Cole Thomas addresses the man I believe could be the next Ronald Reagan. Fred Thompson, in my opinion, is not only a wonderful actor (Die Hard, Law & Order, etc), he is the only conservative candidate that has a chance at defeating Hillary R. Clinton. This is a really good piece. ~EC~
I have no idea whether Fred Thompson, a former senator from Tennessee, will run for the Republican nomination for president, but he should. He has Ronald Reagan’s communication skills and speaks plainly in ways most people can understand. Anyone who has listened to him substitute for Paul Harvey on ABC News Radio senses that, in this, he follows in Reagan’s footsteps. Radio is an intimate medium. People who are able to connect with a radio audience often can connect on TV and in person. Thompson, the actor, plays other people. On radio and in news interviews, he “plays” himself. He conveys Middle American, common sense values. When he is asked a question, he doesn’t sound as if he’s giving a poll-tested pabulum answer. Agree or not, his statements spring from conviction.
In an interview with Fox’s Chris Wallace in March, Thompson gave refreshingly direct answers to questions.
» On Iraq: “We’re the leader of the free world whether we like it or not. People are looking to us to test our resolve. People think that if we hadn’t gone down there (to Iraq), things would have been lovely.”If Saddam Hussein were still around today with his sons looking at Iran developing a nuclear capability, he undoubtedly would have reconstituted his nuclear capability. Things would be worse than they are today.” Yes, we made mistakes in Iraq, Thompson says: “We went in there too light, wrong rules of engagement, wrong strategy, placed too much emphasis on just holding things in place while we built up the Iraqi army, took longer than we figured. Wars are full of mistakes. You rectify things. I think we’re doing that now.”
» On abortion: “Pro-life,” he said. “I think Roe v. Wade was bad law and bad medical science. And the way to address that is through good judges.”
» On gay rights: “I think that we ought to be a tolerant nation. I think we ought to be tolerant people. But we shouldn’t set up special categories for anybody. Marriage is between a man and a woman, and I don’t believe judges ought to come along and change that.” As for “civil unions,” Thompson thinks it should be left up to the states.
» On gun control: Thompson is “against it generally.”
Thompson is a member of the advisory committee for the Libby Legal Defense Trust, which supports Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, who is appealing his perjury conviction. Thompson told Wallace if he were president, he would pardon Libby immediately: “This is a trial that never would have been brought in any other part of the world. This is a miscarriage of justice.”
Thompson also doesn’t appear to be lusting after the job as if he needs it for his self-image. This, too, is much like Reagan, who knew who he was before becoming president and was the same after he left office.It’s said of Thompson that he always has “answered the call” of his country, whether it was serving as minority counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee or in other capacities, including United States senator. Some political “experts” think it’s almost too late for any new candidate to announce for president. Actually, waiting might be the best strategy for these Republicans. Conservative Republicans are restless about what they regard as a weak field. They want someone who can take on Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama and win.
Thompson thinks he can afford to wait until he again hears “the call.”