What the heck is Fred Thompson doing?
September 19, 2007 08:51 AM
Dick Morris has a scathing column out in which he summarizes the news Fred has generated in the few short weeks he has actually been a candidate. And it's not a pretty picture.
•He refuses to take a pledge not to raise taxes;
•He lobbied for an abortion advocacy group before becoming a U.S. senator;
•He employed his son in a no-show job for $170,000 for four years at his political action committee after leaving office;
•As a lobbyist, he helped the attorney representing the Libyan terrorists who blew up Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, to fight requests to extradite them to the U.K. to stand trial;
•His other lobbying clients included Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the leftist Haitian dictator who, but for a lack of oil, would have been the Hugo Chavez of the last generation;
•He skipped and is skipping the first two debates of his presidential candidacy and said he was looking forward to attending the Oct. 14 New Hampshire debate -- the one that was cancelled weeks ago;
•He is taking this week off from presidential campaigning;
•He does not know enough about the details of the Terry Schiavo case to comment;
•He said that Iraqis were supporting us because of al Qaeda's ban on smoking;
•He's run through three campaign managers and as many communications directors in just three months.
Ouch, ouch, ouch. Half of those I didn't even know about. Has Fred gotten any positive press? And he doesn't even mention my number one concern about Fred, which is that people will tire of the folksy talk. And get very, very annoyed.
Don't get me wrong, I like Fred. I want to believe in Fred. I just don't understand why he's not giving people a reason to. Come on Fred, make your case!
And if you want more food for thought consider Morris's next point:
Hillary is probably the next president anyway. But there is only one way to defeat her -- to nominate a candidate whose anti-terrorism credentials are so deep that if Americans return to their senses and grasp the nature of the dire and continuing threat we face, he can prevail in November. There are two candidates who fill that bill: Rudy Giuliani and John McCain. Neither Thompson nor Romney approach it.
Rudy and McCain are hardly my preferred candidates. But I think Morris may be right about the political realities.