Monday, April 16, 2007

From the Courthouse to the Whitehouse (AoTD 4/14-16)

(4/14/07 10:00 AM MDT) This is simply the very best analysis and biography to date on Fred Thompson. Read a bit here -then go get a cup of coffee and sit down and read it all at the Weekly Standard (use the ReadMore to see the link)

A strange thing happened a few weeks back when I went to the Café Promenade at the Mayflower Hotel for an off-the-record interview with an unpaid adviser to the non-campaign of unannounced presidential candidate Fred Thompson.

Fred Thompson showed up. the end of the conversation, two unexpected realities had emerged. If he joins the race for the Republican nomination, and if he campaigns the same way he spoke to me last week, Fred Thompson, a mild-mannered, slow-talking southern gentleman, will run as the politically aggressive conservative that George W. Bush hasn't been for four years. And the actor in the race could well be the most authentic personality in the field.

[The Rest of the Story]

Thompson seems to recognize that he wins the guy-I'd-want-to-get-a-beer-with primary the moment he announces. He comes across as a regular guy--"folksy" will be the political cliché that attaches to his candidacy--and punctuates explanations of his positions with the kind of off-the-cuff homespun witticisms that Dan Rather spent a career trying to come up with. ...

... "Literally, I don't think Fred ever acts," says Tom Ingram, a longtime friend from Tennessee who now serves as chief of staff to Senator Lamar Alexander. "He played himself in Marie, and he's been playing himself ever since." ...

... Thompson never moved to Hollywood, choosing to stay in Tennessee, where he continued to practice law and remained involved in Republican politics. ...

... As we spoke, I was struck by the fact that Thompson didn't seem to be calibrating his answers for a presidential run. On issue after contentious issue, I got the sense from both his manner and the answers he gave me that he was just speaking extemporaneously. Many of his answers would drive a poll-watching political consultant nuts.

Courtesy of Stephen F. Hayes at the Weekly Standard

Hat Tip A Commenter here at Colorado For Thompson

This is just the tip of the iceberg here. Want to know what those answers are that would drive political consultants nuts? Hit the link - the answers are there! Then read it all, and tell your friends!


Anonymous said...

Yeah its the authenticity thing that Multiple Choice Mitt Romney keeps trying to fake.

He does not have it.

Fred Dalton Thompson does.

Take that Bob Beau and Midget Owens - you're backing a loser.

Ordinary Coloradan said...

Umm I appreciate the enthusiasm - and the criticism of the current state leadership backing the same old poser loser country club guy. But drop the "Midget" stuff, its pretty much counterproductive to your points.

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