any other states. Honestly it’s not something I want to discuss on a blog comment section. Talk to your local congress-people instead.

  • tomdawg

    Let all who love freedom in this country recognize the fact that our pathetic leaders have led us into unfathomable debt, a dying, worthless dollar, despotism at home and militarism abroad. We are loathed by the watching world that once adored us.

    Ron Paul stands for one thing: the rule of law embodied in the United States Constitution.

  • Danny Canan

    Mitt’s efforts in Indiana need CPR…campaign staff have had problems collecting enough signatures for the 2008 primary….

    Romney Campaign Staff have traveled to the 8th & 6th congressional districts to collect enough signatures…

    Mitt may be feeling a backlash from Indiana’s typically conservative voters and their reluctance to support a candidate who continues to morph on his values.

  • George Washington

    If I may please;
    Ron Paul is the only presidential candidate who would cut enough spending to avert a debt crisis. Only he will restore constitutionally sound money. And, only he will strengthen our national defense by bringing our troops home and putting an end to the nation-building that is draining our country.
    Other candidates speak flowery words and tell nothing of how anything will get done. Mr. Paul is very different.
    Constitutionally, legislatively, and morally, Ron Paul has no equal. His 22 year voting record speaks for itself.
    The World is watching.
    Ron Paul for President in 2012.
    Thank You
    The facts speak for themselves
    ttp://www.issues2000.org/tx/Ron_Paul.htm