The media is still puzzled over what to do with Fred Thompson.
Freshly minted GOP White House hopeful Fred Thompson puzzled Iowans yesterday by insisting an Al Qaeda smoking ban was one reason freedom-loving Iraqis bolted to the U.S. side.They've called him lazy, they've said that he doesn't enjoy campaigning. They attacked his wife, they said his staff was falling apart. They said his conservative credentials were fraudulent. And none of it stuck. None of it is becoming their oft-repeated mantra.
...Thompson received mixed reviews from several listeners who had reservations about his late entry into the race.
So now they're unhappily writing things from their corner, sighing, grasping at straws.
I'm sure the media will find something. They always do; Fred Thompson will be no miracle exception.
But those "mixed reviews" he got?
Carol Perrin, 62, a retired schoolteacher, said, "I was impressed. I don't think he's selling us a bill of goods."Those don't quite sound like the normal definition of mixed reviews. That sounds to me like full support and tentative support.
But Ralph Hecht, 61, a farmer and Marine Vietnam veteran whose son served two tours in Iraq with the Army, said Thompson's attempts at folksy appeal wouldn't work with him. "For me, it will be the issues stuff," Hecht said.
Perhaps what the reporter meant was a mix between "good" and "great"?