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Every time that I read or hear someone touting Fred Thompson for President, I immediately think, “Hey, get serious, will you.” I immediately run through a whole litany of reasons why such a thing makes no sense and is a flight of fancy. My problem is that the list of reasons that he couldn’t, and shouldn’t, win keeps getting shorter and shorter, and the list of reasons for him to run keep getting longer and longer.
First, he is an actor, but so was St. Ronald of Reagan, my favorite of all time. Then I remember that he really was a federal prosecutor with a record of success.
But that isn’t it. There is just something about the man that makes me want to trust him. He just looks serious and solidly intelligent, with a strong dose of common sense. Then there is his voice. He sounds like a man of seriousness, and yet a pleasant man. Darn it, he sounds like a man that you can trust to be the head of your family or the President of your country.p>I don’t know that I can sensibly articulate why I am so favorably disposed toward him, but darn it, he just seems right for the job. I sure like him a whole bunch better than the current list on offer from the GOP ranks. br> — Ken Shreve br> Conservative first, Republican second /p> p> As an avid reader of The American Spectator online, I have been enjoying the debate concerning potential Republican candidates. Simply having this debate, I believe, is very healthy. One factor that I haven’t noticed in the discussion is the visual appeal of the potential candidates. For better or worse, the general public likes visual appeal; a lot of eyes notice the flashy red sports car as it goes by, so to speak. I think it is important that we acknowledge this reality, but also ensure that there is quality of character behind the public face; sort of “check under the hood,” if you will. With this considered I would like to offer another ticket possibility: How about Tony Snow and J.C. Watts? I think this would be a very appealing ticket backed by solid conservative principles, political skill, and excellent character. This pairing would have tremendous public appeal, not to mention coattails for potential congressional candidates. This could lead to eight or sixteen years of conservative presidential dominance. I realize that neither are currently candidates, but we could draft them. There is currently no military draft, but, with sincere apologies to J.C. and Tony, I am not aware of any prohibition against a political draft! br> — Michael Jones br> Delaware, Ohio
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?