Monday, March 05, 2007

President Thompson...?

The rumors are flying all over the blogosphere that Fred Dalton Thompson is considering a run for the Presidency. Some have said that Thompson is strongly considering the idea and that the prospects are promising that Thompson may run. There are other reputable sources who say it is not likely to happen.

It has been pointed out by some that
Fred Thompson is an establishment man, and would be a candidate of the Party establishment if he ran. Oh, Thompson would definately be someone the establishment could stomach, that is very true. He did, after all, run Howard Baker's re-election campaign in 1972. Thompson is not a liberal by any stretch, however. It was Thompson, after all, who was chosen by the White House to shepherd the nomination of Chief Justice John Roberts through the Senate, largely because Thompson could charm a snake into doing what he wants.

Some have pointed to Thompson's previous endorsement of
John McCain as evidence that he is not a conservative. I do not agree, largely because it ought to be remembered that McCain's 2000 campaign was more of an anti-Bush campaign than it was an establishment campaign. In spite of McCain's hollow support from Democrats, he ran in 2000 as a pro-life pro-gun anti-Bush conservative-McCain even made the statement in the run-up to the 2000 Michigan Primary that he was more pro-life than Bush (and openly courted pro-life Catholic voters in that State). McCain won the Michigan Primary.

Thompson has stated that he believes
Roe v. Wade ought to be overturned and the abortion question left to the States to decide, and this is a position that appeals both to pro-life voters as well as some on the other side as well. He also opposes gun control and has a reputation as a strict constructionist when it comes to Constitutional interpretation.

In researching the matter on the internet, I discovered that a Thompson for President website does indeed exist (not
this unofficial one), but note that if you click on it you need authorization to even enter the site. This leads me to believe that something is indeed up with the rumor that Thompson is considering a run for the Presidency. Consideration of doing something does not always lead to taking action on one's considerations, so I do not believe that there is any way that we can say Thompson will run. Similarly, I cannot say that I will endorse Fred Thompson unless or until I hear his personal platform as a candidate-and then I would make that decision.

What can be said is that Fred Thompson running for President would suddenly change the complexion of the campaign. I believe a lot of folks who thought they were unrepresented in the GOP field would go great guns for Fred Thompson. For that reason he would immediately become a dark horse for the nomination. We did pretty well the
last time an actor ran as a Republican candidate, as I recall.



At Monday, March 05, 2007 4:50:00 PM, Blogger Bill said...

Here's to hoping Thompson is as good as you have preliminarily found he is, Dave.

At Monday, March 05, 2007 5:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said... is owned by Robby Clapper.

c/o Network Solutions
P.O. Box 447
Herndon, VA 20172-0447

Don't know whoe is in TN. politics

At Monday, March 05, 2007 11:26:00 PM, Blogger Deacon David Oatney said...

I found out Mr. Clapper is a student at UT-Martin. (This was on my radio show)-is he involved in the Party in some way? Don't know...

At Tuesday, March 06, 2007 4:29:00 AM, Blogger Sharon Cobb said...

I've known Fred since the mid 80s.
Great guy.
Not running.
Consider me a reputable source.
Sorry. :(

At Friday, March 09, 2007 10:20:00 AM, Blogger Deacon David Oatney said...

I do consider you a reputable source, so would you care to find out why Fred isn't putting the brakes on the rumor? It is getting more teeth in many conservative quarters by the hour...


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