Let's review, shall we?
Mar 19, 2007
Fred Thompson has a history of this kind of nonsense. He is known for having a lot of theoretical ideas about what he would like to do — but not much follow through.
I cannot say it enough. Fred Thompson will not run for President.
Mar 19, 2007
This surge of support for Fred Thompson is about image, not substance. There is no important issue of the day that is going unheralded in this primary.
This is what the Republican Party has come to: pining away for a good actor, a salesman, who can play the part and sell a bankrupt schismatic conservatism. It is unseemly and disgraceful.
Mar 20, 2007
All of this is not to say that there is a severe vacuum in the Republican primary electorate. There is.What a difference a day makes...Just yesterday, there wasn't ideological room for Fred to run.
Katherine, I’ll see that cookie and raise you a C-note. Thompson and his acolytes are encouraging this groundswell just in case but when it comes right down to it, he’ll pass.Will Katherine collect her $100 prize? Stay tuned...
Mar 21, 2007
I also do not think, not for one minute, that he will run. Whether it is out of a distaste of retail politics, of doing what is necessary to win, or whether it is out of concern for his new family, I believe Fred Thompson will defer.
But today, you say he'll lose the general election. Playing both sides, Mr. K?
What I do not question is his skills as an actor and politician. If Fred wants this and goes, excuse my French, balls to the wall in pursuit of the prize — he will win. The nomination certainly and likely the Presidency.
April 2, 2007
The idle speculation and sycophantic boosterism regarding a Fred Thompson Presidential candidacy has begun to morph into something else.Is he about to see the light?
I will admit, at this point, a Thompson Presidential candidacy is a real possibility. But, is it a probability?Nahhh!
Most people now say yes. I am still gonna say no.
April 4, 2007
I am no Thompson partisan, as we all know, but this is a great opportunity for all those sycophantic Internet boosters to truly show their muscle.You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
April 6, 2007
He dated extensively and he dated smart women and even after the affairs were over they have nothing but good things to say.Huh? Generally women who have been lied to rarely have good things to say about the guy who lied to them. ACK is getting unbalanced here.
Like any player, he likely let these women think something that was not reality. Fred Thompson supporters may need to wake up to the fact that ole Fred may just be playing them like he did Lorrie Morgan and Margaret Carlson.
Fred Thompson is still more likely not to run than to make this race. Believe.Finishing the quote from Ripleys: or not!
April 18, 2007
He doesn’t need to run a traditional campaign. Fred comes into this race with a tremendous advantage. His name and his face are known. His political skills and communication skills are unmatched.Mr. K is a true believer!
I’ll have to see the clip but, if the character is at all nuanced, it will harder to dismiss as “just playing a role.” After all, much of the talk on Fred has been that he isn’t really a good actor and that he plays himself, more or less.ACK achieves a new low by playing the "I'm not saying he's a racist, but he did play one on TV..." card.
If that is true and he gave an authentic portrayal of a white nationalist, the question has to be asked: how deep did he have to dig to find that character?
Fred Thompson, in my opinion, will be the Republican nominee come the summer of 2008. And come fall 2008, he will become what he was until recently — a retired politician.
You may ask why I went to the trouble of digging up Mr. Kleinheider's posts on Fred. After all, it seems like I'm just rubbing his face in it, and I guess I am a little. I can understand the desire to be the contrarian, but ACK was downright nasty during the past couple of months, disparaging backers of Fred as sycophants and boosters, claiming that the whole thing was a carefully orchestrated ploy, and even stooping to smear tactics with the whole racist thing, and the constant references to Fred's social life. He's gone far beyond being a contrarian, and ventured into partisan political hack territory.
I think what really got me going was his attempt to pass off the last two month's worth of anti Thompson posts as "skepticism." Rereading the quotes above, the word 'skepticism' isn't the first that comes to mind.