Fred Thompson has finally ended the months of speculation and has jumped into the GOP nomination fray, and not a moment too soon.
In his announcement on the Jay Leno show, Fred lays down the law, as any good actor/lawyer has to. Fred believes:
- that Saddam Hussein was pursuing nuclear weapons, and that's why we had to go to war
- that our main opponents in Iraq are Al Qaeda (another widely debunked claim)
- that the recent elections in Iraq ("those people who put ink on their fingers" is how Fred describes them) was the "first time in history in that part of the world" (I guess we can give him a pass at forgetting Afghanistan, but Lebanon, Mauritania, and Israel have had a few elections, and Yemen is struggling in the right direction, the first two and last with little US support)
- that we can't leave Iraq until we "get the job done" (even Jay Leno asked him what the heck that means, and Thompson did not have an answer--all he could say was we need to "pacify" Iraq, "sitting there on those oil reserves" (YES HE REALLY SAID THAT))
- that his "red truck" campaign shows us that Fred is just an aw-shucks, get away from the staff, salt of the earth regular guy
I posted earlier, asking Blue Oregon readers to help me understand the GOP fascination with Mitt Romney.
Thompson is an even bigger puzzle. His background: he did pretty well in his first Senate race, turning a 20 point deficit into victory, and while not actually coasting, did reasonably well in his next two races. He was distinguished on Capitol Hill as a strong voice for ethics and reform, drawing on his legacy in the Watergate hearings. He has a long history as an ultimate insider, a quite successful lobbyist. Then there are the years on Law and Order.
And this is the best the GOP can come up with?