Sunday, April 15, 2007

Not Encouraging....

I've been open to the idea of a Fred Thompson candidacy. I still am. But maybe not for much longer. From this longer Stephen Hayes piece in The Weekly Standard (click through and read the rest):
He believes that elements of the CIA were out to get Scooter Libby and his boss, Vice President Dick Cheney. Libby, though not the original leaker of the identity of CIA employee Valerie Plame, was convicted of lying and obstructing justice. "It makes me mad as the devil just to think about it," Thompson says. He had never met Libby when he volunteered to serve on the advisory board of the Scooter Libby Legal Defense Trust. Is Libby innocent? Thompson answers with one word. "Yes."
And this:
"Unfortunately, today it can't be considered in isolation, so you have to take into consideration our capabilities and our priorities worldwide right now. And unfortunately we're stretched too thin." Nonetheless, he says, the long-term objective in Iran is the same one that led to the Iraq war. "I think the bottom line with Iran is that nothing is going to change unless there is a regime change."
Give him points for not trying to hide anything, I guess. But don't say a few years from now that you're surprised by more faux-Schumpeterian adventurism if he's elected.

Then there's this worrying snippet of deja vu:
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.
A good ole boy -- the real conservative! -- with an easy southern accent everyone would love to invite to a barbecue. Remind you of anyone else?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh god--not the "guy I want to have a beer with" test again.

Look where that got us the first time...

4/15/2007 10:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd have a few beers with him and then take him out behind the bar and ice him.

We don't need those types in politics anymore.

4/15/2007 11:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm curious -- what exactly do you mean by "open to the idea of a Fred Thompson candidacy"? Do you mean you'd vote for the guy? Or do you mean open in the sense of, "he's no worse than the other yahoos"?

Me, I don't see how anyone can get around how pathetic Republican "talent" is.
-- sglover

4/16/2007 1:19 AM  
Blogger Craig said...

Why is it that the only viable Republican candidates seem to be actors pretending to be human while secretly being Republican?

Are Republicans who campaign as Republicans just that unelectable? Apparently so.

4/16/2007 1:20 AM  
Anonymous Lilybart said...

Whether this is fair or not, American women are NOT going to like Thompson's bimbo, cleavage baring, very young trophy wife.

You thought American women didn't like Hillary forgiving Bill? They will not allow a woman like this in the White House.

This will also kill Giuliani. His wife is a non-start.

4/16/2007 10:02 AM  
Anonymous Gus said...

The Southern accent thing doesn't do it for me, though it will for, well, Southerners who would probably vote Republican if Satan himself headed up the ticket.

4/16/2007 1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I've been open to the idea of a Fred Thompson candidacy. I still am."

Your head is still up your ass six years later.

4/16/2007 5:53 PM  
Anonymous goldhorder said...

Ron Paul is the only federal candidate I would show up to a voting booth for. As for the beer guy test...ohhhh...come on!!! Bush is an ivy league educated weenie from old New England money. The whole Bush rancher thing was great propaganda. Rove (if that was Rove) is clearly a political genius. Evil. But a political genius....Somehow he won the beer guy test and he isn't even man enough to handle his beer!!!!!! I amazed at Rove's genius.

4/17/2007 2:56 PM  

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