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The “Law And Order” Candidate?

John Podhoretz argues that a Fred Thompson candidate would add strength to the GOP field. Thompson is both an accomplished politician and an accomplished actor, but he’s going to have trouble getting organization going this “late” into an election cycle that’s already started in earnest.

My guess is that Thompson is situating himself for a VP nomination in the future. For instance, someone like Thompson, who has some solid conservative credentials could easily benefit a Northeastern Republican like Giuliani or Romney. Thompson would add instant gravitas to a ticket, he’s from a key region, and he could provide a major electoral boost to a candidate. If one were to compile a short-list of strong GOP VP candidates, his name would be at the top of that list.

Thompson is more than an actor, he’s an accomplished public servant and lawyer. What he would bring to the race would be more than just star power, which is why there’s such interest in his candidacy. Even if he chooses not to run, don’t count him out — chances are he could end up being the star of the second act…

2 responses to “The “Law And Order” Candidate?”

  1. Mark says:

    Ah, yes. The party that wins elections in Middle America by running against those filth peddlers in Hollywood is once again skateboarding through Tinseltown. Ronald Reagan….Arnold Schwarzenegger….Sonny Bono….and now, Fred Thompson of TV’s “Law and Order”. And the GOP is constantly in talks trying to recruit Hollywood righties Dennis Miller, Bo Derek, and Kelsey Grammer to run for elected office as well. Given the GOP’s obviously insatiable appetite for all things celebrity, I have a recommendation….Britney Spears. As recently as 2003, she was a George Bush cheerleader. And even today, she’s closer to the threshold of sanity than the average Republican politician.

    If nothing else, with Britney Spears in the mix, the Republicans would have one candidate with less hair than Fred Thompson.

  2. Jay Reding says:

    THOMPSON, Fred Dalton, a Senator from Tennessee; born in Sheffield, Ala., on August 19, 1942; attended the public schools in Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; graduated from Memphis State University 1964; received J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University 1967; admitted to the Tennessee bar in 1967 and commenced the practice of law; assistant U.S. attorney 1969-1972; minority counsel, Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities (“Watergate Committee”) 1973-1974; special counsel to Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander 1980; special counsel, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations 1980-1981; special counsel, Senate Intelligence Committee 1982; member, Tennessee Appellate Court Nominating Commission 1985-1987; actor; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in the November 8, 1994, special election to fill the unexpired portion of the term ending January 3, 1997, left vacant by the resignation of Albert Gore, Jr.; took the oath of office on December 2, 1994; reelected in 1996 for the term ending January 3, 2003; not a candidate for reelection in 2002; chair, Committee on Governmental Affairs (One Hundred Fifth and One Hundred Sixth Congresses; One Hundred Seventh Congress [January 20, 2001-June 6, 2001]); resumed acting career.

    http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=T000457