The Fred Thompson Effect
The latest USA Today/Gallup poll is out and it is pretty startling. Despite being undeclared, actor Fred Thompson is polling at 12%. Giuliani, meanwhile, is down 13%, partly as a side-effect of Thompson’s potential candidacy, partly as a result of increased conservative awareness of Rudy’s personal profile. And Romney barely registers anymore.
Thompson’s instant appeal clearly reflects the hunger among Republican primary voters for a candidate with genuine conservative credentials and national name recognition. I know very little about him off the top but my instinct is to write him off as a threat in the general.