Carol Platt Liebau: Just a Bit Overblown

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Just a Bit Overblown

The MSM is trumpeting the fact that both Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson are tied at 24% in the newest Rasmussen poll.

Much as I hate to rain on anyone's parade, it's worth pointing out that this is much better news for Rudy than it is for Fred Thompson. That's because Thompson's polls are not likely to go up after he announces . . . he's been basking in the honeymoon of not having to take tough positions, articulate policies or endure a lot of the media (and other candidate) slings and arrows that will surely confront him once he formally enters the presidential race.

At the moment, every disaffected voter is free to read anything he wants to see into Fred Thompson -- from a Reaganesque charm to an Arthur Branchesque wisdom and toughness on crime. But these delightful images are too often dispelled once a candidate decides to roll up his sleeves and get into the rough and tumble of a presidential race.


Blogger Bachbone said...

Sen. Thompson had the good sense to realize that "real" life is not inside the Beltway and to voluntarily get out. For that fact alone, he gets an A+ and a head start in my book.

6:15 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

Another blog posted a link to a site containing how candidates voted or supported issues of the day. Thompson was included and was the subject of the blogger. While I would have liked more detail on the votes he made, such as the exact wording, whether or not voting "for" something meant also voting "for" something he didn't want, or just clarifications of some sort. Superficially, most of his votes I agree with, as presented in the piece. Still waiting for more meat.

6:38 PM  

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