2417fred thompson's potential pitfalls
- Jun 29, 2007Fred Thompson's Potential Pitfalls
If former Sen. Fred Thompson enters the GOP presidential race in the
next few weeks, as expected, he must avoid the pitfalls endured by
Democratic candidate Sen. Barack Obama of Illinoisa meteoric rise
and then a stall that undermines the power of his candidacy.
"Thompson will need to continue to go up in the polls," says GOP
pollster Frank Luntz, who hasn't taken sides in the Republican race.
Luntz points out that Obama has gotten stuck at about 25 percent
support among Democrats, and this has raised doubts in the media and
among his party's veterans whether his appeal has permanently faded.
"The key for Thompson is to crack 25 percent," Luntz says. A
strategist for a rival campaign says Thompson won't do that.
"Fred is a concept, not a candidate," says the strategist. "He is a
vessel for what people want to believe in." Much the same can be
said about Obama on the Democratic side. Once the former Tennessee
senator's record is picked apart, he will lose support rapidly, the
rival strategist says.