Fred Thompson???

From wikipedia:

There was speculation that Thompson would run for Governor of Tennessee in 2006, but he declined to run against the popular Governor Phil Bredesen. There recently has been a movement to encourage Thompson to run for President in 2008. He has not announced a run but has said he will “leave the door open”[10]. On March 11, 2007, Thompson said on Fox News Sunday that he has not ruled out running for president.

On March 19, 2007, Thompson took over 50 percent in an online straw poll on conservative website, handily beating the candidate he supported in 2000, John McCain, as well as Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich. A few days later, a Rasmussen Reports poll had him ahead of Senator Hillary Clinton with 44 percent to Clinton’s 43 percent (a statistical tie, given margin of error)[11]. His wife, Jeri, is also encouraging him to run.

On March 27, 2007, a USA Today/Gallup [1] poll placed Thompson in third place among Republican candidates with 12%. According to Gallup, Thompson’s support was drawn primarily from Guiliani supporters, evidenced by Guiliani’s drop of 13% from the previous poll. This indicates that Thompson’s yet-to-be-announced candidacy may be more viable than previously thought, and his support could increase dramatically upon an announcement that he will seek the office in 2008. However, some pundits argue that the longer he waits to announce, the less likely his chances become of securing the Republican nomination.

This does raise the interesting question for me, which is: Who the Hell is Fred Thompson?  Apparently he was a Senator, filling out the term left over from Al Gore, and won a full term fairly easily.  He didn’t run for anything in 2002, though he would have won something had he wanted to, thus he pursued his much more important career on the tv series Law and Order, and the two spin-offs — I think one of them is entitled Law and Order Jaywalking Unit?

Thompson is also a special program host and senior analyst for ABC News Radio and fills in for Paul Harvey.

Is there a “Draft Paul Harvey” movement, and if not why not?

Fred Thompson exists in a vacuum of discontent with the politicians of McCain, Giuliani, and Romney.  I suppose he is a more viable election figure than Martin Sheen — or Jed Bartlet — would be for the Democrats, (in Sheen’s case, the support is for the character he plays — I don’t know what Thompson plays — does he play a hard-nosed prosecutor who shuns away the CRAP of Bureucracy or something?) and I suppose we should be thinking outside the box for our presidential hopefuls (He has a career of the traditional presidential aspirant type, and a career not of the traditional presidential aspirant type).  His support remains telling, and that is about what one can say about him.

2 Responses to “Fred Thompson???”

  1. Jim Kent Says:

    What a difference a day makes……sorta sounds musical…
    oh by the way, did Martin Sheen rank pretty close to John Edwards or the un-announced Algore @ 13%?…..who the hell is the Jed Bartlet….I’m just a dumb mid-western hayseed.
    thanks for your reply

  2. Justin Says:

    Fred Thompson does possibly answer a riddle of how the Republican Electorate can elect one of the three candidates that make up the front-runner-list, all of them requiring the Republicans to close their eyes and pretend that they don’t see something or other. Perhaps they won’t, and will nominate Fred Thompson.

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