Fred Thompson on Hannity and Colmes
Fred and Jeri Thompson appeared on Hannity and Colmes tonight. Fred sounded good, and I got a better idea of who he is and what he is like.
Fred Thompson, depending on your point of view, is either amazingly arrogant or reassuringly confident. To listen to him tell it, after he retired from the Senate, he was through with politics, but after he had two children, he started thinking about the world they would grow up in. In the wake of 9/11, he saw a need for a strong President, and if you want something done right, do it yourself. I suppose that this shows his confidence in his ability to do the job, but it seems that his primary reason for running is a bit different from most. Most candidates say that they are looking out for America, and think that they can provide effective leadership. I'm not sure that Fred's reasoning is worse than the others, but it is a bit unusual.
Fred also defended Rush Limbaugh. While this may seem like a no-brainer from a Republican candidate, it apparently isn't. Fred Thompson is the first and, as I write this, the only Republican candidate to express support. Rudy Giuliani hasn't said anything about the affair, and John McCain said that he disagreed with Rush if Media Matters was correct in their interpretation. Mitt Romney, incredibly, condemned Rush as soon as the story broke. It's not like everyone was waiting for Mitt's opinion on this matter, so not waiting at least a few days is incredibly stupid politically, not to mention the incredible unfairness of his condemnation.