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January 10, 2008

Luntz' Focus Group: Fred Won

I love these things. Personally I'm in favor of skipping the debates entirely and just going right to the focus group.

No joshing around with Hugh Hewitt: I was pretty impressed with Mitt Romney, too, more than I've ever been with him. Objectively, these were the best performances so far by both Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson, and no one who can considered a trusted analyst can say otherwise.

On the other hand... One woman is annoyed at Fred for being "flippant." I have kept saying this, over and over and over again: Irony and snark are city-slicker things, man. The heartland is more earnest -- you know, morons. (Just kidding.)

But seriously, Letterman's puckish drollery has never played outside the big cities. That's Leno country. More Great Big Head, less pork soda.

I know Fred has to be Fred, but I wish he could just stop running like a candidate who only cares if he's going to get AllahPundit's vote, for crying out loud. Allah's not even going to vote. Jeeze.

The Focus Group: Vid from Hot Air.

I didn't see the part where Thompson went after McCain a bit on immigration. Here it is. (Also taken from Hot Air.)

Oh, now that I see it, I remember this part. But the "attack" on McCain isn't there. He really didn't do anything to change the fact that McCain is ahead. At most he took some support from Huckabee -- but not enough of it to win the state.

So, I agree with Allah. But I'm not just saying me too. I thought Thompson had to, had to go after McCain in this debate, and he didn't. At best Thompson is now angling for a decent second place showing, if everything breaks his way.

We'll see if he uses that money you all just sent him to run ads about McCain's amnesty plans.

But he sure didn't do it here, with a big audience and free media.

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posted by Ace at 11:59 PM

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