Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Fred Thompson -- the next Ronald Reagan?

Its a good article over at GOP USA. But what a load to put on someone's shoulders - thank God Fred has the shoulders (and communication skills) to bear it.

Political analyst Keith Thompson says his namesake reminds him of Ronald Reagan. "He has a solid conservative voting record on issues of life, on issues of international security and national defense, the terrorism issue, the war," says the analyst, concluding with the observation: "I don't know of an issue that he has fallen short of in the broadly defined sort of 'Reaganesque' conservative mantle."

The political analyst sees both similarities and contrasts between Fred Thompson and Ronald Reagan -- a.k.a. "The Great Communicator" -- under whose watch the Cold War came to an end and the Berlin Wall came down.

"Like Ronald Reagan, he has chosen acting," says Keith Thompson; "[but] unlike Reagan, who started in acting and then turned to politics, Thompson has sort of moved back and forth between the two." He also believes the former senator's current role of a district attorney on Law & Order will enhance his chances.

"It's commendable that he's chosen to play a role and, therefore, be a role model for values relating to criminal justice, moral issues, determination of right and wrong," the analyst observes. "Certainly that doesn't hurt your candidacy if that role is supported by the fact that in real life you are that kind of person."

By Chad Groening March 20, 2007

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