Former Sen. Fred Thompson has begun assembling the core of a campaign team in preparation for a possible run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008.
The only problem for Thompson is that even though the primaries are close to ten months away, he is very late to get in. He has no money, and would be assembling a staff on the fly.
While the “Law & Order” actor has not decided whether he will run or not, “he is getting more serious every day,” an adviser told The Politico.
At some point he’s going to have to get in or get off the sidelines.
Thompson placed third among Republicans in a recent USA Today/Gallup poll, garnering 12 percent of the vote behind former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Sen. John McCain from Arizona. It was the first Gallup poll taken after Thompson announced on March 11 that he may run for the White House.
This is impressive, but it’s hardly a ringing endorsement. Those members of the GOP who vote in primaries know about this development, and while 12% is not bad, it is hardly the stuff a mandate is made from.
Advisers say Thompson has been encouraged by the response at a time when many conservative Republicans are unhappy with the GOP front-runners for 2008.
A telling statement at a family gathering. My family is very Republican and are rather Conservative. They are culturally more Conservative than myself, as they are active Evangelicals, while I have some of the ideas in my mind, but am not actively involved in any church. When I spoke about Thompson’s run, I was greeted with this question, “Why”, aren’t there enough in the field already. I replied that some of the base was not happy with the lack of a true Conservative. The reply was telling how many may feel: “Conservative?” If Rudy Giuliani isn’t Conservative in that he is pro-defense and for smaller government, than people don’t know what a Conservative is anymore.
I have to state that I agree. The term Conservative has been hijacked by the more socially zealous base of the GOP. Anyone who saw how Giuliani ran NYC, how he cleaned the streets from crime, how he stood up to Arafat when he was at a public event, and how he made NYC streets from a warzone, filled with drug peddlers, smut shops, prostitutes, and nuisance crimes, and what the city was like while he was mayor, and remains to this day, understands that having room for discussion on gun control – like a big city mayor would not want the number of guns to be limited, abortion – I thought the GOP complained when the Dems used the reciprocal litmus test for a candidate, and gay rights; don’t think that homosexuals will be lining up on the streets to get married if Rudy wins the election.
Right now the GOP is in BIG trouble, and that word is capitalized for a reason. While the extreme wing throws up names like Ron Paul, Tom Tancredo and Duncan Hunter, and some of the base would love a Thompson or a Brownbackcandidacy, it doesn’t seem like anyone is very excited by Mit Romney. The only way the GOP retains control of the Executive Branch is if there is serious drift from women, Independents and socially moderate/conservative Democrats, because right now people are lining up to register for the Dems. The GOP needs to wake up and throw out a consensus candidate. Right now that is Rudy or McCain, and Rudy has more traction than the Arizona Senator.