Friday, September 7, 2007

The “Fred” Factor…

No not the book “The Fred Factor” by author Mark Sanborn (good book by the way), but the “Fred Thompson Factor”, and his decision to join the republican presidential contenders seeking the office. Will it be a “factor” at all?

I heard Laura Ingraham interview the Senator this morning and I liked him. Didn’t love him, and he didn’t impress me as a guy that is going to bring the “Reagan Factor” to the race, which is much needed. In all fairness, Fred can never be Reagan. He even stated on the show that Reagan was unique and he has never claimed that he was or could ever be Ronald Reagan. I happen to be reading the Reagan Diaries (an awesome read if you loved Reagan), and he was the real deal. We will be double blessed if we ever uncover another Reagan in our lifetime. But Fred is not that guy.

I think it was a big mistake for Fred to announce on Leno rather than join the NH debate. The debate far outnumbered Leno in viewers, and the viewers watching the debate were the voters Fred needed to connect with to win the primary. Bad choice, yesterday’s news. Moving forward we will see if he makes another bad decision like that. We’ll be watching.

I am still not “jazzed” about the current field although there are a number of good men in the race. I really wish there was a conservative woman in the race. I think we could be served well by a number of the current candidates if elected. I could live with Romney or Huckabee, possibly Rudy but I am already getting NYC fatigue (and I am a native New Yorker!).

Based on Fred’s entrance into the race, we have seen him at his peak. I hope I’m wrong and he starts to ignite some kind of passion in me, but I am not holding my breath. The only thing I know for sure; there is no democrat in the race that I would be comfortable calling president. And for those that would say there is no democrat I could embrace as president; you’re right. So if it is Fred instead of a democrat, then let it be Fred. Just a thought…

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I respectfully disagree with you on Rudy. I was impressed by him as well as Huckabee and think "NYC fatigue" is just democratic jargon. NYC IS Rudy's record and where most of his experience comes from--how would one expect him to answer questions without referencing his time in NYC??

I personally have not been "jazzed" by anyone of the rep. either but after watching the debate thought Rudy appeared to be in his element and was able to anwser some tough questions with ease. I was hoping for more from Mitt-but he seemed to stumble with his answers and a bit uncomfortable. Huckabee holds my traditional values and was able to convey them with confidence and authourity (maybe a vp nomination??)

Tricia

Rich said...

I think Rudy is generally a good man and I wouldn't be disappointed if he were elected. I do think he has great credibility cleaning up NY. I don't like what's currently being reported that he doesn't see illegal immigration as truly a criminal act. To soften his illegal immigration stand will be to soften his support from primary voters. I am checking the validity of the reports...

Sheri said...

On a morning talk show here, discussion was about Fred looking tired -- where's his energy? I do have to agree with that. He needs to at least look energized. I saw a bit of him on Leno and he looked saggy and baggy :) I know he has a little girl, she's probably tiring the poor guy out!