Former Senator-turned-actor Fred Thompson may not even be running, but his supporters are already getting on my nerves. Some people have been treating Thompson as if he is some sort of savior for the Republicans in 2008, a candidate who will swoop in when called and unite the Conservative vote. This is nonsense.
The biggest arguments against “Rudy McRomney”, the supposed RINO-monster threatening the GOP, is that it is composed of Giuliani (a liberal Republican, at best), John McCain (an unfaithful Republican), and Mitt Romney (a flip-flopper). Now the Giuliani and McCain arguments are fair statements, but to call Romney a flip-flopper is absurd. Romney switched positions on social issues, but he did it once, and as part of a right-ward shift that took years. Besides, lets assume for a minute that Romney is a “flip-flopper”, fine, but then you have to include Ronald Reagan and even Thompson himself in the flip-flop club. The truth is, Romney’s change of positions is no different than the switches made by former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, and Senator Thompson, who was also once pro-choice. Thompson might also have to answer for being known as lazy. You can say many things about Romney, but lazy is definitely not one of them.
The idea that Thompson has the ability to enter the race, provide no new ideas or plans, take virtually all support from Romney and the other Conservatives, and still take support enough from Rudy or McCain to win is also crazy. The only thing Thompson would do is split the vote, and the latest polls show it. If Thompson were a candidate touting a well-developed plan and saying he will run only if another Conservative can’t top Rudy and McCain, then I would have less of a problem, but he’s not. Other people are attempting to bring him in as a person to counter Romney, either not knowing or ignoring the fact that he would have the same problems.