Google

Media fear of Fred Thompson

June 16, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Media Bias, Melanie Morgan, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

-By Melanie Morgan

Can you see it? Can you feel it? The excitement over Fred Thompson’s potential candidacy for president is capturing the imagination of conservatives across the nation.

The “Run Fred Run” phenomenon is important to talk about not because of Thompson himself, but more because of what it says concerning the mood of this nation and the public’s frustration with a lack of leadership in both the conservative movement and the Republican Party.

The allure of a Thompson for President campaign is even evident among some Reagan Democrats who are weighing in on the blogs – and feeling the heat from their liberal colleagues for even considering the notion of crossing party lines.

Unlike the current crop of declared Republican and Democrat candidates, who have spent years plotting and scheming about how they could win their way to the White House, Fred Thompson is truly being drafted to run by people who are sick of abandoned principles and lack of a moral center.

When moments like this occur, occupants of the political and media establishment seem to shudder with convulsions. It ain’t pretty, but it isn’t surprising.

In the June 13 edition of The Politico, Kenneth P. Vogel writes about the efforts of potential GOP rivals to “deflate” the Thompson campaign before it is even launched.

Vogel’s column in The Politico should be the canary in the coalmine for Republicans. Why? Because it demonstrates the current crop of Republican presidential candidates haven’t figured out that their problem is not Fred Thompson’s potential candidacy. The problem they should be addressing is the failure of the current candidates to connect with the American electorate.

Fred Thompson’s campaign would not even be a blip on the radar screen if not for the fact millions are fretting about our current choices for the White House.

Columbia University journalism professor and Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen has demonstrated the media establishment’s discomfort with the Thompson boomlet as well.

Writing an op-ed piece titled, “We Knew Both, And Thompson Is No Reagan,” Cohen whines about Thompson’s lack of accomplishments while in the U.S. Senate.

If Thompson’s name came up in some sort of free association game, he would be a genuine stumper: Thompson and what? There is no Thompson Act, Thompson Compromise, Thompson Hearing, Thompson Speech or Thompson Anything that comes to mind. No living man can call himself a Thompsonite. … Instead, Thompson came and went from the Senate as if he was never there, leaving only the faint scent of ennui.

What a pity Fred Thompson doesn’t have more to show for his time in the Senate!

Let’s see, what are the members of this current Congress best known for?

John McCain, Ted Kennedy and Jon Kyl are the co-authors of the current amnesty-for-illegal-aliens bill under deliberation. That piece of legislation is a real political winner. The shamnesty bill is killing Sen. McCain’s presidential aspirations, driving down Ted Kennedy’s approval ratings within the Democrat Party, and has ignited a backlash against Sen. Kyl in his home state of Arizona.

Would it please the members of the old-line media if Thompson had made a name for himself authoring such a piece of legislation?

I suspect it would, only because they are too stupid to see what everyone else in America recognizes – no one wants the damn bill.

The other major item under consideration by Congress is the war on terrorism.

Perhaps Richard Cohen and the whiny Washington wonks in the press bureaus would be happier if Fred Thompson were better known for telling our troops in Iraq that they had “lost.” That’s what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has become famous for. Gee, I wonder why Sen. Reid’s approval ratings are now at 19 percent. Hard to figure, huh?

Instead, Fred Thompson has ignited a fury of interest in his potential candidacy because since leaving office he has spoken articulately on the issues of illegal immigration (he wants to stop it) and the war on terrorism (he’s determined to win it).

Thompson’s plainspoken candor and basic conservative principles have led many to see similarities between him and Ronald Reagan.

That comparison irks those who are predisposed not to like Thompson. But there is something insincere about the Thompson-bashing that’s going on.

Consider this assessment offered of Ronald Reagan’s candidacy during his first term:

But in a somewhat larger sense, the president seems to cast no shadow. It is true that he has an economic program and some startling congressional victories to prove it, but Wall Street, not to mention Main Street, has not seemed to notice. There is next to no confidence in the program, no sense, say, that things would be worse if there was no Reagan program. It just does not seem to matter.

If those words used to describe Reagan sound similar to the words being used to critique Fred Thompson, they should.

Both of those passages I’ve cited were written by Richard Cohen in his columns – 25 years apart.

Right now Fred Thompson’s candidacy is like a Rorschach inkblot.

People see what they want to see, and time will tell if Thompson is the kind of conservative leader many of us are hoping for.

But it speaks well of Fred Thompson that the best arguments his critics can come up with are the same tired and hollow complaints they lodged against Ronald Reagan a quarter of a century ago.

___________
Melanie Morgan is chairman of the conservative, pro-troop non-profit organization Move America Forward and is co-host of the “Lee Rodgers & Melanie Morgan Show” on KSFO 560 AM in San Francisco. Morgan is co-author of “American Mourning,” which tells the stories of American heroism in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her personal website is www.MelanieMorgan.com.

Comments

comments


Fair Use: This site may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. I am making such material available in my efforts to advance understanding of political, human rights, economic, democracy, and social justice issues, etc. I believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research, educational, or satirical purposes. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site/blog for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

You must be registered and logged in to post a comment. Anyone can register. No registrant's information is kept, used, or sold. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Social Networking


Help the Soldiers!



American Genius

Our Founding Ideas

"Governments are instituted among men,deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776





Enter your Email


Preview
Powered by FeedBlitz

Subscribe in a reader




Recently Written

  • Texas Plumber Gets Threats After Video Shows ISIS Using His Old Truck
  • VIDEO: Fox News’ Shep Smith Laments How America Will ‘Ruin Cuba’
  • Vivek Murthy: Obama’s New Anti-Gun Surgeon General
  • The Kwanzaa Scam: A Fake Holiday Created by a Racist, Rapist and Torturer
  • Bias Du Jour: The Media Dubs Sydney Terrorist a ‘Self-Styled Cleric’ to Distance Him From Islam
  • Obama Insulting Legal Immigrants By Using Their Money to Give Amnesty to Illegals
  • Senate Defense Bill Allows Obama to Steal Hundreds of Thousands of Acres of Land From Western States
  • Whiney Harvard #Ferguson Protesters Mad They Were Ignored By Primal Scream Streakers
  • Pretty Amusing: Chicago TV Anchors do Spoof of Spanish Telenova Episode
  • Arrogant Joe Biden Lectures Victim of Islam About the ‘Religion of Peace’


  • What THEY Say:
    Foreign News In English




    Click HERE for information
    on my fedora collection.
    Antique Stetsons, hat history...



























    Contact Us

    Email Publius' Forum

    Archives

  • December 2014
  • November 2014
  • October 2014
  • September 2014
  • August 2014
  • July 2014
  • June 2014
  • May 2014
  • April 2014
  • March 2014
  • February 2014
  • January 2014
  • December 2013
  • November 2013
  • October 2013
  • September 2013
  • August 2013
  • July 2013
  • June 2013
  • May 2013
  • April 2013
  • March 2013
  • February 2013
  • January 2013
  • December 2012
  • November 2012
  • October 2012
  • September 2012
  • August 2012
  • July 2012
  • June 2012
  • May 2012
  • April 2012
  • March 2012
  • February 2012
  • January 2012
  • December 2011
  • November 2011
  • October 2011
  • September 2011
  • August 2011
  • July 2011
  • June 2011
  • May 2011
  • April 2011
  • March 2011
  • February 2011
  • January 2011
  • December 2010
  • November 2010
  • October 2010
  • September 2010
  • August 2010
  • July 2010
  • June 2010
  • May 2010
  • April 2010
  • March 2010
  • February 2010
  • January 2010
  • December 2009
  • November 2009
  • October 2009
  • September 2009
  • August 2009
  • July 2009
  • June 2009
  • May 2009
  • April 2009
  • March 2009
  • February 2009
  • January 2009
  • December 2008
  • November 2008
  • October 2008
  • September 2008
  • August 2008
  • July 2008
  • June 2008
  • May 2008
  • April 2008
  • March 2008
  • February 2008
  • January 2008
  • December 2007
  • November 2007
  • October 2007
  • September 2007
  • August 2007
  • July 2007
  • June 2007
  • May 2007
  • April 2007
  • March 2007
  • February 2007
  • January 2007
  • December 2006
  • January 2006
  • December 2005
  • November 2005
  • October 2005
  • September 2005
  • August 2005
  • July 2005
  • June 2005
  • May 2005
  • April 2005
  • March 2005
  • February 2005
  • January 2005



  • Add to Technorati Favorites


    Clicky Web Analytics