The Boston Globe
assesses Fred Thompson's chances in New Hampshire, saying "his campaign is hoping for a showing that could provide a bridge to South Carolina on Jan. 19. Finishing, say, second in Iowa and third here would do that, his team thinks.
"Judging from Thompson's events on Monday, he has a long way to go. The low-key candidate deals mostly in folksy platitudes, with little by way of specifics or applause lines. An underwhelming example: Speaking of the need to "re-emphasize management," he told a crowd of Northeast Delta Dental employees in Concord: 'We've got to ... put the M back in OMB.' Now there's a slogan to make the Republican heart race!"
And San Francisco Chronicle
columnist Debra Saunders
discusses whether Thompson is lazy and whether it matters: "Team Thompson likes the Reagan comparison. They want voters to remember that critics used to carp at Reagan's naps and work hours, too. But I doubt that Republicans are anxious for a nominee who isn't willing to give every waking minute to win the election. As one erstwhile Thompson fan, who attended the Values Voters summit in Washington, D.C., told me, 'I was so angry at his performance that I voted for John McCain.' "