Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Victor David Hanson on Fred Dalton Thompson

This one is a must read. For those who do not know Victor David Hanson, he is probably the pre-eminent conservative writer on history, especially military history and the impacts of culture and wars on each other. Unlike George will, who is an effete, inside-the-belt-way snob, VDH knows his stuff.

I met Thompson this morning for breakfast in Palo Alto and was impressed mainly by his knowledge of the issues, and his calming attitude that what will come, will come. He came across as every bit up to the job, but without the overdrive and sometimes bothersome mania of traditional candidates. That may explain a lot of his appeal as well.

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Thompson has an ongoing movie and television career that makes him an even better known candidate to young people in either party. And he is a character actor that has been typecast as grandfatherly, a worldly pro who joshes around and works with his more ardent and younger firebrands. His celebrity is not like Arnold’s or Jesse Ventura’s.

His folksy Tennessee drawl also serves to mask his conservatism in the manner of Reagan’s jocularism. Don’t underestimate the importance of that calculus in our modern therapeutic society. The “aw shucks” approach allows a conservative to keeper a lot quieter and carry a bigger stick.

Courtesy of Victor David Hanson at his blog

I am so glad to see this - VDH is one of the people I respect most in the conservative world. He is well informed, well reasoned, and seldom mistaken; a good guy to have saying good things about you

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