Skip to comments.Are the Themes in Thompson's Speeches New, or Are They Just New To Us?
Posted on 08/27/2007 3:35:52 PM PDT by SE Mom
Are the Themes in Thompson's Speeches New, or Are They Just New To Us?
The reaction to that Saturday night speech by Fred Thompson is intriguing. It sounds like there was some "buzz around the office" that Thompson and his associates were thinking of announcing something that evening, but that idea was ultimately rejected.
Jonathan Martin writes that Thompsons address was a a sober-verging-on-somber talk, and summarizes:
There are three major challenges, Thompson said, and none are being given appropriate attention or sufficient commitment. National security ("our country's in danger; it's going to be that way for a long time to come"), the economy ("we are doing steady damage to our economy, that if we don't do things better it's going to result in economic disaster for future generations") and the polarization, cynicism and incompetence gripping the capital ("in order to have leadership you got to have somebody who's going to follow; our people follow, but they don't have any confidence in what's being said or who's saying it").
But is this "sober and serious" tone really anything new? Lets check out Thompsons first major speech of his not-quite-campaign, in Orange County, California. On the national mood, he said:
Because Americans are expressing a lot of concern these days about the direction their country is going, there is some concern that maybe were slipping away like all the great powers have. Were hearing a bit of that old malaise talk we used to hear all about. Part of it is Iraq, certainly. Part of it is the economy, believe it or not. The wonderful economy and economic news you continue to hear, the greatest story never told as some people call it, yet people are talking about the threats of globalization and the disparity of income...
(Excerpt) Read more at campaignspot.nationalreview.com ...
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