Mike Reagan on Fred Thompson - The walls between Thompson and the White House
Reagan addresses some issues surrounding the Fred Thompson movement. His Cancer and Thompson's statements about how he does not have to campaign. He plans a absentee candidacy.
"Fred Thompson all but shrugged off that burden when he appeared on Neil Cavuto’s show Wednesday, implying that his solid conservative message and his high profile and charisma could substitute for his physical presence."
Reagan points to his fathers 1980 campaign that used the same tactics. He writes
“it was in 1980, during the crucial Iowa primary caucuses. My father, Ronald Reagan, was an obvious absentee candidate. His top advisers convinced him that his presence in that key state was not really necessary – after all, he was a major celebrity with charisma radiating out of every pore in his body. He could simply rise above the battle by staying off the battlefield. Unlike my dad, I was there and I saw at first hand how much his campaign was suffering from his absence. My fears were totally justified when George Bush, who was all over the place, beat my father hands down. After that, he fired those campaign advisers and went out and beat the bushes and in the end won the nomination.”
He also brings up the issue of money($0 so far) and putting together a quality campaign staff. Read it all here.
I have questioned Thompson's efforts before. I still question his desire to serve and lead. I am glad Reagan also questions this. It will take more than Hollywood name recognition to win. It will take a full time candidate working hard every minute. That work should have already begun. I will stay with Duncan Hunter.