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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Freddie = Ronnie

Is Fred Thompson the long-prophesied Second Coming of Reagan? Let's examining the shocking similarities (and ignore for the moment the shocking ineptitude of the Thompson Campaign):

  1. Actor of minimal talent? Check!
  2. Fake populist rhetoric? Check!
  3. Intellectual laziness? Check!
  4. "Tough guy" image completely unanchored in reality? Check!
  5. Severe allergic reaction to the truth? Check!
  6. Vapid, jingoistic sloganeering masquerading as patriotism? Check!
  7. Background as a snitch (Reagan for the FBI, Thompson on the Watergate Cmte)? Check!

There are, of course, differences. As a lawyer, Thompson at least recognizes the laws he supports ignoring. Moreover, with his background as a lobbyist, Thompson presumably has a passing familiarity with the government, both how it works on paper and how it works in reality (i.e., money talks). Also, there are no reports as yet indicating that Thompson takes advice from celebrity pyschics via his trophy wife.

UPDATE: E.J. Dionne, Jr. on Freddie: back to the future.

UPDATE 2: Another view on the same topic from The Right's Field.

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Anonymous dave said...

He's even played a president several times on the screen. U.S. Grant in "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," a fictional one named Ross, and, you're gonna love this, Andrew Jackson. I was unable to find out if he'd co-starred with a chimp. Yet.

9/06/2007 10:50 AM  
Blogger Brody said...

Sure he has costarred with a chimp, he was in an episode of "Sex in the City..."

Oooooh. Wait. That was just Sarah Jessica Parker. My bad.

9/06/2007 11:59 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

Andrew Jackson, as if I needed another reason to despise this jowly old fraud.

"Oooooh. Wait. That was just Sarah Jessica Parker. My bad."

Whoa, hey now...

9/07/2007 2:59 PM  

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