Thompson underwhelming?

by Sal on May 7, 2007

in Politics

Many conservatives have been excited about the prospects of Law & Order star and former Sen. Fred Thompson running for the presidency.  His stance on the issues, his general familiarity with the American public, and his acting career reminding many of Ronald Reagan.  Additionally, the conservative dissatisfaction with the current crop of candidates has led many to be hoping for a Thompson candidacy. 

Last Friday Thompson gave a speech at the Lincoln club in Newport Beach, CA.  Bob Novak reports that Thompson underwhelmed with a speech that didn’t seem polished, was often not audible, and was very low-key.  The question is how indicative this speech was of Thompson’s ability to campaign. 

Conservatives want and need someone who can articulate the Conservative vision and sell it to the American people, someone who speaks well, inspires people, and goes after liberals (none of the “new tone” B.S.).  If Thompson is as this article states, then he is not the solution.  With that assumption, Mitt Romney appears to be our best hope.  He was articulate and forceful, both as Governor of MA and in last week’s debate.  His supposed new-found changes of heart are concerning, and need serious scrutiny, but as of now he is the best chance conservatives have. 

One question remaining is are there any other Thompsons out there?  Will Newt run, and if he does, will he make a difference and is he electable?  Are there any other candidates who may drop their name in the hopes of an upset?  Stay tuned….

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Mike May 7, 2007 at 12:41 pm

I didn’t see the speech but I heard the reaction was completely different than what Novak reported. I can’t say if I agree with Novak or not. I’m just saying that many people who were there had a different take.

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Ryan May 7, 2007 at 3:19 pm

My initial problem with Thompson when I saw him on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace a few weeks ago was that he was underwhelming, seemed sluggish and sometimes even lethargic. He was very unexciting and spoke very softly in a murmurish tone. He seemed labored by the direct questions Wallace asked him and it seemed to me that if this guy is the hope of conservatism, then we’re in big trouble from a PR standpoint! Novak’s observance sounded a lot like the performance Thompson gave on that FNS interview. Despite Thompson’s message, one’s appearance when articulating big issues is important. “Underwhelmed” is definitely the right word to describe Thompson in my book so far.

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