Tuesday, May 22, 2007

That's it, Fred Thompson is simply not allowed to run in 2008

I know the conservative blogs are clamoring all over themselves to get Law and Order's Fred Thompson to run for the Republican Presidential nom in 2008. I can't really figure out why, seeing as how many bloggers and members of the media have pointed out that he has numerous skeletons in his closet and that he really would not be the best choice. Of course, I cannot really fault anyone for being bummed about their party's current choice of candidates, since I am certainly not impressed with the frontrunners on the Democratic side. However, I have decided that Fred Thompson is simply not allowed to run for President of the United States. Why? He would be putting the entire cast and crew of the critically acclaimed Law and Order franchise at risk. From a comment by AIAW over at Mason Conservative:

If Fred Thompson runs, and I think he will, the announcement will be after the Law and Order season. It's not frivilous or self-serving. He has contractual obligations and as soon as he announces, any episodes he's in will get pulled, at least, from network t.v. It'll be interesting to see what the cable stations do.

Anyway, it would not be ethical to leave NBC, the producers and the rest of the cast in the lurch at the end of their season. So, hold tight :)

Posted by: Anonymousisawoman | May 21, 2007 at 09:32 PM
That's that. Thompson equals dunzo. Why should the entire Law and Order franchise have to suffer through his run for President, lose millions on syndication and replacement of his character, only for him to either lose the nom race altogether, or win the nom and then lose to the Democratic nom? This seems silly.

He should do what he does well, which is act like a conservative DA in a very liberal city. Plus, his wife looks better on the red carpet than she will on Air Force One.

UPDATE: If you have any doubt that Dems will win the Presidential race in 08, please take a look at this and explain to me why the republicans are...well, they are broke compared to the Dems. You can't win if you don't have the cash.


Anonymous Jeremy said...

The only way Republicans can win is either (a) dirty tricks, or (b) Ron Paul. Paul is different and anti-war enough to really instigate a sea change in the conservative base. I'm not sure there's enough principle in the Republican Party left to call upon, but any that does exist could enable a Paul victory on the G.O.P. ticket.

Haven't we gotten to the point already where parties don't matter? The Democrats are not fielding very good candidates - I mean, being able to beat the Republicans in this political climate is not in and of itself a qualification for a President. Hell, a tree could beat most G.O.P. candidates nowadays.

However, the Democrats always find new and interesting ways to blow elections. Let's see what happens this time!

10:50 AM  
Blogger AnonymousIsAWoman said...


I was surprised to see my comment from Mason Conservative quoted. And I was a bit flattered - thanks!

But I wouldn't be quick to rule out Fred Thompson. Chris Cilliza, over at the Fix, only had it half right. Thompson has been out of politics for 13 years, but he's kept his hand in. He serves on various boards and think tanks, working on foreign policy and trade issues. And he was part of the team that prepared Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts for his Senate confirmation hearings.

In addition, Thompson could raise the money he needs because he has the backing of Howard Baker's powerful Tennessee machine. In fact Baker is behind the "Draft Fred Thompson" campaign.

Besides, Thompson has one powerful trump card from history. He served as Baker's counsel on the Senate Watergate Committee and is the one who asked the famous question, "What did they know and when did they know it?" Can you imagine that being in a political ad?

By the way, I'm not proud to admit it but I was one of those writing in favor of a Thompson run on a conservative blog :)

My point was that he's the one Democrats need to be afraid of when we make our choice of candidate. We need somebody who can stand up to a possible Thompson candidacy.

I'm not saying he'd be a good president. I still don't think Reagan was. But like Reagan, he can hit his mark (you're an actor, you know what that means), and deliver his lines convincingly. And he has that folksy charisma and a good narrative.

Let's not develop false confidence. Jeremy is right. We can always count on our fellow Democrats to find new and interesting ways to blow elections.

In other words, if Bob Shrum, Tad Davine or Mary Beth Cahill show up on anybody's staff, I'm outta here!

7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

US President Tim Kalemkarian, US Senate Tim Kalemkarian, US House Tim Kalemkarian: best major candidate.

11:08 AM  

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