Monday, April 30, 2007

"Sticks and Stones" (Essay by Fred Thompson)

It bothers Americans when we're told how unpopular we are with the rest of the world. For some of us, at least, it gets our back up -- and our natural tendency is to tell the French, for example, that we'd rather not hear from them until the day when they need us to bail them out again.

But we cool off. We're big boys and girls, after all, and we don't really bruise that easily. We're also hopeful that, eventually, our ostrich-headed allies will realize there's a World War going on out there and they need to pick a side -- the choice being between the forces of civilization and the forces of anarchy. Considering the fact that the latter team is growing stronger and bolder daily, while most of our European Union friends continue to dismantle their defenses, that day may not be too long in coming.

In the meantime, let's be realistic about the world we live in. Mexican leaders apparently have an economic policy based on exporting their own citizens, while complaining about US immigration policies that are far less exclusionary than their own. The French jail perfectly nice people for politically incorrect comments, but scold us for holding terrorists at Guantanamo.

Russia, though, takes the cake. Here is a government apparently run by ex-KGB agents who have no problem blackmailing whole countries by turning the crank on their oil pipelines. They're not doing anything shady, they say. They can’t help it if their opponents are so notoriously accident-prone. Criticize these guys and you might accidentally drink a cup of tea laced with a few million dollars worth of deadly, and extremely rare, radioactive poison. ...

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Thompson mulling summer announcement

Advisers to Fred Thompson have begun exploring a range of staffing options -- including talking to potential campaign managers -- as the actor and former Tennessee senator firms up his plans to enter the Republican presidential contest, according to people involved in the conversations.

The Politico article

Monday, April 23, 2007

Retired US Senator Fred Dalton Thompson Wins California Republican Assembly Straw Poll

Despite not being an officially declared presidential candidate (or having an active presence at the Republican gathering), former US Senator Fred Dalton Thompson of Tennessee scored a huge upset, netting the votes of 28 CRA delegates. Tied for second place with 22 votes were California Congressman Duncan Hunter and ex-Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

RedCounty/SanBernardino article

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Alert! Hillary's Huge Negatives Changing 2008 Race

By Dick Morris

There has been a sudden and highly significant shift in the Democratic Presidential race: Hillary Clinton is rapidly losing her frontrunner position to Barack Obama as her negative ratings climb.

According to the Gallup poll, most Americans don't like Hillary Clinton and the number of people who view her negatively has been steadily increasing ever since she announced her candidacy for President in January.

full article

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Disclosure seen as sign Thompson may run

Knoxville News Sentinel
by Richard Powelson

Some believe admission he has cancer evidence he'll try for presidency in '08 --

WASHINGTON - Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson's admission that he has cancer - but in remission - may be strong evidence that he intends to run for president, political experts said Wednesday.

"It seems to suggest that he understands if he runs ... he'll be under a great deal of scrutiny, and by disclosing this he is out in front of that scrutiny," said University of Tennessee political scientist Anthony Nownes. "So it may signal his desire to run."

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

What You Need To Know

[Posted by Fred Thompson at RedState]

"What You Need To Know: Facts About My Cancer"
By Fred Thompson

We have all seen the courageous battle that Elizabeth and John Edwards are fighting, and there are so many others. Fortunately, there are an increasing number of good stories because of the medical advances that have been made. I have friends in politics, some in Congress, some running for President, and others who have successfully dealt with cancer. It is certainly no respecter of persons and totally non-partisan. That point was driven home to me about 2 1/2 years ago when, shortly after a routine physical, I was diagnosed with what the doctors call an indolent lymphoma. Of the 30-plus kinds of lymphoma this is a “good” kind, if there is such a thing.

I have had no illness from it, or even any symptoms. My life expectancy should not be affected. I am in remission, and it is very treatable with drugs if treatment is needed in the future—and with no debilitating side effects.

I am one of the lucky ones. There are many lucky ones today. And for all of our diversity, we share one thing in common—a deep appreciation for the fact that we live in the United States of America and have the best medicine and the best doctors the world has even known.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The Fred Thompson Factor: Inspiring the American Voter

By J.B. Williams

When fifty percent of the voting population no longer bothers to vote at all and the other fifty pecent wish they could find someone who truly deserves their vote for the first time in their lives, what’s your next trick? The answer seems to be, draft Fred Thompson - I’ll get to why in a minute. If you ask the 50% who quit voting years ago why they quit voting, they will be fast to tell you that their vote doesn’t matter because all modern politicians, no matter what political party they attach themselves to or what principles and policies they claim to hold dear, none of them ever do what they say after the election. In fact, most do the exact opposite after elected. It’s the only thing in Washington that isn’t a partisan matter.

the National Ledger full article

GOP may cast actor into a starring role

WASHINGTON -- Fred Dalton Thompson was cast as president only once, in the short docudrama made by former senator Sam Nunn's Nuclear Threat Initiative and titled "Last Best Chance." The choice of Thompson to play the chief was made by politicians, not casting directors.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

The Fred Thompson Boomlet

For the past few weeks, ex-SEN Fred Thompson has publicly flirted with running for President. Despite lamentations from Republicans, there is a rather strong bench of Rs who could run for President including GOV Bush, GOV Sanford, GOV Pawlenty, Mayor Guiliani, SEN McCain among others. Nonetheless, there is a yearning for a "new Reagan" to woo conservatives and moderates into a grand coalition willing to win the War and embrace market-friendly reforms to the ever growing government. But the surprisingly strong support for Fred Thompson is more than just a yearning for a "true conservative." Here are a couple reasons F. Thompson is gaining traction where others are not: article