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An open letter to Fred Thompson

Posted by mesablue on January 4, 2008

From an Iowan who attended the caucus for Fred Thompson tonight, a comment at AoS:

Open Letter to Fred,

I watched your video to Iowans, caucused for you, and brought friends. Yes, you got beat, but there’s a lesson to take away from this, if you’re seeking one.

Huckabee won due to emotional appeal. The people who latched onto him are seeking any sign of strong character. These people are our emotional voters, and are as quick to leave a cause as they are to join one. But they do represent a demographic of importance in the national election, especially when you realize that most of the “other party” is comprised of these types.

Romney came in second due to a strong organization. His people were able to convince the rational, non-emotional voters that he’s a well-polished executive who can lead a country. As the saying goes, “winner’s win and loser’s lose” and Mitt has done a good job convincing many he’s in that former category.

You did marginally well, but can clearly do better. As I heard across Pottawattamie, Mills and Fremont counties, your organization was a mess. Your people do not return calls, your organization can’t get signs out, and overall, you did not convince us executives, business owners and other rational voters that your organization has the capacity to win. You’ve heard the comments questioning your “fire in the belly”? What we’ve observed is the logistical equivalent: you may be the best candidate, but your organization can’t execute and make your success possible. At this level, my friend, intent doesn’t matter. It’s all about execution.

This isn’t time to make excuses, blaming scarce funds, etc. We’re talking basic execution failures at a low level. Ignoring phone calls, emails for information, etc. Long-time party loyalists couldn’t get your people to function, at which people distance themselves from your efforts. If I had outsourced these functions and obtained these results, I’d fire the contractor.

If you’re going to pull it off, you need to lead your campaign organization as you would the nation (from what I’ve heard, you’ve left the operational leadership up to others – which was a clear mistake). Either step up and drive these people to excellence, or set it aside and let someone else win. You’re one of the few people who has the opportunity open to them, but you’ll have to decide whether you really want it.

Your Iowa experience was commensurate with the effort your team put into it. As you’ve hopefully realized, success here is a function of both your vision and the organizational capacity of your team. May this experience guide you in your upcoming challenges.

Best wishes for lessons learned,

Fremont County Iowa

Thanks Redherkey.

Unfortunately, Redherkey’s experience in Iowa perfectly mirrors what we are experiencing in Michigan. We’ve gotten no “official” word, but at this point it looks like we are being written off.

It would have been nice to know.

Hopefully, things are not the same on the ground in South Carolina. But, I doubt it.

Thousands of people are willing to help your campaign, Mr. Thompson, if you’ll just let them. Yes, the money comes first, but without any state or grass roots organization — you are going to go nowhere fast.


7 Responses to “An open letter to Fred Thompson”

  1. Ed said

    Fred is an empty package
    Since the script wrtiters are on strike he does not know what to say

    Teleprompter Fred

  2. jayne said

    I live in Michigan, too, and cannot get the Fred team to contact me either. I have donated and e-mailed and would volunteer as much time as possible. If you get any responses from them please post the addresses and phone numbers.

  3. cranky said

    Wow Ed! You bring the incisive, don’t you? Now go get me a juicebox. Grape.

  4. Mesa,

    I was going to blog on this open letter too, but I think it would be better to submit it to Fred’s campaign. They need to hear the constructive criticism.

    Have you sent it to Sean Hackbarth or someone else at the campaign?

  5. Nevermind. I just emailed it to Hackbarth. Hopefully it will carry some traction. When I get ready to campaign in my home state, I want campaign interaction.

  6. […] at Uncommon Misconceptions: Fred!. Mesablue makes an outstanding point, with the help of a commenter from Ace, on the lack of organization in the Thompson campaign. He […]

  7. bmac said

    I think this clarifies what we’ve been fearing all along, and adds some legitimacy to the rumors, that Fred is running to appease his wife, and his heart is not “in it to win it.”
    If that’s the case, I wish he’d stop wasting everyones time.

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