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Lights, Camera . . . Candidacy?
OpinionJournal.com ^ | March 17, 2007 | John Fund

Posted on 03/16/2007 9:25:07 PM PDT by gpapa

Fred Thompson is shaking up the GOP presidential field. And he's not even running yet.

BY JOHN FUND
Saturday, March 17, 2007 12:01 a.m. EDT

NEW YORK--"Expect her to recount every moment of her ordeal," the savvy district attorney mused to his deputy. "There won't be a dry eye in the jury."

"That's a take!" says a director of the hit NBC series "Law and Order." With that, Fred Thompson, the former U.S. senator from Tennessee who has played "strict constructionist" prosecutor Arthur Branch for the past four years, walks back with me to his dressing room to talk about a new role he might soon be undertaking: surprise Republican presidential candidate.

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1 posted on 03/16/2007 9:25:08 PM PDT by gpapa
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To: gpapa

I'd vote for him.


2 posted on 03/16/2007 9:27:44 PM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: gpapa

If he runs, I think it just may be Thompson.

He's a good speaker - and would make a good candidate. And, more to the point, I think he's the one candidate who would be acceptable to a majority of the party and outright unacceptable to, well, pretty much no one.


3 posted on 03/16/2007 9:33:14 PM PDT by furquhart (Gingrich for President)
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To: gpapa
His first statement needs to be that he changed his mind on McCain Feingold even if McCain is still in the race.
4 posted on 03/16/2007 9:33:30 PM PDT by msnimje (True Conservatives will not support a pro-abortion candidate.)
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To: neodad

me too, in a heartbeat!


5 posted on 03/16/2007 9:38:24 PM PDT by FethFiada
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To: gpapa

RUN FRED RUN !

RUN FRED RUN !

RUN FRED RUN !

RUN FRED RUN !


6 posted on 03/16/2007 9:39:30 PM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem - Ps 122:6)
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To: gpapa
J.C. Watts, an Oklahoma congressman from 1995 to 2003, has endorsed him: "I define Fred Thompson as AC, what's AC? All class."

Good development.

7 posted on 03/16/2007 9:42:03 PM PDT by Mojave
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To: furquhart
No, he isn't "the one candidate who would be acceptable to the majority of the party". Unlike you, a lot of us know his flaws and aren't impressed by the fact that he's an actor with a good voice.

Just what do you know about the man's record? You and others need to take a look at at and also you all need to learn just what it takes to win a primary.

BTW, if Jon Glen could easily roll Fred, the Clintons and even Obama, will find it a piece of cake to do him in.

8 posted on 03/16/2007 9:52:22 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: jellybean

<<< PINGING >>>>>
Fred Thompson List


9 posted on 03/16/2007 9:53:03 PM PDT by Optimist (I think I'm beginning to see a pattern here.)
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To: nopardons
Unlike you, a lot of us know his flaws

Lemme guess - he's not Rudy (swoon)- he's not Rudy (swoon)- he's not Rudy (swoon)- he's not Rudy (swoon)- he's not Rudy (swoon)- he's not Rudy (swoon)

10 posted on 03/16/2007 9:56:38 PM PDT by Mojave
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To: Mojave

Nope, perhaps you need to actually look at hid record and the facts, instead of YOU swooning over someone you apparently know almost nothing about.


11 posted on 03/16/2007 10:08:55 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: nopardons

Sooooo! RG has no flaws at all, eh?


12 posted on 03/16/2007 10:16:05 PM PDT by gpapa (Boost FR Traffic! Make FR your home page!)
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To: nopardons
you need to actually look at hid record

You mean like promoting abortion, perversion and gun grabbing? No, wait, that's Rudy the Rat in RINO's clothing.

13 posted on 03/16/2007 10:16:53 PM PDT by Mojave
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To: gpapa

I hope he runs. The more the better. Nothing like igniting the GOP with a full field of candidates.


14 posted on 03/16/2007 10:18:57 PM PDT by onyx (DEFEAT Hillary Clinton, Marxist, student of Saul Alinsky & ally and beneficiary of Soros.)
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To: gpapa
Everyone has flaws! :-)

It's just that those yearning for the GREAT WHITE CONSERVATIVE HOPE, refuse to see the flaws in those whom they hope and pray will be their "deliverer".

15 posted on 03/16/2007 10:24:02 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: gpapa; Howlin; carlo3b; girlangler; KoRn; Shortstop7; Lunatic Fringe; beyond the sea; Darnright; ...
And he is shaking up the race. Every GOP candidate is nervously watching the reaction to his possible entry. J.C. Watts, an Oklahoma congressman from 1995 to 2003, has endorsed him: "I define Fred Thompson as AC, what's AC? All class."

Sign the Fred Thompson for President Petiton

Join the Draft Fred Thompson Bandwagon


▲ Click the box to see where he stands on the issues. ▲

If you'd like to be added to the Fred Thompson list, let Howlin or me know.

16 posted on 03/16/2007 10:25:23 PM PDT by jellybean (FRED THOMPSON FOR PRESIDENT! Proud to be an Ann-droid and a Steyn-aholic)
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To: nopardons
GREAT WHITE CONSERVATIVE HOPE

Rudy's black?

17 posted on 03/16/2007 10:25:44 PM PDT by Mojave
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To: Mojave
No, I mean like being a McCainiac and who was rolled by John Glenn and the rest of the Dems, when he chaired a Congressional Hearing, has no executive experience, and whose mentor was Howard Baker...for starters.

And since he's being coy, how can you take him seriously?

18 posted on 03/16/2007 10:27:26 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: Mojave

Obviously the term is not one you understand. Pity that......


19 posted on 03/16/2007 10:28:26 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: nopardons
I watched the Senate hearings on Ruby Ridge (all of them, in detail). The one where the Senator told Senator swienstien that she could shoot at him with a 9mm parabellum weapon from 2.5 miles away... He did everything but call her out.

The Senator earned my respect a LONG time ago...

He's my vote. If he runs.

/johnny

20 posted on 03/16/2007 10:29:11 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Yes, I'm grumpy, And?)
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To: nopardons
No, I mean like being a McCainiac

Giuliani told Wolf Blitzer that he was a "very, very strong supporter of Campaign Finance Reform," adding that he'd been "a very strong supporter of McCain-Feingold for a long, long time now."

21 posted on 03/16/2007 10:30:02 PM PDT by Mojave
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To: nopardons

I recognize FT's flaws. Do you recognize RG's?


22 posted on 03/16/2007 10:34:35 PM PDT by gpapa (Boost FR Traffic! Make FR your home page!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

That should prove to be interesting, when he doesn't run. ;^)


23 posted on 03/16/2007 10:35:24 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: Mojave
But he never campaigned for McCaine and Fred did. Fred also worked very hard to get McCain-Fiengold passed.There's a difference between "liking" something ( and that really isn't exactly what Rudy said ) and helping to make it a reality.
24 posted on 03/16/2007 10:37:54 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: gpapa
Yes; I recognize everyone's flaws and strengths. Do you, do you really?
25 posted on 03/16/2007 10:38:47 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: nopardons
No problem with that... If someone better comes along, I'll vote for him or her.

But the Senator has my support, if he chooses to run. I understand moving slow on a big decision.

This is the primaries. Lets us see what shakes out....

/johnny

26 posted on 03/16/2007 10:39:21 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Yes, I'm grumpy, And?)
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To: nopardons
And thank you for your partisan activism.... That's what we're all about in a free republic. It ain't pretty.

/johnny

27 posted on 03/16/2007 10:42:08 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Yes, I'm grumpy, And?)
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To: nopardons
But he never campaigned for McCaine

But he's been "a very strong supporter of McCain-Feingold for a long, long time now."

Keep digging.

28 posted on 03/16/2007 10:42:08 PM PDT by Mojave
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To: JRandomFreeper
A major problem is "moving slowly"! You don't open your mouth, until you decide and you don't play this "coy" game, if you are serious.

I can't wait to see who the next "pop-up" is going to be.

29 posted on 03/16/2007 10:42:52 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: nopardons

" Unlike you, a lot of us know his flaws and aren't impressed by the fact that he's an actor with a good voice.?

Do you base that on you being an idiot? Well?...


30 posted on 03/16/2007 10:43:06 PM PDT by babygene (Never look into the laser with your last good eye...)
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To: nopardons

Absolutely.


31 posted on 03/16/2007 10:44:21 PM PDT by gpapa (Boost FR Traffic! Make FR your home page!)
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To: onyx; jellybean; Txsleuth; Mo1; SE Mom; All

"Mr. Thompson says that while a senator he was long concerned with U.S. intelligence failures. "The CIA has better politicians than it has spies," he says, referring to the internecine turf wars that have been a feature of the Bush administration.

A key problem, Mr. Thompson notes, is a general lack of accountability in government, where no one pays any price for failure. When asked about President Bush's awarding the Medal of Freedom to outgoing CIA Director George Tenet after U.S. intelligence failures in Iraq became apparent, he shakes his head: "I just didn't understand that."

The next president, according to Mr. Thompson, needs to exercise strong leadership "and get down in the weeds and fix a civil-service system that makes it too hard to hire good employees and too hard to fire bad ones."

He doesn't offer specifics on what to do, but notes the "insanity" of the new Congress pushing for the unionization of homeland security employees only five years after it rejected the notion in the wake of 9/11. "Should we tie ourselves up in bureaucratic knots with the challenges we may have to face?" he asks in wonderment."

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I hope he gets in .. give it your best shot, Fred! "Might have beens" sting.


32 posted on 03/16/2007 10:45:15 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: nopardons
Problem for who? Probably not the Senator.

Problem for other candidates? Maybe. Smart southron boys hold their cards close to their vests..

I can sit and wait.

/johnny

33 posted on 03/16/2007 10:46:06 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Yes, I'm grumpy, And?)
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To: babygene

baby, why don't you just go back to pulling wings off insects?
That's about your speed.


34 posted on 03/16/2007 10:47:48 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: gpapa

Good.


35 posted on 03/16/2007 10:48:14 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: STARWISE

I'd like to see him run for nomination too. The more the better and there's a lot to like in Fred Thompson.


36 posted on 03/16/2007 10:49:25 PM PDT by onyx (DEFEAT Hillary Clinton, Marxist, student of Saul Alinsky & ally and beneficiary of Soros.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Problem for other candidates?

You'll notice how Thompson has the Rudy supporters in a blind panic.

37 posted on 03/16/2007 10:50:33 PM PDT by Mojave
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To: JRandomFreeper
Yes, you can sit and wait; however, candidates can't...especially now with 22 states all having their primaries on or about February 5, 2008.
38 posted on 03/16/2007 10:50:56 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: nopardons
Here's the problem you have nopardons... Even if you were right and Rudy secured the nomination and later the presidency, the people on this forum would still dislike you and consider you a traitor for forcing a liberal on us.

Is that clear?
39 posted on 03/16/2007 10:51:42 PM PDT by babygene (Never look into the laser with your last good eye...)
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To: nopardons
I can't wait to see who the next "pop-up" is going to be.

How about william richardson? Hon. Gov. of NM? I expect him to pop up hard after hitlery and obama self-destruct...

And truth be told... I don't want the honorable governor as our next president. Really.

/johnny

40 posted on 03/16/2007 10:52:51 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Yes, I'm grumpy, And?)
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To: Mojave
mmmmh hmmmm... yeppers.

/johnny

41 posted on 03/16/2007 10:54:06 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Yes, I'm grumpy, And?)
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To: nopardons
"baby, why don't you just go back to pulling wings off insects?"

That's a rather bazaar thing to say... Are your kids OK? Maybe we should call CPS.
42 posted on 03/16/2007 10:57:57 PM PDT by babygene (Never look into the laser with your last good eye...)
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To: nopardons
Yes, you can sit and wait; however, candidates can't...especially now with 22 states all having their primaries on or about February 5, 2008

Yep, and since they get some money from me... I figure I'll sit and wait... And smart candidates might as well...

/johnny

43 posted on 03/16/2007 10:58:04 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Yes, I'm grumpy, And?)
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To: gpapa

President Fred Thompson........hmmmmmmmm.....has a nice ring to it.


44 posted on 03/16/2007 11:12:22 PM PDT by screaming eagle2 (No matter what you call it,a pre-owned vehicle is still a USED CAR!)
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To: Mojave

The perfect ticket....Thompson/Watts....what do y'all think


45 posted on 03/16/2007 11:13:48 PM PDT by screaming eagle2 (No matter what you call it,a pre-owned vehicle is still a USED CAR!)
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To: babygene
That's right, baby, I have all the power; it is my choice who is president and who isn't! /massive sarcasm

Obviously nothing is "clear" to you; least of all who likes me , who doesn't, and whether it matters to me or not. :-)

46 posted on 03/16/2007 11:15:51 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: screaming eagle2
Watts? That LEFTY? From Oklahoma? /sarc

I'm good for a few $$s

I could see that ticket...

/johnny

47 posted on 03/16/2007 11:16:26 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Yes, I'm grumpy, And?)
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To: JRandomFreeper
That isn't what I was talking about at all.

OTOH, I don't want him to be president either; nor do I want him to be the VEEP, with Hillary as president. That is far more likely the ticket, than Hillary and Obama.

48 posted on 03/16/2007 11:17:50 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: nopardons

Fred has flaws, sure, but he's better than Rudy in every possible aspect - can you dispute that?


49 posted on 03/16/2007 11:18:07 PM PDT by RockinRight ("After two years in Washington, I often long for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood." - FDT)
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To: RockinRight

http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/poll?poll=175;results=1


50 posted on 03/16/2007 11:21:52 PM PDT by Mojave
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