More Questions About Fred Thompson

May 18, 2007

4:00 PM UPDATE: At the time of this writing, this was the only thing I could find about Thompson’s feelings on the recent amnesty legislation. To this writer, it lacks clarity and doesn’t go far enough in condemning the bill:

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Former Sen. Fred Thompson flatly rejected the deal as a “bill of goods,” while writing separately on a political blog that Congress needs bipartisanship. “Too often, what we are seeing isn’t an effort to find solutions, but rather insults and purely partisan politics.”

Aside from being unclear, Thomson lapses into tired platitudes about “partisan politics” that have become stale and trite to my ears.

The left-leaning Slate magazine makes the following observations, which I find to be accurate:

The myth behind the Thompson quasi-candidacy is a dangerous one that bedevils both parties: If we just get a better communicator, people will love our policies. But once Thompson enters the race, he will have to either embrace or distance himself from GOP policies, which will either ruin his chances in the general election or hurt him with his conservative supporters. In short, he’ll become just like any other candidate—something he might not like after such a big buildup. Thompson also has a reputation for not enjoying the grind of campaigning.

That last comment is something I’ve been able to intuit from having observed him lately. Moreover, this business with Thompson makes me think of what happened with John Breaux here in Louisiana. One version of the story is that Breaux opted out of the governor’s race when he learned that it would not be a cake walk.

Thus ended Breaux’s non-candidacy.

I wonder if there isn’t something similar going on with Fred Thompson.

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Some conservatives blame the “liberal media” for “inaccurate poll numbers.” But anyone who understands polling knows that Bush’s 28% approval rating isn’t off by much, if at all. From the outset of his “non-candidacy,” Thompson stood by the Bush’s decision to invade Iraq. Even among the Republican base, it’s not uncommon to hear people say they would not have supported the war knowing what they know now.Among the general public, Thompson’s (already stated) view is electoral poison.
Thompson could be in the position of John Breaux in a post- Blanco Louisiana: because of George W. Bush, a Republican victory could well be impossible.But we’ll see.
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This from a Op Ed in THE (conservative) WASHINGTON TIMES:

Mr. Thompson, who has yet to say whether he will be a candidate, has all the attributes that diehard conservatives can love: hawkish on defense, tough on spending, a Reagan tax-cutter to the core, and good on social issues.
But there are disturbing parts in his record, too, that bother many if not most conservatives, especially his support of the McCain-Feingold bill that prohibits issue advocacy groups from running TV or radio ads to express their opposition or support in the midst of an election.
On this issue, Mr. Thompson was joined at the hip with Mr. McCain….


The other disturbing part of Thompson’s record is what else he did in the Senate: virtually nothing. He led no great crusades, nor did he win any medals for leadership. In fact, when he was called to lead the investigation into illegal campaign contributions from China to President Bill Clinton’s 1996 campaign, Mr. Thompson was rolled by the Democrats.

So there you have it. My skepticism comes from the fact that Thompson has many superficial characteristics that appeal to people: he’s nearly seven feet tall with a big booming Southern drawl. But in terms of substantive policy arguments I have seen virtually nothing that leads me to believe that he’s an authentic conservative.

–Chad E. Rogers

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Susan
Susan

So far i am not sure who i will suppport for president.But in all honesty i am more worried about our state than i am about the country. No matter who becomes the next president, louisiana will still be at the bottom of the barrel.That why i am interested in seeing Bobby Jindal get elected as our new governor more than anything else.With Bobby we have a chance for a future in louisiana. Some sites out there look like the gathering of THE KLAN as they attack Bobby on everything they can say.Truth is they don`t want change,the democratic good old boys who have had power are scared to death this is the end of their control.They never have cared about louisiana and thats why we are at the bottom of the barrel. So for now let the rest of the country worry over who get`s president why we Vote Bobby Jindal and give louisiana the future our kids deserve. Closer to the election i might take a hard look at who i will vote for.

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