March 10, 2007


Fred Thompson Urged to Make '08 Run (ERIK SCHELZIG, 3/09/07, Associated Press)

One Hollywood actor, Ronald Reagan, served as president for eight years. So why not an actor who plays a district attorney on TV?

Fred Thompson, the character Arthur Branch on NBC's drama "Law & Order," is being urged to pursue the GOP nomination by several Tennessee Republicans who also have been trying to drum up support for a candidacy.

Former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker has been talking to senators. Rep. Zach Wamp has been in touch with colleagues in the House.

"It's something I hope happens," Wamp said Friday. "We need that kind of star quality, but most importantly we need his strength and resolve."

It's awfully easy to see people rallying to his candidacy.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 10, 2007 2:41 PM

With Jack McCoy hyping the Unity08 Party, they could run together as the "Law and Order Ticket"

Sorry if I've posted that here already.

In all seriousness, the level of 2 party burnout is so high that they could win a state or two.

Posted by: bruno at March 10, 2007 3:01 PM

Reagan was a very popular two terms governor of the largest state. What has Thompson done except being a character in TV shows, and a term in the Senate? He wasn't even a particularly effective senator. He tried to be "fair", and condemned some Republican malfeasance, expecting the Dems would return the favor when it was their turn. The Dems didn't budge. So, in Thompson's hearings, there were only proven Republican bad guys. Thompson might be intelligent and fair, but he was a fool. And what skeletons are lurking in his closet? He left the Senate to marry a very young pretty wife. Were there anything there? If there were, does he want to air them?

Politicians are arrogant and egoistic. Even Chris Dodd thought himself viable. In other words, those who believe they could win would run, those don't even believe themselves could, would not. Thus, drafting Thompson is pretty silly. And claiming that he was like Reagan just because he was an actor is sillier.

Posted by: ic at March 10, 2007 3:19 PM


Thompson is 'conservative' in a way that the others are not. Plus, he served almost two full terms in the Senate, not just one. And he has said all the right 'conservative' things since leaving office.

He will also interest independent voters in a unique sort of way (being familiar to them, like an uncle), and he will bring in the NRA vote that is suspicious of Rudy and hostile towards McCain.

Posted by: ratbert at March 10, 2007 3:40 PM

Rudy will never be president. Even if he didnt have an annoying lisp, he really isn't nearly as liked in NYC as reruns of Seinfeld would have you believe.

Posted by: gupta at March 10, 2007 3:47 PM

Rudy isn't popular among the gupta cohort.

Posted by: erp [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 10, 2007 5:24 PM

Fred can carry Tennessee, something Al Gore can never do.

Posted by: msmary at March 10, 2007 5:44 PM

On the firearms bulletin boards I haunt, Fred's got the Mojo. I might even open my wallet and donate some crows to his campaign. I think he'll eat any Dem candidate alive in a debate.

Posted by: Pete at March 10, 2007 6:25 PM

What has Thompson done except being a character in TV shows, and a term in the Senate?

As pointed out, it was actually 1 2/3's terms, which, puts him ahead of Obama, Edwards and St.Hillary!. Add in the movie career compared to the non-gov't careers of those three, and he still comes out ahead.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at March 10, 2007 8:46 PM

Thompson was Asst. US Attorney for Middle Tennessee from 69-72, and served Howard Baker through the Watergate hearings. He was a private attorney in TN in the latter 70s, and took a case that ultimately toppled the governor, Roy Blanton.

He would be a formidable candidate, presuming there are no skeletons. For one, he could certainly pin Hillary or Obama in any debate in a way that Rudy or McCain simply could not. And can you imagine that voice giving a State of the Union address? He might be able to cow Congress (both parties) in a way that has not been seen since Reagan in 1981-85. And isn't that really what the "base" wants?

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 10, 2007 10:38 PM


Not McCoy. Michael Moriarty. And Thompson will be the running mate.

Okay, now I'm scaring myself.

Posted by: jgm at March 11, 2007 12:52 AM


Not McCoy. Michael Moriarty. And Thompson will be the running mate.

Okay, now I'm scaring myself.

Posted by: jgm at March 11, 2007 12:57 AM