Friday, April 6, 2007

Fred Thompson - the "Law & Order" Candidate

Yeah, I know - how many times is this pun going to be used? But it is the LA Times, so you cannot really expect much. But what is interesting is below the fold here - in the ReadMore part of the story; Clinton supporter Wolf (L&O producer) has a lot of praise for Fred Thompson. Communicator, Conservative, and a consensus builder. Good words.

Let's be clear: There's no "Bedtime for Bonzo" in Fred Thompson's past. That's not to say there haven't been a few cinematic duds for the lawyer-actor-U.S. senator. But for someone contemplating a presidential run — as a Republican, of course — his bio on the Internet Movie Database is hefty enough to make Warren Beatty jealous.

[The Rest of the Story]

Look, I've met every president since Nixon," said Wolf, an independent who supported Bill Clinton. "When they focus their attention on you, it's like a light goes on. They have this unique ability to make you feel like you're the only one in the room.

"I don't know if it's a gift or a trick, but Fred's got it."

Wolf finds Thompson's potential candidacy interesting. He's even had conversations with him about it.

"We talked about it in the abstract," Wolf recounted. "I said, 'You should run.' He said, 'Really, why?' I said, 'Because I don't think there's anyone out there who can appeal to the base.' "

Wolf said he could easily see Thompson running and winning.

"When Fred Thompson walks in a room, people want to salute," Wolf said. "But beyond that, he's a remarkable consensus builder. He can see both sides of an issue.

Courtesy of Tina Daunt in the LA Times

Not a lot of meat to the story, but it seems that even a liberal mainstream paper like the LAT is taking notice - which is good. Its lightweight, but then again, its LA - a fun quick read.

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