When will Thompson jump in?
(CNN) — When will Fred Thompson officially jump into the race for the White House? That's the question all of us would like to know. Well, here's what we're learning.
A handful of sources working on Thompson's formal entry into the race for the GOP presidential nomination tell CNN to expect the former Tennessee senator and actor to make his announcement on the web, some time as early as the middle of next week. They say Thompson will travel and campaign in key primary states following the Internet announcement.
When I first started hearing about Thompson joining the race, I have to admit I was a little worried. Sometimes the American public isn't as discerning as it should be, and can be um, deceived by clever tricks and sleight of hand.
But the more I read (and see) of Thompson, I'm really looking forward to his candidacy. It's gonna be a huge bomb, mark my words. Word on the street is he can't make a speech, doesn't have any energy and looks really ancient and worn.
Bring it on Hollywood Fred, I need the laughs.
Looks like Sept 6th. Why then you ask?
Well, how about this for a reason?
By delaying the filing of his organizational papers until books have closed on the third quarter of 2007, Thompson arguably will not have to file any disclosure reports with the FEC until January 31, 2008, after the Republican primaries/caucuses in WY, IA, NH, NV, FL and Lord knows who else at this point.
Frederick of Hollywood's shadow campaign can raise millions and spend millions without having to disclose to the public a single contribution raised or disbursement made over a six-month span -- and while his opponents have been consistently doing so -- delaying disclosure until after at least five Republican primaries have been held.
And it's deliberate, too, just like his (failed) coy attempts to walk the tightrope on "testing the waters" activity.
Via Adam B at Kos.