Tuesday, June 05, 2007
I'm not sure whether Fred Thompson is the best Republican candidate -- if I were forced to choose a Republican nominee today, it would be Giuliani -- but I must say that I enjoy listening to the man and might very well change my mind. If you're with Fred you might be pleased to visit the just-launched I'm With Fred web site. Give money, sign up for email news, or just be with Fred.
While Scarborough's comment was in bad taste and unnecessary, it resonated because, well, there does seem to be a Hollywoodesque asymmetry between Thompson and his wife. Let's be honest, she would definitely be the hottest First Lady since Jackie. Not that there is anything wrong with that.
As history has shown us Americans don’t take to war well. Once involved though we try to fight a gentleman’s war. The word try is very appropriate. We have managed for over three years to rein in our impulses on the Iraq front battlefield. But if we are seriously attacked at home, unless it is so serious it produces anarchy and the breakup of the union, our enemy will wish they were in Hell. The NGOs, the UN and the rest of the blame America crowd will become impotent and just background noise. Just look at WWII fought by the Greatest Generation. From a purely battlefield perspective, commanders did not place many restraints on our warriors fighting the enemy, especially in the Pacific. And there was certainly nothing subtle about the huge billboard that Admiral Halsey ordered erected on a hillside on one of the Solomon Islands. Visible to passing ships it bore a simple and crude admonition to his troops:
KILL JAPS. KILL JAPS.
KILL MORE JAPS.
You will help to kill the yellow bastards
if you do your job well.
Replace a few words and we have a 21st century admonition for our troops.
Every time I try to use the &^*U&% Google sign in it fails on any blog unless I sing in for Google again!!
Now I can’t even post the right comments. This getting old sucks. Anyway, I support Rudi as you do. I really, really like Fred’s message and presentation, but I would think that Rudi just might make the Islamist think a little harder about what they do. They might just respect him and deep down where it counts, fear him. Maybe, just maybe, Rudi will fight the fight without first having to have the US catastrophically attacked.
All this Fred Thompson talk makes me wonder, why is it that conservatives who normally love to bash "Hollywood" instantly go gaga for rightwing Hollywood-types? There's something very Freudian going on there.
Then again, we lefties seem to cling to whatever leftwing military types we can find. So we have our own issues.
I have to admit after 6.5 years of Mr. Bush's folksy ways, I am ready to hear a chop-busting New Yorker scare the crap out of the bad guys. Fred Thompson feels like he would be a good VP to someone more serious, because he can handle the soft stuff great - but he is not a winnable candidate...
I have not heard a single thing from Fred Thompson that has been out of sync with my personal viewpoint. If he gets in the race someday I think he will be a very good candidate with short baggage. He talks easily, expresses his views in simple straight forward language, has a set, doesn't take prisoners and most importantly agrees with me on virtually every issue(critical).
I'm with Gandalf. Now, once he gets in and has to face more questions and deal directly and constantly with the competition, that might change. For now though, he says what I think and seems to have a low tolerance for bullshit.