Bill Theobald, writing for The Tennessean's Washington Bureau, tells us "what Thompson foes will attack once he declares".
Noted recently in the press:
In the past few days, national media stories have:
• Questioned whether there is any substance behind Thompson's actor persona.
• Reported that an abortion-rights organization hired Thompson to lobby for it.
• Called Jeri Thompson a "trophy wife" and questioned whether her relative youth and beauty would hurt his campaign.
His weak record in the Senate:
Thompson served in the Senate from 1994 to 2003 with few legislative accomplishments with his name attached to them. Two of his most prominent roles -- helping push through campaign finance legislation and leading an investigation into Chinese influence on the 1996 presidential election -- are not viewed well by some Republicans.
Conservatives, particularly Christian groups, were incensed by provisions in the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law that limit ads that interest groups can run close to Election Day. That portion of the law was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in late June. And the Clinton presidential campaign investigation is viewed as not meeting expectations. "He didn't satisfy those who really wanted him to go for the jugular," said Bruce Oppenheimer, political science professor at Vanderbilt University.
Additional areas include the matter of his lobbying work for a pro-abortion family planning organization, a matter which he denied but has since been proven to be true.
[...} a Thompson colleague at the lobbying firm, former Democratic Rep. Michael Barnes of Maryland, said it was only Thompson who worked for the group.
And he's a beltway insider:
...Thompson has spent most of his adult life working as a lobbyist or legislator in Washington. Given the unpopularity of the president and Congress, opponents are likely to try to tie him to the D.C. power structure and President Bush at the same time Thompson tries to emphasize his Tennessee roots.
The fact that he's actor and a phony will hurt Thompson considerably, in my opinion.
Thompson confirmed that he would seek the GOP nomination back in late-May, and everyone was expecting a July 4th announcement.
Another two weeks have passed... still no Fred. Judging from the long laundry list of challenges to his qualifications that are expected to greet him after he officially announces, his shyness is not at all surprising -- and in my opinion indicative of this weak-kneed actor who is facing what appears to be a bad case of 'world-stage fright,' and losing.
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