Why Fred Thompson Should Run

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Mar 23, 2007 1:04 PM
Mona Charen hits all the usual reasons in her column today. The social squishiness of Rudy, the general distaste for McCain among conservatives, and the Tsongas-voting tendencies of Romney.

So. What about that likable fellow from Tennessee? Thompson is not "just an actor" (though they said that about Reagan, and he turned out OK). He began his professional life as an assistant U.S. attorney, worked as Sen. Howard Baker's campaign manager and did a stint as co-chief counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee. It was he who asked the innocuous-sounding but momentous question of Alexander Butterfield: "Were you aware of the existence of any listening devices in the Oval Office of the president?"

After leaving Washington, he continued to practice law and slipped into acting as easily as a wagon rolls downhill. They were making a film about his legal exploits and couldn't find anyone who could do Fred Thompson as well as he did himself.

His voting record is solidly conservative. He is articulate, self-made (his father was a car salesman), highly intelligent, and exudes calm authority. His star power offers him an opening with independent voters that other candidates can only dream of, while his solid conservative credentials will excite the Republican base.

But there are better reasons to support Fred! (as Allah has dubbed him, if I'm not mistaken). 

Namely, the best campaign poster, evuh. You gotta click through for that because I didn't want to steal it and the traffic. Trust me. It's worth it.

And, while we're Fred!-fixing, how 'bout the man from Tennessee on Iraq and attorneys. And, defending Gore! Gasp!