I was worried about Fred Thompson. Of all the potential Republican candidates for President, he’s the one who didn’t seem obviously disqualified (other than by a complete lack of accomplishment, as Mickey Kaus points out). As the “top tier” of Forked-tongue McCain, blow-dried flapjack Romney, and Rudy the Clueless self-destructs, he might very well wind up as the nominee; if he could just make a noise like a moderate for a while, he might match Bush’s accomplishment of fooling a bare majority into voting for him.
Not to worry. Thompson has decided to run as the red-meat, hardcore wingnut candidate. He thinks it’s just awful that the latest hostage crisis was resolved without anyone getting killed. Somehow I doubt the country is ready for one more President who delights in shedding other people’s blood.
Update Turns out Thompson is more careful when the blood is his own. He graduated from law school in 1967. No mention of any military service in his bio: not even the National Guard.
And here’s the bonus: having gotten his start in big-time politics as the Republican (i.e., pro-Nixon) counsel for the Senate Watergate Committee, Thompson is raising money for the Scooter Libby defense fund, and has announced that he’d pardon Libby without waiting for him to exhaust his appeals.
Oh, yeah, and he promises to appoint judges who would overturn Roe v. Wade. Bring him on, I say!