June 26, 2007


Democrats spooked by rise of 'new Reagan' (Alex Spillius, 27/06/2007, Daily Telegraph)

The Democratic party is so alarmed by the prospect of competing against Fred Thompson, a Republican who portrays himself as a successor to Ronald Reagan, that it is advising campaigners how to attack the former actor and Tennessee senator.

Mr Thompson is not expected to announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination until next month, but Democratic strategists fear the combination of his conservatism, southern charm and populist style could make him a hard man to beat in 2008. Some polls have already placed him in the top two Republicans, underlining the weakness of his rivals.

The Democratic National Committee's campaign focuses on what it regards as the fallacy in Mr Thompson's portrayal of himself as an outsider ready to shake up Washington.

According to the Politico newspaper, the committee has launched a pre-emptive strike, emailing members and branding Mr Thompson "the inside-outsider".

It's so easy for him to swat this one away it's kind of embarrassing. All he has to do is hold up his filmography, but even more effectiv would be to get a few friendly and well-liked co-stars to swear he's been working with them.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 26, 2007 11:00 PM
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