September 6, 2007

AS CHURCHILL SAID TO LADY ASTOR...:

Thompson's Bold Vision (Dennis Byrne, 9/06/07, Real Clear Politics)

As Fred Thompson proclaimed his presidential candidacy on NBC's "Tonight Show," the most telling moment came when he sparked wild cheering as he spoke this truth: America has laid down more of its blood and treasure in the cause of freedom than all other countries combined.

Bingo.

If Thompson's advisors don't know what his campaign theme should be, they know it now. It is, indeed, a grand and visionary statement that leaves all opponents of both parties quibbling in the dust over the details of public policy and personal qualifications.

Naturally, Thompson will be accused of trying to imitate Ronald Reagan. That's fine, because the former president in a time of deep national depression elevated America to, in no special order, victory in the Cold War, renewed optimism, economic prosperity and moral awareness. The rest of the details followed.


...so much done, so much yet to do.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 6, 2007 6:43 PM
Comments

I loved that statement. I found him impressive.

Posted by: Stormy70 at September 6, 2007 8:31 PM

You can't lose with the populace with "America the Cowboy" as our myths place the cowboy as the knight-errant.

Only a tyrant wanna-be argues against Robin Hood and Ivanhoe.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 6, 2007 8:58 PM

Stormy (and others),

If you want to see something equally impressive, checkout his two reports from 2001 - pre-9/11.

Government at the Brink - Vol. 1

Government at the Brink - Vol. 2

Posted by: Bruno at September 6, 2007 9:00 PM

Thanks, Bruno.

Plus, Fred drives a red pick-up and I drive a red pick-up. The stars are aligned. My cranky third-party voting husband likes Fred, too.

Posted by: Stormy70 at September 6, 2007 10:25 PM

If he gets elected, he just has to use that line at the podium of the General Assembly in NY.

Posted by: ratbert at September 7, 2007 12:38 AM

I didn't realize that he had two kids by the young recent wife. I'd heard claims of trophy bimbo, but if an older man marries a younger women to have multiple children by her, that's a much more interesting dymanic.

My one concern, his health/stamina. He looks horribly tired in that video. It's hard at first reflection to imagine him handling the hours and stresses of office.

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at September 7, 2007 1:58 AM

I'm not convinced yet by one (although a very nice one) line. Thompson may just be the right's Obama.

Posted by: Buttercup at September 7, 2007 7:12 AM

Thompson-Huckabee
McCain - Defense
Romney - Commerce
Guiliani - State

Announce this at the convention and have everybody on the same page and campaigning like hell. That might be OJs 60/40 election.

OK, it's a fantasy, but it would work.

Posted by: Bruno at September 7, 2007 7:34 AM

The infobabe on Bret's show opined that Thompson got a lukewarm reception from Leno's audience. Odd that!

Posted by: erp at September 7, 2007 9:29 AM

How about Thompson-Steele?

I think that the GOP absolutely should do something along the lines of Bruno's suggestion, though, to demonstrate the overall strength of its field and the relative (and absolute, actually) inadequacy of the Dems.

Posted by: b at September 7, 2007 11:53 AM

Forget Huckabee. His name alone should disqualify him (just imagine the slurs...).

But the idea of a united front, clarifying the differences between the parties, now that's a winner. Kind of a 1994 reprise. And who are the Dems going to offer for State - Bill Clinton?

Speaking of Clinton, does anyone think the Norman Hsu story is going to mushroom? Obviously the media won't chase it, but it shouldn't take some intrepid soul too long to find out where this guy got all his cash. Whether it was Beijing or Bemidji, the trail is there.

Posted by: ratbert at September 8, 2007 1:41 AM
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