November 29, 2007

THE LAST TWO LAZY GUYS TO RUN ON IDEAS WERE RWR AND W:

Thompson takes on D.C. expectations (Peter A. Brown, Nov 29, 2007, Politico)

Fred Thompson's presidential campaign has been unorthodox since Day One, and his decision to grab the "third rail" of American politics with both hands is a clear indication that he really is a different kind of candidate.

Since agreeing to run after a mild draft effort by conservatives looking to fill the void in the race for a candidate who shared their views and values, Thompson has pursued what can only be considered a nontraditional path.

He has eschewed the traditional 24/7 campaign run by his competitors and expected by the Washington, D.C.-based mainstream news media, which has labeled him poorly prepared, lazy and lackluster.

Yet he runs second in national polls of GOP voters and leads in parts of the South.

Now, the former Tennessee senator-turned-actor is making reform of Social Security and Medicare — the kind of issues presidential candidates typically avoid like the plague — major campaign topics as he seeks the Republican nomination.

Although some might consider that courageous, the conventional wisdom, at least inside the Beltway, is that this is akin to committing political suicide. It will put a big, bright target on his back.


Whether they should be or not is a separate question, but voters obviously aren't happy with the status quo that every other candidate is running to maintain.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 29, 2007 8:21 AM
Comments

"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this war." was considered political suicide in the Beltway too.

Posted by: ic at November 29, 2007 2:18 PM

"wall" not "war", sorry.

But I'm not correcting Gorbachev if it were spelled wrong. His day has expired, his name is not worth a spell-check.

Posted by: ic at November 29, 2007 2:23 PM
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