Monday, April 23, 2007

Fred Thompson is NOT Ronald Reagan - and that's Good!

Hits the nail onthe head, squarely.

And I’m also pretty excited about the prospects in Fred Thompson. But I’ve never thought Fred Thompson sounded like Reagan, as people often suggest. He doesn’t. He sounds like Fred Thompson, which is different from Reagan in style, tone and voice (and other forms of rhetoric and communication that I’m no expert in). What they do have in common are two important things: 1) The ability to communicate clearly and 2) The fact that when they speak, what they say makes sense; it resonates with that implicit sense that each of us has inside of right and wrong, of good and bad. You can tell Fred Thompson is speaking the truth when he speaks. And when he’s giving his opinion, you can tell he’s sincere.

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And so we can’t put it into words, but he reminds us of Reagan. Reagan did the same thing: he communicated clearly and he spoke to that inner sense of good and bad. I like Fred Thompson as much as you do. But, to be honest, Republicans are over-anxious to compare every likable candidate to Reagan. Thompson doesn’t sound like Reagan. But we can be glad that Fred Thompson sounds like Fred Thompson.

Courtesy of KJ Lopez, blogging at NRO's "The Corner"

Well Put. Let Fred be Fred.


Anonymous said...

Fred also has an important characteristic that Ronaldus Magnus used often, that is to speak outside talking points and appeal directly to the public. It drove the MSM crazy and made America take notice despite the jokes about "the actor".

Ordinary Coloradan said...

Yes, thats what we need right now - a President who can go past the press directly to the American people. Unfortunately its a skill our current president lacks. He seems to "hunker in the bunker" too often.

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