You may only know him as D.A. Arthur Branch on Law & Order…but with a career in law and politics that pre-dates his famed television role by three decades, Fred Thompson is a legitimate candidate for President of the United States. He won’t be officially declaring his candidacy for another few weeks yet, but he’s been working the web for months, and has already captured the majority of the conservative talk radio-listening, blog-reading vote. Want to see why? Check out his blog at ABCRadio.com, full of brilliant near-daily commentary by Fred (or his staff) since mid-April.
If he intends to stick to the positions he’s promoted so far, and articulate them as clearly and forcefully over the course of the next 18 months, he’ll be the next President of the USA. Listen to him talk – he’s got the leisurely Southern accent, the demeanor of a wise grandpa, and the bite of a great white shark. It’s the mix of easy-going happiness and rock-solid toughness that is the traditional American male ideal.
For you Canadians who don’t listen to US conservative talk radio every day like I do, here’s the breakdown on the Republican nomination race: McCain cannot win – Illegal immigration amnesty and Campaign Finance Reform have killed him with the base. Giuliani has enough security and justice credibility to overcome his social liberalism, and will be in the top two or three at the end. Duncan Hunter is coming up from the rear thanks to his illegal immigration stand, giving him VP potential. Romney is too slick to be trusted, but his money will keep him in to the end. Newt Gingrich is planning on joining the race later this year, but his personality grates and his positions are often too nuanced for the average voter. Thompson has what most of the rest all lack – a genuinely likeable personality, and boldly strong and consistent policy positions that appeal to the conservative base. The buzz is that he’s the next Reagan, but I think he’ll be even far more popular to the general voting public than Reagan was in the 1980 campaign, where he didn’t pull ahead of Jimmy Carter in the polls until the final televised debate. The Clintons should be very afraid.