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April 02, 2007

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Fred Thompson, Come On Down!!///Draft Fred, Enough Said

Thompson's White House talk is no act

BY ROBERT NOVAK Sun-Times Columnist

In just three weeks, Fred Thompson has improbably transformed the contest for the Republican presidential nomination. It is not merely that he has come from nowhere to double digits in national polls. He is the talk of GOP political circles, because he is filling the conservative void in the Republican field.
Republican activists have complained for months that none of the big-three contenders -- Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Mitt Romney -- fits the model of a conservative leader for a conservative party. The party faithful have been waiting for another Ronald Reagan. But in the past year, nobody mentioned Thompson as the messiah until he appeared March 11 on ''Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.''

His statement to Wallace that he was ''giving some thought'' to a presidential run generated a reaction that surprised Thompson. In the first Gallup Poll that listed Thompson (March 23-25), he scored 12 percent -- amazing for someone out of public life for more than four years. More important than the polling data is his backing within the political community. Buyer's remorse is expressed by several House members who had endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Romney.

Thompson's popularity reflects weakness among announced Republican candidates, as reflected in the Gallup survey. Sen. McCain, no longer an insurgent but still not accepted by conservatives, is stuck in the 20-25 percent range. Former New York City Mayor Giuliani has dropped precipitously from 44 percent to 31 percent, amid attacks on his ideology and personal life. Most startling, despite a well-financed, well-organized campaign, Romney has fallen to 3 percent.

Sophisticated social conservative activists tell me they cannot vote for Giuliani under any conditions and have no rapport with McCain or Romney. They are coming to see Thompson as the only conservative who can be nominated. Their appreciation of him stems not from his eight years as a U.S. senator from Tennessee but his actor's role as district attorney of Manhattan on ''Law and Order.''

Thompson's political origin as a protege of Sen. Howard Baker, leader of the Tennessee GOP's more liberal wing, prompted hard-line Senate conservatives to consider him a little too liberal. Actually, his lifetime Senate voting record as measured by the American Conservative Union was 86 percent. It would have been close to 100 percent except for his repeated votes supporting McCain's campaign finance reform. None of the big-three Republicans has been so consistently conservative as Thompson on tax policy, national security and abortion.

The principal complaint about Thompson concerns his work ethic. The rap is that he does not burn the midnight oil -- the identical criticism of Reagan, before and during his presidency. That carping may betray resentment that Thompson has emerged as a full-blown candidate without backbreaking campaign travel and tedious fund-raising. Thompson's critics assert that, bored with his lucrative career as an actor, he has enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame created by a chance TV interview and will not really run. But he privately assures friends that this is for real. His performance on ''Fox News Sunday'' was no accident. He went on the program for the purpose of unveiling his possible candidacy.

Thompson did not leave public policy when he left the Senate. He has served on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He hardly knew Scooter Libby but felt he was getting a raw deal, appeared in his courtroom and helped raise money for his defense fund.

Friends bet Thompson will run. He clearly wants to try, and his wife, Jeri, is all for it. Seeking the best timing, he wants to avoid the pitfalls encountered by Democrat Barack Obama, who may have damaged himself by starting his campaign too quickly.

I met Thompson in 1974 as Howard Baker's 31-year-old minority counsel on the Watergate investigation. I considered him co, careful and conservative. He still is, and that is how he would run for president, which appears in the offing.

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Draft Fred, Enough Said

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I like him. I honestly dont think any of these other guys have a chance at winning. He is the most Reaganesque candidate I have seen in quite some time.



Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Draft Fred!!!! Amen!!! I think he can win and can bring conservatism back ti the GOP. I would love to see a Thompson/Gingrich ticket which would be strong and conservative!

April 02, 2007 1:33 PM  
Blogger J_G said...

I've been on board with Thompson since he first started making suggestions about running. I've always like Fred Thompson. Very, dignified, morally strong and a lot more electable to most conservatives. After all it will be the conservatives race to lose so let's put someone up there we can feel comfortable getting behind. Having said that though, I could vote for a Thompson/ Guilianni ticket easily.

April 02, 2007 4:32 PM  
Blogger LJG aka Pennsylvania Independent said...

If I do vote Republican in 2008, it would have to be Guiliani on the ticket. He seems to have the strongest sense of leadership out of all candidates from both parties.
This country is going to need a strong leader in the years to come and the person I feel who has the strongest out of all that are competing for the White House.
I do not feel that Fred Thompson will get the nomination because I do not see this country electing a far right conservative such as Fred Thompson. Not anytime soon anyway. If Republicans want to keep the White House, they will need a more moderate leader like Rudy.

April 02, 2007 5:41 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


That sounds good, or a Thompson/Steele ticket.

I really like Michael Steele as a running mate.

April 02, 2007 8:17 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


That's what I think also.

However I LOVE Guliani but I just dont think he will be able to win it.

And I dont like anyone else.

Tommy Thompson just jumped in the race, why??

April 02, 2007 8:19 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


That's exactly what we need right now. A VERY strong Conservative. A Reaganesque personality with a (I'm not taking any terrorist crap) mentality.

I wouldnt mind seeing Guliani on the ticket also but I think he carries to much baggage that when Hillary is done with him there wont be anything left!

I like Thompson/Steele, but if need be Thompson/Guliani would go good together also.

I just think Thompson/Steele can win it. I just dont see anyone else on the Conservative side winning unless it's Newt Gingrich but you never know what the heck he is doing, and when he does announce, if he does, he may be to late.

April 02, 2007 8:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dunno, Marie...Senator Thompson may be a great guy, but here in Topeka, where I live, we don't think much of anybody named "Fred".
In fact, a few years ago, when Schlotzky's opened a restaurant downtown, they brought in a manager from out of town. His name just happened to be Fred, and he had never heard of the Westboro Baptists. After about six months, he started using his middle name. It wasn't Adolph, but it could have been. Go figger, eh?

April 03, 2007 7:01 AM  
Blogger J_G said...

Tommy Thompson is OK but he just doesn't have what Fred Thompson has, charisma and precense.

I have to disagree with you Pennsy. Rudy is a good leader but in order to elected this time a candidate is going to have bee much more conservative than him. Conservatives will be the controlling votes in this election. The libs have shown their colors and conservatives are chomping at the bit to "knock thier blocks off".

April 03, 2007 7:44 AM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Uncle P,

LOL, Somehow I dont see Fred Thompson having anything to do with those Westboro Baptist Lunatics.

Oh I wish I would have stayed the night in Kansas and went home to Oklahoma the next morning. It would have been nice to see Kansas in the daytime without all the rain and hail and stuff ya know?

Oh well there WILL be a next time.

April 03, 2007 8:13 AM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


I watched "Tommy Thompson" get GRILLED by Hannity last night and I'm sorry but the man didnt have the answers I wanted to hear, as a matter of fact he didnt have many answers at all.

He is just going to waste money on all this, he is unelectable.

I think we need to Draft "Fred", and let the ticket play itself out. As long as he is in the front of the ticket, It's good enough for me. I LOVE Gingrich and Guliani, but I LOVE Michael Steele more for VP.

April 03, 2007 8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My thoughts on the Presidential aspirations of Kansas Senator Sam Brownback?

April 03, 2007 12:21 PM  
Blogger TrekMedic251 said...

Sadly, the wrong Thompson heard you! Tommy Thompson entered the race!

April 03, 2007 5:44 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Uncle P,

I Love Brownback and all but look at him. He looks like a little boy lol. I know that doesnt mean a damn thing but when we are dealing with the most vicious of terrorists like Nancy Pelosi for instance, you gotta have both guns a blazin!!

April 04, 2007 7:21 AM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


Hey! I'm getting warmer lol.

Fred is bound to hear me sometime!!

April 04, 2007 7:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thompson is NOT a conservative. He's a neo-con Look at his record. Giuliani needs to run w/ Hillary b/c they're identical. Romney is Pro-Choice. Gingrich is an Adulterer.

You better find a REAl conservative. Not another LIBERAL like Lord Bush who's spent more money than ALL previous Presidents COMBINED.

April 05, 2007 7:59 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


Ok since we have gone over this before who would YOU like to see in '08?

April 06, 2007 8:49 AM  

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