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The Actor: [Is Fred Thompson] just playing a part?
New York Magazine ^ | Stephen Rodrick

Posted on 07/24/2007 6:45:38 AM PDT by indcons

Fred Thompson is laying on the southern-fried charm. It’s a tire-melting afternoon in June, and the son of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, turned two-term United States senator, Law & Order star, and now almost Republican presidential candidate has just arrived at the Clarion Townhouse hotel in Columbia, South Carolina, for a state-party fund-raiser. A crush of reporters has swarmed him, one of whom has just asked if today will be the day Thompson makes things official. Thompson delivers his honey-smooth reply as if on cue. “I’m just testing the waters, but the water is pretty warm,” he says as he plows toward the ballroom.

Inside, his wife, Jeri, and 3-year-old daughter, Hayden, hug Thompson. The family settles on the dais and is consumed in a lightning storm of flash photography. The six-foot-five, cigar-smoking Thompson’s calling card is his cozy, avuncular folksiness, and he seems nothing if not at home here among his people. Jeri is a formidable woman—a former Senate staffer and spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee who is said to be the true force behind her husband’s decision to run and a key operative in his campaign. She also happens to be blonde, gorgeous, and two dozen years younger than her husband. She is dressed today in a purple skirt cut an inch or so above the knees that has definitely caught the attention of the locals. Hayden, saucer-eyed and adorable in a flower-print dress, smiles shyly. Thompson is only 64, but the family tableau makes him look a bit old and wan.

(Excerpt) Read more at nymag.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: actor; elections2008; fred; fredthompson
I merely posting this article here for discussion and to learn FReepers' valuable opinions.
1 posted on 07/24/2007 6:45:39 AM PDT by indcons
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To: indcons

This article reads an awful lot like one I read in late 1979 with Reagan substituted for Thompson. The article conveniently calls Thompson and actor and ignores the fact that before he became an actor, he was—and still is—an accomplished attorney.


2 posted on 07/24/2007 6:49:24 AM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: indcons

If Hillary can play a black southerner....


3 posted on 07/24/2007 6:51:26 AM PDT by tsmith130
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To: MIchaelTArchangel
The New York press corps know who to be afraid of.

Go Fred Go~~!

4 posted on 07/24/2007 6:55:42 AM PDT by Weeedley
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To: indcons

Ain’t we all just playing a part?


5 posted on 07/24/2007 6:55:47 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: indcons

I didn’t bother reading the article after looking at the headline. It’s as Yogi said years ago “Deja Vu all over again”.

Remember them attacking Reagan? Why bother reading it all over again? Waste of time.


6 posted on 07/24/2007 6:58:51 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...call 'em what you will...They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: indcons
Wow, 6 posts and no “But Fred’s just a pro abortion, Clinton loving, lightweight bum. yada, yada yada...”

Hum, they are slipping...

Oh well, Ron Paul is going to win the primary anyways ;-)

7 posted on 07/24/2007 6:59:23 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (Hillary has already beat Rudy, She is the better cross-dresser.)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel
The article conveniently calls Thompson and actor and ignores the fact that before he became an actor, he was—and still is—an accomplished attorney.

And that's a selling point? He holds dual memberships in the Hollywood Club and the Lawyers Club?

8 posted on 07/24/2007 7:02:47 AM PDT by Perchant
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To: tsmith130
Ahhve' come too farrrrr ta' be tired... ”
9 posted on 07/24/2007 7:03:10 AM PDT by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: Perchant
Damn, missed by one... Yeah, he's an actor lawyer. What worse, as an actor, he has played a lawyer...
10 posted on 07/24/2007 7:06:45 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (Hillary has already beat Rudy, She is the better cross-dresser.)
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To: Perchant
“And that’s a selling point? He holds dual memberships in the Hollywood Club and the Lawyers Club?”

And the Federalist club and the gun club and...

Must scare the poo out of the liberals?

11 posted on 07/24/2007 7:08:28 AM PDT by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super Walmart for news .)
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To: ejonesie22

Oh, wait they are busy here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1870737/posts


12 posted on 07/24/2007 7:11:56 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (Hillary has already beat Rudy, She is the better cross-dresser.)
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To: indcons
and he seems nothing if not at home here among his people. Jeri is a formidable woman—a former Senate staffer and spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee who is said to be the true force behind her husband’s decision to run and a key operative in his campaign. She also happens to be blonde, gorgeous, and two dozen years younger than her husband. She is dressed today in a purple skirt cut an inch or so above the knees that has definitely caught the attention of the locals..

Courtesy Comment:

This is a typical low level hit piece article written in the same smugness that exemplifies the mentality of many New Yorkers.

I gather from some of the observations by the writer that Thompsons people are not his people, so to speak...

A further observation about the words chosen by the writer to describe Thompsons visit to South Carolina.

These particular words about Thompson and his family would lead any one with common logical sense to believe the limp wristed boy from New York may be just a little light in the pantaloons.

13 posted on 07/24/2007 7:13:53 AM PDT by OKIEDOC (Kalifornia, a red state wannabe. I don't take Ex Lax I just read the New York Times.)
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To: indcons

As an accomplished actor, how will we know until after the fact?


14 posted on 07/24/2007 7:19:11 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: indcons
Kind of wish Fred would declare, sooner or later the "almost-a-candidate" act is going to wear thin.

Eventually people are going to start saying, "C'mon Fred, it's time to sh!t or get off the pot." There's a danger of looking indecisive.

OTOH, it is summer and nobody cares that much about politics now. In fact, there's a widespread uninterest and lethargy about politics: the immigration debate, defeatism about Iraq, the whole Iraq imbrolio, etc have turned a lot of people off. The whole political forum has a bad smell. Declaring now might therefore have minimal effect. Wonder what others think?

15 posted on 07/24/2007 7:22:01 AM PDT by ishmac
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To: indcons
"Jeri is a formidable woman..."

Now she's formidable? I wonder if they are feeling a little backlash for pushing the "trophy wife" label.

16 posted on 07/24/2007 7:34:06 AM PDT by GBA (God Bless America!)
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To: indcons

I love the smell of Democrat fear in the air in the morning...it smells like...victory.


17 posted on 07/24/2007 7:40:59 AM PDT by TennTuxedo
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To: Beagle8U
And the Federalist club and the gun club and...

...the Margaret Carlson Club? I keed. It's a good thing that he broke it off with Margaret because I don't think Republicans would accept her as first lady. I wonder if they ever double-dated with the Carvilles.

18 posted on 07/24/2007 8:02:15 AM PDT by Perchant
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To: indcons
Don't care that Fred's an actor, do care about today's development however:

Billing Records show Fred DID lobby for Abortion group; Pro-Fred blog apologizes to LA Times
19 posted on 07/24/2007 8:05:02 AM PDT by Old_Mil (Duncan Hunter in 2008! A Veteran, A Patriot, A Reagan Republican... http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: Perchant
I think she was one that chased him without ever catching.
20 posted on 07/24/2007 8:11:52 AM PDT by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super Walmart for news .)
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To: Perchant
He holds dual memberships in the Hollywood Club and the Lawyers Club?

He's been a Senator, too. Is that helping?;^)

21 posted on 07/24/2007 8:13:27 AM PDT by LexBaird (PR releases are the Chinese dog food of political square meals.)
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To: Old_Mil

I’m sure you have all the details including the records for us to examine????


22 posted on 07/24/2007 8:36:35 AM PDT by BillM
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To: Old_Mil

Then join the party, go to the link in my post 12...


23 posted on 07/24/2007 8:36:43 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (Hillary has already beat Rudy, She is the better cross-dresser.)
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To: Beagle8U
I think she was one that chased him without ever catching.

Better find out because if Fred and Margaret spent the "quality time" together, you can be certain that Fred will be spending the final weeks before election day fighting accusations, real or imagined, coming from Carlson's mouth. Unless she actually supports Fred's run which would be even more alarming. It's very poor judgment to associate with the enemy.

And what is it with lib journalists trying to latch onto conservative men? Wasn't Maureen Dowd after Rush Limbaugh at one point? Can't they find any heterosexual men amongst their own political persuasion?

24 posted on 07/24/2007 8:37:45 AM PDT by Perchant
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Will he run? Won't he? Will he? Won't he? Will he?
Oh the hand-wringing dilema!
The truth is that he's waited too long. It is amazing that he's in the polls without even declaring, but it's all just a bunch of hype. I'm sure Fred is a nice guy and all that, but he won't be the next President. And this "testing the waters" line is way old now. It makes Fred look indecisive and unsure.
And with him <possibly> in the Race, he could hand the moleHill the White House.

I'm not chancin' that.
Rudy Giuliani will be voted in as President. It's the only right thing to do, for a man who is the best man for the job.

25 posted on 07/24/2007 8:59:37 AM PDT by TheBridge
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To: Hegewisch Dupa
Ain’t we all just playing a part?

All the world's a stage...

26 posted on 07/24/2007 10:14:42 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: johnny7

Ah knows whutcha tawkin’ ‘bout.


27 posted on 07/24/2007 10:18:55 AM PDT by Eastbound
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To: MIchaelTArchangel
This article reads an awful lot like one I read in late 1979 with Reagan substituted for Thompson.

One big difference. Reagan was strongly engaged with the conservative cause throughout his career. I mean Thompson was barely a blip on the political radar during his term in office. Even out of office, Reagan was highly active in politics. I remember listening to his radio commentary quite often.

28 posted on 07/24/2007 3:58:39 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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