Fred Thompson’s Presidential Plans Are Out of Order!

Fred Thompson, the former Tennessee Senator, has made it known that he is considering joining the field of Republican candidates for the Presidency in 2008 (Fox News). The Law and Order actor claimed that it was not “a reflection on the current field” but when one considers his political views and those of the Big Three (McCain, Giuliani, and Romney), it clearly is.

A Voice of Reason has gone so far as to state that he believes Thompson would be a formidable opponent to any Republican candidate. When one looks at Thompson’s voting record and his stance on the key issues, this would seem to be a fair statement.

My concern would be the fact that his views would polarize the nation, were he to be chosen as the Republican candidate. His consistent views on immigration, gun control and abortion undoubtedly make him an appealing candidate to the right flank of the Republican Party. However, he runs the risk of alienating the crucial ‘middleground’ of centrist Republican/Democrats and the independent/undecided voters.

If Thompson decides to chance his arm, it will, as A Voice of Reason suggests, have a tremendous impact on the field of candidates. I believe he will take the competition to a higher level – this will benefit the Republican Party as all candidates will have to raise their game.

At the same time, it will be a mistake if Republicans choose Thompson as their candidate. He might be viewed by many of the electorate as too detached from the world of politics (alternatively, many might see this as an advantage). Does he really have the stature to succeed against a big-name Democrat? At the moment, only McCain and Giuliani seem to be up to par on that point.

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2 Responses to “Fred Thompson’s Presidential Plans Are Out of Order!”

  1. avoiceofreason Says:

    I think a Centrist is the only chance the GOP has to maintain control of the Executive branch. Someone with appeal to swing voters, who the base can agree with on enough to get through the primaries.

  2. Charles Kellermann Says:

    GOP Grumbles and Ruminations

    As a life-long Republican I am so disappointed in the trend of the party over the last 8-10 years that I will join many of the non-left and center who will take a harder look at the (American) Constitutional Party. Some might say that is throwing away my vote, but I feel that it is a much more powerful “voice” than just staying home or continuing to “hold my nose and vote for the lesser of the evils.” I am truly tired of having to choose beteen Nixon, the Loser, and McGovern, the Lost, election after election. We keep sending to Washington too many who promise to do well and end up doing very good (for themselves). It is the most effective way to vote “None of the Above” and to tell the GOP that they have lost their way )think Rick Santorum). Sometimes I think that maybe 4+ years might help the GOP think tanks figure out what went wrong – on immigration, spending, leadership …

    Maybe Fred Thompson may turn out to be out best real choice to save the GOP – we’ll see. A man who doesn’t really want the job, just as Ronald Reagan didn’t, may be the answer.

    — Moderate Right-Wing Non-Extremist Thinker

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