30th April 2007

Fred Thompson draws more parallels to Ronald Reagan

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I’ve mentioned before that Fred Thompson has some striking resemblances to Reagan, enough that he’s garnering more and more popular attention. Apparently others from the Reagan camp are seeing the similiarities as they are now signing up. Look here for the whole article.

Reagan’s men are backing – an actor

By Tim Shipman in Washington, Sunday Telegraph

Last Updated: 1:02am BST 29/04/2007

Ronald Reagan’s closest allies are throwing their weight behind the White House bid by the late president’s fellow actor, Fred Thompson.

There’s alot more alike between the 2 besides the ability to memorize a script and emote.

Clark Judge, a White House speechwriter for Mr Reagan, said: “Fred Thompson, like Ronald Reagan, is a man of tremendous substance. There is a sense in the party that none of the candidates is quite ‘it’.”

The people gathering behind Fred right now are pretty important, especially considering who they were behind before.

A key figure in the Reagan inner circle has now given his seal of approval to Mr Thompson, best known as a star of the television crime drama Law and Order.

As deputy chief of staff, Michael Deaver was a key member of the “troika” of aides who kept the Reagan White House on track. With the chief of staff James Baker and special assistant Ed Meese, he was the master of image and presentation.

Perhaps Deaver sees parallel’s between what the country was facing during Reagan and what we are facing now.

  • A demoralized populace, then tired of recession even to the point of a “misery index” versus now a populace that is disgusted with hearing nothing but the bad in America, Iraq, and the world.
  • A Global Enemy, then it was Communism in the form of the USSR yet it was still an ideology, now it’s more ideological in the form of global jihad with Al-Quaeda being it’s face.
  • Iran, nuff said there.
  • A hostile democratic congress then and now.
  • A weak Republican party with a dispirited base then and now.

Perhaps that’s why the hue and cry is so loud for a new “Reagan” to come and pull us out. That more then anything might be what is powering the surge in Fred Thompsons popularity. Thompson, I feel, sees this surge and recognized where it comes from. Now all that is needed is for him to want to rise to the challenge. That was something the Gipper was never afraid of, staring a challenge dead in the eye and saying “America will overcome”. If Thompson wants to take the mantle of Reagan, that’s an attitude he’s going to have to be willing to embrace.

On Friday Mr Thompson will address the 45th annual dinner of the Lincoln Club, which is billed as the “largest and most active political club in the United States.” The invitation was one that other Republican candidates had tried to secure.

The club includes some of California’s richest businessmen – a necessity if you need to raise $20 million quickly in order to compete with Mr Giuliani, John McCain and Mitt Romney. The club found $100,000 for the 2003 campaign to oust California’s Democrat governor, Gray Davis, which helped Arnold Schwarzenegger into the post.

Mr Thompson has shown that he recognises the importance of assuming the Reagan mantle. He is on record as saying: “Ronald Reagan believed in something. How much we need that today. He showed what can be done if you have the will to push for tough choices, and the ability to ask the people to accept them.”

Let’s hope Thompson does understand. The current crop of candidates is nothing more then sacrifical lambs against Hillary or Obama.

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