Law and Order star Fred D. Thompson will make his flirtation with a White House bid official this week, forming a presidential committee and launching a fundraising effort that could culminate in a formal announcement over the July 4th weekend, the former senator's advisers said.
It's not a surprise to anyone as Thompson has been hinting about this for months, but I have to ask this: Why is it that Republicans love to smear Democrats as ruled by the "Hollywood left" and yet they fall over themselves in the most embarassing way for actors-turned-politicians?
And then there's this item from TPM Cafe:
Meanwhile, The Politico reports that Thompson will officially declare his candidacy on July 4, and also announce "that he has already raised several million dollars and is being backed by insiders from the past three Republican administrations." And as for what his actual campaign will be like, his old red pickup truck gimmick that he bought for his 1994 Senate race will be making a comeback.
It's the million dollar question that has all the pundits stumped. On "Countdown" tonight, Keith got the former Vice President to issue arguably his most "maybe" answer to date. WaPo's Chris Cillizza helps break it down.
There are good reasons on both sides for Gore to remain coy. On the one hand, if he has already decided against a run, it makes sense to keep the suspicion alive and force your issues to stay at the forefront. On the other hand, he knows he can wait until September/October, bypass most of the petty bickering between now and then, and still retain the capacity to raise tons of money overnight and steal the show .
For Thompson to declare on the fourth of July, probably from the tailgate of a pickup truck would speak volumes about his campaign plans. Clearly it would be all right win touchy-feely with lots of flags but probably not much meaning.
But Gore has no chance. Even less than Hillary.
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