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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Rudy and Fred

According to recent Polls, Rudy and Fred are tied for the potential Republican nomination. I like both of them. I think Fred has better conservative credentials - so do a lot of people, which is why he is tied with Rudy. However, Fred is pretty light on experience - he is little better than Hillary in that department, which in the end makes him a weaker candidate against the Democrats than Rudy or Romney.

I think the honeymoon will be over for Fred sooner rather than later.

Blogger Harsh Pencil said...


Tonight I did something I hardly ever do - I watched television. I wanted to see Fred Thompson on the Tonight Show. (By the way, how long has Jay Leno been this unfunny?)

The guy has the folksy thing down, but I'm trying to come up with the right word to describe him. Possibilities:


None of them quite give you the sense of this hound dog looking guy whose very presence could be used as a sleep aid.

Maybe I'm just in a funny mood, or he had an off night, but he just didn't seem "Presidential." It's as if he's become the wise and tired old ex-President without ever being President.

So I think I agree with Saurus.

12:14 AM, June 13, 2007  
Blogger ReTorte said...

Though I much prefer Tommy Thompson to Fred Thompson. Without looking at his voting record for one second. The core disenfranchised Reagan Republicans are psychologically looking for someone to represent "Ronald Reagan" much like people seek in a spouse "just like ___" (influential figure in their life, in this case political life).

Fred Thompson is an actor turned politician (and a relatively good actor), and Republican just as Reagan was. His best acting rolls are best summed up as short to the point factual statements (hey, he squashed Tom Cruise's energy in a movie scene once). He managed in the skillful use of language (and facts) to squash Michael Moore in such a way that no one else has been able to do just as Reagan made his debate remark about his opponent's age and lack of experience. Could be a useful skill to have against Hillary.

He's also the candidate who paired against a Hillary or O'Bama could politically and charismatically in debate crush either one. Chances are, that's why he's breaking ahead so far in the polls at this point in the race. Whether Democrat, Republican, Independent, Libertarian, people are seeking someone who can be a strong leader which will be important when the time comes for swing voters. Fred Thompson took over Gore's seat, so he's going to have that going for him with the swingers. As for the physically attractive factor of the three O'Bama is the only one who has a chance in that area for the "who looks the best" vote (it worked for Bill).

Alas, I'm still holding out hope for Tommy Thompson to come through.

1:50 PM, June 19, 2007  

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