Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Fred Thompson to Run - Headquarters to Be in Nashville

So Fred Thompson, the Hollywood actor from Tennessee, will soon be a presidential candidate -- because you just can't have too many old white guys vying for captain of the Republican Disastership.

And the McCain campaign dead pool was formed yesterday.

Rightwingers are enthralled. They have finally found another actor willing to play the role of neocon president. Already there are plans to pull out Fred's shiny red pick-up truck so the Law and Order guy can better play at being a regular downhome guy. If you live in Iowa or New Hampshire, expect phony Fred in a red pick-up truck to be waxing 'folksy' at photo-op near you.

I wish I was kidding.

An adviser to the Republican actor told The New York Sun to expect the announcment of "the formation of a presidential 'testing-the-waters' committee early next week — possibly as early as Sunday."

Apparently, the tentative plan is to announce the candidacy over the 4th of July weekend. Maybe Fred will have fireworks in the background.

The divorced Hollywood actor will have campaign headquarters in Washington and Nashville.

We here in Nashville are positively thrilled at the prospect of having the Washington insider in our midst. Bill Frist and Fred Thompson too!

I knew something was up this morning even before I saw the good news for desperate conservatives in my inbox. The thrill of Thompson's potential campaign has renewed the interest in Thompson's trophy wife -- everyone wants to see this Jeri Kehn flirting with Wolfowitz photo.

Here's one of several Thompson fun facts: Fred Thompson's high school yearbook caption: "The lazier a man is, the more he plans to do tomorrow."

But Thompson is known far and wide as a "lackadaisical campaigner." Maybe that's why he has such a small role in Law and Order. In the words of a savvy Tennessee political columnist, "During his eight years in the U.S. Senate, an insertion into the Congressional Record amounted to heavy lifting."

And the fun just never quits. The WSJ reports that the infamous Tim Griffin, Rove hatchet-man and Arkansas GonzoGate attorney, may soon have a job offer from the Thompson campaign.

[Graphic: Fred Thompson and trophy wife Jeri Kehn, twenty-five years his junior. Is Fred's head big or what?]

Hat tip to memeorandum.