Though barely mentioned in the national media, Senator Fred Thompson has been on a barn storming tour crisscrossing South Carolina for more than a week. In a unique approach, he is not just going to major media markets, but to rural areas of South Carolina. On my first day on the trail with Senator Thompson, he drew a crowd of 180 people to a small Mennonite restaurant in Abbeville, South Carolina â€” population 26,000 with a median income of $15,370. He capped off the day at the Orangeburg-Calhoun County Technical College in Orangeburg, South Carolina with over 200 people braving a rare snow shower to hear him. The day before I joined him on the campaign trail, Senator Thompsonâ€™s campaign saw large capacity auditoriums overflowing with people standing outside the buildings waiting to get in.
The crowds are enthusiastic and relieved. Finally, the Fred Thompson they hoped for is on the campaign trail. â€œSaying the Reagan Coalition is dead is like saying the Constitution is dead,â€ Thompson began one speech, taking on Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee. â€œThe Reagan Coalition was never about the man. It was and is about the principles and values we apply to issues.â€ He continued, â€œThe issues may change, but the principles do not.â€ The crowd roared its enthusiasm.
As always, read the whole thing. I have a feeling some in the MSM may be surprised by tomorrow’s results from the South Carolina primary.