"I didn't watch it," says dark horse Fred Thompson in an engaging Brietbart TV interview re the recent MSNBC ten-little-indians sideshow . "Ten people and Chris Matthews. That's quite a challenge, shall we say?" Compare the authentic conversational tone with Hillary's transparently all-about-me invitation to join her in "conversation" in the early days of her presidential bid. "National security has to be the overriding issue," adds Fred, even as Hillary is "calling for" a reneging of authorization for the war in Iraq.
"Besides his strong defense of federalism and his obvious telegenic qualities, Thompson does not cut a profile different from the top-tier GOP candidates," asserts Daniel Drezner, challenging his readers to respond to the question
Will Thompson only be the flavor of the month until he announces?
Those were fighting words -- not to mention grist for our blogmill -- what with our just having watched and listened to and fallen head-over-heels all over again for the Fredster himself in a soothingly straight-shooting Brietbart TV interview now making the rounds. You can listen to it here ["BOOKMARK THIS NEW SITE. IT'S GOING TO MAKE HISTORY!" notes an appealingly hyperventilating Lucianne]. We're still bothered with Thompson's having supported McCain-Feingold, of course, but nobody's perfect. While all about him were losing their heads at Thursday's Republican "debate," this dark horse has been moving up along the inner rail, with op eds showing up at Pajamas Media, Red State, National Review Online and other blogs, building "a buzz online," as CBS News headlines. Here's what we wrote in Drezner's comments:
My gut feeling is that Fred Thompson's come-from-behind "strategery" is akin to that of "dark bay colt" Street Smart at yesterday's Kentucky Derby. As his jockey said, his voice atremble, "I've got all the faith in the world in this horse."
Faith, hope and love. It's downright Biblical. That's what Ronnie gave us way back when, and that's what the Democrats' suave, white-guilt-assuaging "perfect negro" -- Joe Biden's "articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy" who emerged full blown from Oprah's brow last fall -- is offering. Now we folks on the right side of the aisle have got our own savior figure upon which to project our own faith, hope and love. 'Don't know whether it will last, but for now we're enjoying the view.
Speaking of enjoying the view, want some frosting on the cake? Pro-American Frenchman Nicolas Sarkozy has won the presidential election 55% to 46%, with an 86% turnout. We were lucky enough to have been tuned in to C-Span just as his socialist opponent Ségolène Royal conceded and the man of the hour took the podium. As of this posting, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC haven't breathed a word, but PJMs Paris correspondent, Nidra Poller is on the case. Goosebumps to hear the new leader of La Belle France saying something we thought we'd never hear from our amis over there:
I would like our American friends to know that they can count on our friendship.
According to the Times, it probably won't make that much of a difference:
There is something about the French that resists a change, even in times of trouble. Historians famously trace it to the Enlightenment, when France developed a republican model based on the collective will. By contrast, republican models in Britain and America stressed the primacy of economics and individualism -- what the French still, with a shudder, call liberalism.
Even so, until further notice, Allons enfants de la Patrie!