Who Is Afraid of General Thompson?
It’s hard to tell, sometimes, about groundswells of public opinion when you spend more than 10 minutes reading blogs. I don’t know whether it’s the desperate combat for clickery, or the zealotous nature of bloggadeers, however, when something happens like Fred Thompson hinting, I say hinting at a run for President, you get all these exclamation point type posts, and back and forth over what will happen.
Is it really that big a deal? Does he even have a shot of winning the his own party’s primary? Will he ever stop making that “I took too much damn Metamucil” face of his to garner a shot glass full of sympathy? The guy’s on TV, doesn’t mean he has charisma that translates into votes.
Anyone remember when he first started acting, and he’d have lots of lines like, “We need more ammo for the troops, we can’t do our damn jobs with our hands tied behind our backs!” He got those roles because he fit Hollywood’s vision and sound of a tough, military guy. I think he fits Washington’s vision of Giuliani with Mint Julip breath. Where does this “folksy straight talker” image come from? I guarantee you it doesn’t come from pigging out at craft services tables. I remember when he was driving around with Lorie Morgan, his image was anything but folksy. Now you Right side Tennesseans are trying to call him a true conservative? GEEEEDDDAFFFUUUGGOUTTAHEAH. Why? Because he thinks Roe V Wade is “Bad science?” (he did play a Dr once, though, so maybe he knows)
Admit it kids, you’re all star struck. You’re walking around with your lips all poked out, sad because you knew that none of the announced and virtually announced GOP candidates have much of a chance, and face it you don’t like McCain, we know. Then someone who has been in THE MOVIES! A LOT! Shows up, steps out of his limo and changes out of his Joseph Abboud suit into a flannel shirt and starts dusting off the Chevy truck. Our HERO! You cry. I laugh.
AC beat me to the punch (as did apparently Ken Whitehouse) but I hate to break it to you lot, Thompson is down with the Georgetown crew; Baker, Howard. Baker, James. Alexander, Lamar. Those guys know the gruff commander persona is Fred’s schtick. It put his kids through school (as if he needed help, bloody Watergate prosecutor). If he decides to run and does make it to the general election he will whip off that flannel shirt faster than you can make that Law and Order sound effect. That means, a soundbite like, “After taking a closer look at the situation in Iraq, I cannot support increasing the number of troops.” (which kinda sounds like Sen. Clinton, but that’s for another day)
Hey, if this was Freddy talking about getting into the governor’s race in TN I could understand the boneritis that seems to be spreading about. He could definitely win that seat running against an unpopular Dem in a year that is not immediately preceeded by Bush being President.
Otherwise, you lot are just dreaming. It’s cool, though, we all need heroes.