Is it Time for the Fred Thompson Death Watch?

| Mon Nov. 19, 2007 7:12 PM EST

fred_thompson_frowny_face.jpg It's not just audiences in Iowa that are failing to connect with Fred Thompson. His supporters in the House of Representatives aren't impressed with the former Tennessee senator, either, and they're voicing their discontent in hilarious fashion.

Several House Republicans who endorsed Fred Thompson for president now say that they are frustrated with what they view as an apathetic campaign...
"I think he's kind of done a belly flop," said an estranged Thompson backer who indicated he will not pull his public support before the "Super Tuesday" primaries. "We'll just wait till after Feb. 5 because I think he's going to get beat."
The disaffected members of team Thompson say that he has failed to put to rest whispers that he is unwilling to campaign hard enough to win the presidency.
"He seems to be perpetuating it instead of defeating it," another dissatisfied Thompson backer told CQ Politics. "I can't see me bailing on him, but there's some frustration."...
Some of Thompson's endorsers say they aren't lifting a finger.
"I've kind of pulled back. I'm not not supporting him, but I'm not doing anything," said a third lawmaker.

As Christopher Orr adds over at The Plank, with friends like these...

Update: One fun detail I've noticed about Fred Thompson, after the jump.

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The man doesn't speak into a camera without moving his head. Must be that Hollywood training, because I've seen the same out of Jessica Simpson and other B-level stars. Try watching this without the sound on. It's bizarre:

Better than staring straight ahead, I guess. Check out Gary Hart.

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