Nobody is more surprised to see former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson in the 2008 race for the White House than Fred Thompson himself. At age 64, with a successful acting career, a stable financial future, a second chance at family life, a bright beautiful young wife and two small children, running for President of the United States was likely not on his list of things to do.
That's before the conservative core of the Republican Party drafted him. Fed up with out of control federal spending, deteriorating individual liberties, a lack-luster national defense and the growing tolerance for leftist notions exhibited by the current crop of "moderates" busy running their GOP into the ground, conservatives passed on all RNC panderers and drafted their own presidential candidate.
Why Fred Thompson? I could run down the list of conservative votes that make up his two term senate career, but others have already done that. I could talk about his down home southern charm, his good ole boy nature, his face and name recognition as a result of a life filled with personal accomplishments or even talk about those red pickup truck campaign stops reminiscent of much simpler days. But you already know these things.
Unlike all other candidates, it's hard to find someone with anything bad to say about Thompson, someone besides his political challengers of course. In a fever to find trash on Thompson somewhere, the Democrat war room tracked down every girl he ever dated between his two marriages, looking for dirt. When every woman who ever knew Thompson had only praise for what a kind, gentle natured southern gentleman he really is, Democrats knew they had a real problem on their hands. Even his ex's still like him? Never seen that before.
All of these reasons are true and valid. They all mean something. But there is an even bigger reason why Fred Thompson is the likely winner in 2008, a reason few political analysts can comprehend.
On the campaign trail this week, Thompson was asked why he was not participating in the Values Voter debate in Fort Lauderdale on Monday. In typical Thompson form, he responded, "Debates are important, but let's don't let the tail wag the dog here. Standing up there 10 in a row, you know, like a bunch of seals waiting for someone to throw you the next fish is not necessarily the best way to impart your information to the American people," Thompson said. "I'm not above acting like a seal every once in a while and waiting for the next fish. I just don't want to do it all the time."
And that's why Fred Thompson could be the right man with the right stuff for 2008!
Atop the list of many disappointments in our federal government today is the clear message that nobody in Washington DC has the least bit of common sense or honesty about them. Okay, let's say a few do, but so few that they aren't worth counting. Modern politicians are just career politicians. They aren't the pillars of our communities anymore and I don't care which political party you're trying to blindly defend.
Washington is full of career liars and every American knows it. Now, the average American voter can not always detect a lie when it's told by a really good liar and let's face it, our nation's best liars aren't reading scripts in Hollywood, our village idiots are. Our best liars are reading campaign cue cards in Washington DC.
The people may not always catch the lie as it's told by the best liars in the business. But Americans inherently know the truth when they see it or hear it and that's what they seem to like about Fred Thompson.
There isn't a single American who wouldn't describe modern campaign debates the same way Fred did, or feel about them just as he does, as a result. But what politician has the nerve to say it out loud for God and the whole world to hear? Besides Thompson I mean. I was starting to wonder if I was the only American who noticed what a ridiculous scam the alphabet network debates had become.
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