Friday, September 07, 2007

Is Freddy Ready?

Just like Hillary Clinton’s announcement, no one can really say it came as a shock that Fred Thompson made his bid for the White House. Sure, he made his announcement on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, but hey, it worked well for fellow Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger.

But Thompson’s revelation couldn’t have come at a more heated time for the Republicans. In addition to the resignations of two controversial Bush stars, Karl Rove and Alberto Gonzales, but there is Sen. Larry Craig, who can’t seem to decide to go gently into that good night.

But Thompson seems to be bringing his own bit of controversy to the political table. He’s against Roe vs. Wade, calling it a “bad law and bad medical science” and would like to overturn it. Sure, most conservative Republicans are against the abortion law but Thompson said this almost a month ago. It’s certainly a bold statement to make right before announcing his candidacy.

And gay rights is another issue that many will have against Thompson.

“I don’t think that one state ought to be able to pass a law requiring gay marriage or allowing gay marriage and have another state be required to follow along,” Thompson told CNN back in August.

Some are calling Thompson too conservative, especially in the wake of President George Bush. With many are tired of Bush, even from his own party, this can severely hurt Thompson’s chances.

But so far, it hasn’t. Yet. However, he does have strong support from grassroots organizations, such as Friends of Fred. And there is no denying that Thompson has a lot of charisma and his role in the Law & Order series as District Attorney Arthur Branch will certainly help him.

But with his background, Thompson should be able to weather the political battle that is ahead of him. But it’s not his political background as a former senator of Tennessee that will help him but his acting in dramas that will certainly prepare him for life in the political arena.