Newsweek’s Miss on Thompson

Newsweek (Holly Bailey) has some fluff up on Thompson.

It isn’t all that enlightening (emphasis mine):

While Thompson clearly carried the night, nagging questions continue to buzz around him like flies at a Labor Day fair. Does Thompson have the will to fight for the job? Can he stand the constant scrutiny? Will he do the work?

Are these real questions?  Who honestly thinks Thompson, who just declared he is running for office, and is entering into a favorable situation if polls and recognition are any clue, isn’t going to fight for the job?  How is a veteran politician and actor unprepared to “stand the constant scrutiny”?  And “Will he do the work”?  Come on.

The real questions are hinted at earlier in the article (emphasis mine):

Thompson was able to dominate the picture in part because the debate participants broke little new ground during their sparring—just as Thompson’s team had hoped. Asked by Leno why he skipped New Hampshire, Thompson shrugged. “I’ll do my share, but I don’t think it’s a very enlightening forum, to tell you the truth,” he said. “I’m certainly not disrespecting them, but it’s a lot more difficult to get on ‘The Tonight Show’ than it is to get on a presidential debate.” That one-liner appealed to an audience already weary of the seemingly endless rounds of multicandidate sessions.

Thompson was free to roll out without much challenge his strategic bid to position himself as a Washington outsider who can appeal to average people—even though he has been a creature of the Beltway for decades and still lives there.

In the video Thompson lays out themes likely to be the stuff of stump speeches to come: fiscal responsibility, a desire to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil and concern about rising health care costs. But he offers precious few details on what he would do about those problems if he were elected president.

This paints a pretty clear picture of the candidate.  A man who doesn’t see the point in debates.  A man who, right off the bat, is lying when the proof to the contrary is in plain view.  A man who offers platitudes instead of policies.

This isn’t the picture of a candidate who “carried the night”.  It is a pale shadow of our current President.  The questions we should be asking Fred Thompson:

  • Do you believe in Democratic discourse?  Will yours be another presidency of loyalty oaths, screened events, and photo ops?
  • Is your attempt to portray yourself as an outsider who appeals to average people a stale rehash of your red truck trick?
  • Does your idea of fiscal responsibility extend to corporations?
  • What about social responsibility?
  • Why won’t you support single payer health care when it would reduce health care costs and save lives?

These are the questions reporters should be asking.  In the meantime, we’ll have to pitch in and pick up Newsweek’s journalistic slack.

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2 Responses

  1. Thompson is a pretty sneaky little SOB, most forget that he was Nixon’s mole during Watergate.

    I watched him on Leno and I was falling asleep the guy has no energy and he seems so matter of fact about the debate process. I think he avoided NH because he has nothing of real value to bring to the table. HE is Hollywood hype.

    He will stay the course in Iraq and I am sure he will finish Cheney’s plan to invade Iran.

  2. “Skeletor” Thompson has always chased the easy money, wherever it may be, and he’s always fudged where he had to to get it done. Red pickup truck, anyone?

    I am looking forward to how he reacts when Rudy and “Hunter” Romney start turning the screws, as they surely will.

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