March 18, 2007
"I so hope he runs."
When I waxed enthusiastically about a possible Fred Thompson candidacy in a previous post, a commenter threw a little cold water on my enthusiasm:
Thompson voted for McCain-Feingold. That disqualifies him from upholding and defending the Constitution.The commenter is not alone.
Asked about McCain-Feingold by the WSJ's John Fund, Thompson seems to be having second thoughts:
Many on the right remain angry he supported the campaign finance law sponsored by his friend John McCain. "There are problems with people giving politicians large sums of money and then asking them to pass legislation," Mr. Thompson says. Still, he notes he proposed the amendment to raise the $1,000 per person "hard money" federal contribution limit.I have to say, I like the fact that Thompson was a lone Federalist "nay" in a sea of 99 Big Government "ayes."
Of course, I realize not everyone likes Fred Thompson, and I was especially crushed to read what James Wolcott said about him:
God what a grumpy old dog farting on the front porch he was yesterday, parked across the table from Chris Wallace. I so hope he runs. He has all the sparkle, verve, charisma, and inspirational lift of Lawrence Eagleburger acting as if it's some great imposition on him to discuss foreign policy and explain subtleties to idiots. Despite being a two-time Senator, Thompson acts as if he didn't cotton the way they do things in Washington and shouldn't be confused with the rest of those deal-cutting politicians.Well, if he's the lone Federalist vote, maybe he shouldn't be confused with the rest of them.
Besides, anyone who can draw Wolcott's venom before even making a formal announcement looks pretty good to me.
As to "I so hope he runs," well, I say ditto to that! I find it genuinely refreshing to be able to agree with James Wolcott for once.
I simply won't touch Wolcott's "grumpy old dog" analogy, though, as I think canine comparisons should be scrupulously avoided -- especially in this race.
That might be misunderstood.
MORE: Pajamas Media has exclusive from Fred Thompson about the movie "300." Excerpt:
Who are these guys who are getting all flushed over our cultural insensitivity?Again, I so hope he runs!
posted by Eric on 03.18.07 at 01:55 PM
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