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October, 8th 2007

Allen jumps behind Thompson

– Liz Mair

George Allen is backing Fred Thompson. I guess this is a good thing, as long as he doesn't say too much and avoids video cameras like the plague. There is a risk that this reinforces negative stereotypes about the kind of person attracted to Thompson (southern, male, white, dim/foot-in-mouth), as well, but my hope is that with the debate tomorrow, Thompson will start putting paid to those kinds of suggestions where made about him, directly. We'll see. I didn't find his speeches at the Americans for Prosperity Defending the Dream summit on Friday particularly inspiring (side note: Tom Davis' speech to the Virginia delegation was awesome, however, and completely unscripted), but there is always hope that when it's lights, camera, action time, things change...

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