Saturday, September 08, 2007
I'm with Fred
Well, folks, I can't help myself. This is supposed to be primarily a theological blog, etc., but it also gets personal sometimes, as you know. And political here and there, which drives some of you nuts. But that, I believe, is part of what blogs are about, saying what's on your mind. And I have to say, I'm really thrilled about this Fred Thompson guy.
I was toying with the idea of taking an hour drive up to Davenport today to meet him, and I should have, because my son Peter did, and was thoroughly impressed. It was a rather small gathering, as he was en route to New Hampshire. Count me jealous. I should have gone. Nuts.
Fred Thompson is the most exciting candidate for president I've seen since . . . well, since Ronald the Great himself. Finally, another guy who not only gets it, but knows how to communicate it.
You can check out his announcement here.
The planets are aligned perfectly. Nobody's too excited about the Republican lineup, and even less (than nobody?) is excited about the Demoncratic contenders. The field is wide open: people are all kind of jittery about Hillary (Democrats too, I think: they have to know that she's as Machiavellian as they get, and that's scary). People are also less than thrilled about the Republican hopefuls, none of which seems to be, both socially and politically, a true conservative.
Cue Fred on the white horse. Or is that a pickup truck, like the one he used to win in Tennessee? Yes, Tennessee, you know, the state where Al Gore's own energy-guzzling home is. He once won a senate seat there, and handily.
People complain that he upstaged the Republican debate. And I say, So? There are waaay too many debates these days. And as Fred himself said, who's going to say: I like him, but he entered the race too late . . .?
Now it's true that the Wall Street Journal is editorializing that he has to be more than a "populist" candidate, rather implying that that is all he might be. But I think he's the real deal. I've read many interviews, and I've heard him speak. I've studied this guy a bit.
He is, I think, another Great Communicator, which is exactly what we need (something our current President isn't). His acting career will help him, just as was the case with Reagan. He seems to have a knack for knowing how to say what needs to be said, when it needs to be said. I like that a lot.
People are going to like what they see in him, I think. I hope. I envision a campaign making steady gains and overtaking everyone. I envision a Newsweek headline that reads: President Thompson. That would make my day.