Friday, July 27, 2007

Fred Thompson: Republican Hope or Hopeless Looney?

Here is an interesting article on Fred Thompson, the lazy former congressman and actor who is threatening to run for the Republican presidential nomination. The article reports that Thompson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, which is claimed to be some sort of ‘shadow government’ organization. The news is supposed to scare the hard core conservatives that are said to be Thompson's best hope of snagging the Rep nomination with a late entry into a crowded field headed up by Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, and I guess John McCain would be third.

At any rate, all kinds of crazy claims are made in the article, such as this group wanting to undo the USA and create a sort of North American union with no borders between Canada and Mexico. Yup, that'd scare the right wingers.

I'm against Thompson because he complained that being a Senator was "too much work" when he quit. Shit, if Congress is too much work, how will he react to being president? Maybe he'd take more vacation than W does (and W has taken more vacation days than are reasonable for the commander in chief, especially during a war).

And I wonder what women will think about voting for an old geezer who has a wife 24 years younger than he is?



Personally, I would welcome a President who would spend more time on vacation, maybe 4/5 of his/her term. And as an extra bonus, lets have Congress take the same kind of holiday. Nothing would still get done(and anyone who knows me, knows I think that is a good thing(we already have too many laws and by extrapolation too many bad laws))and we wouldn't have to listen to all their fucking whining about each other. Also less time in the office working means less time to make war.

lou said...

Thompson would make an engaging addition to a field of sub par candidates for president. He has an Independent edge maybe even Libertarian that could make him appealing at a time when Americans are weary with politics. He is one of the few senators who have voted against those who desire to federalize issues that should be left to state and local governments.
I must take the opportunity to correct CSM. Thompson left the Senate mostly to recuperate from the distress at the death of his daughter in 2002 from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs, not laziness as has been joked.

jan said...

Hopeless lazy looney, imo.

csm said...

Well, lou, when you get quoted as saying the work is too hard, and the work is being a Senator, well, in my book, that is lazy.

Ceroill said...

I wonder what it says about this country that we seem to have a growing tendency to have crossover between the professions of actor and politician.


This country is in love with "the cult of personality" and we are a lazy people because a candidate with name recognition will get someone to vote for them over someone who might just have a good idea but bad publicists.

lou said...

I remain bewildered that a myriad of Americans seem to presume that Fred Thompson is an actor lured by the clout of politics. In point of fact, Thompson has a JD from Vanderbilt University, my own alma mater. He has been involved in government and law since the 60s and even served as co-chief counsel during Watergate. During the 80s and 80s he practiced law in Nashville and in DC as well as service as a Senator, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee.

It has been my personal opinion that governors tend to make the best presidents but I would have to acknowledge that Thompson has a plethora of credentials as a candidate and his libertarian perspective constitutes an attractive nominee.

csm said...

Well, Thompson did have a career in public service before he became a successful actor... problem is, his public service career was not distinguished and doesn't bode well for him if it is a harbinger of how he would perform as president.

Ceroill said...

I just had to post this joke I got sent.

An old southern country preacher had a teenage son, and it was getting time the boy should give some thought to choosing a profession. Like many young men, the boy didn't really know what he
wanted to do, and he didn't seem too concerned about it. One day, while the boy was away at school, his father decided to try an experiment. He went into the boy's room and placed on his study table four objects:
1.. a Bible,
2.. a silver dollar,
3.. a bottle of whiskey; and
4.. a Playboy magazine.
"I'll just hide behind the door," the old preacher said to himself,
"when he comes home from school this afternoon, I'll see which object he picks up. If it's the Bible, he's going to be a preacher like me, and what a blessing that would be! If he picks up the dollar, he's going to be a businessman, and that would be okay, too. But if he picks up the bottle, he's going to be a no-good drunkard, and, Lord, what a shame that would be. And worst of all, if he picks up that magazine he's gonna be a skirt-chasin' bum." The old man waited anxiously, and soon heard his son's footsteps as he entered the house whistling and headed for his room. The boy tossed his books on the bed, and as he turned to leave the room he spotted the objects on the table. With curiosity in his eye, he walked over to inspect them. Finally, he picked up the Bible and placed it under his arm. He picked up the silver dollar and dropped it into his pocket. He uncorked the bottle
and took a big drink while he admired this month's Centerfold.
"Lord have mercy," the old preacher disgustedly whispered, "he's gonna be a Congressman!"

Anonymous said...

Smut for Smut

csm said...

Hey anonymous, thanks for that link! I love it! Please everyone, follow that link and turn in your bibles for something useful.

Heathen said...

Too bad the article is about two years old or I'd consider making the trek to Austin.