Some say he is the Republicans' Rorschach test: They all see in him what they crave. Or he might be the Republicans' dot-com bubble, the result of restless political investors seeking value that the untutored eye might not discern and that might be difficult to quantify but which the investors are sure must be there, somewhere, somehow.
One does not want to be unfair to Thompson, who may have hidden depths. But ask yourself this: If he did not look like a basset hound who had just read a sad story--say, "Old Yeller"--and if he did not talk like central casting's idea of the god Sincerity, would anyone think he ought to be entrusted with the nation's nuclear arsenal? He is an actor, and, as a Hollywood axiom says, the key to acting is sincerity--if you can fake that, you've got it made.
Glad to see that the well-known punditry is beginning to view Fred the same way I've viewed him all along.
Andrew Sullivan has a triple-play on him today: Here on the abortion issue, here on the shady character he does radio spots for, and finally here, where he comments on the George Will article. He closes by saying:
I have yet to see an iota of evidence that Thompson's candidacy is any more than a manifestation of complete Republican panic and bankruptcy.
That's a little harsh, but he's spent the last three years nailing the Republican party on their betrayal of traditional conservatism. I'd say that Thompson is wish fulfillment. All the Republicans who have been angered by the parcity of quality candidates have taken the pabulum his campaign has delivered and turned it into the tastiness of their dreams. But sooner or later, he'll have to either actually run for office or give up the tease. No matter how much he'd like it, he cannot be nominated and elected on the basis of internet clips and blog entries.
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