Fred Thompson reappears launching new public role

“FredHeads” of this website can rejoice as former Republican Presidential candidate Fred Thompson has reemerged in a new public role advocating for Conservative principles. From this day forward, he’ll be blogging at Townhall.com giving his folksy opinions on a daily basis.

I know, Conservatives were hoping I’d say as a VP candidate or perhaps, the nuclear option, launching a third-party run. No dice since he’s taken a seat on the straight-talk express.

Here’s an excerpt from his first entry:

Spending some time on the campaign trail has confirmed a couple of thoughts I’ve had before I entered the Republican primary race.

First, conservatism is alive and well in America; don’t let anyone tell you differently. And by conservatism, I don’t mean the warmed-over “raise your hand if you believe …” kind of conservatism we see blooming every election cycle. No, I’m speaking of the conservatism grounded in principles based upon enduring truths: an understanding of the importance of human nature in the affairs of individuals and nations. Respect for the lessons of history, the importance of faith and tradition. The understanding that while man is prone to err, he is capable of great things when not subjugated by a too-powerful government. These are the principles that inspired our Founding Fathers, and resulted in a Constitution that delineated the powers of the central government, established checks and balances among the branches of government and further diffused governmental power by a system of Federalism.

Second, change – whether it “real change,” “bold change” or the “change we can believe in” variety others are selling – isn’t itself an innovative policy or a particularly strong leadership stance. In fact, from Burke to Buckley, there has been an acknowledgement that change in the political arena is inevitable and necessary, and we in the U.S. tend to experience it in regular, 2, 4 and 6 year intervals, so 2008 is hardly our first rodeo. The challenge for conservatives is calibrating whether the change being proposed is consistent with our principles and our philosophy, and whether that change is appropriate.

We’ll see if his column turns into a pro-McCain outlet or he becomes critical as a conservative opponent.

OK, not exactly newsworthy but it fills space. Plus, I’ve made it a habit of following up on the former candidates from both sides as they all have a public appeal in some form.

  • Now, Fred is a true conservative! But if you blinked recently you would have thought that McCain was a “conservative”. “And by conservatism, I don’t mean the warmed-over “raise your hand if you believe …” kind of conservatism we see blooming every election cycle,” was that a shot at McCain? Speak it Fred. Although I’m pleased to see Fred doing well, it still pains me to see John McCain as our nominee, conservative my foot.

  • Christopher Schwinger

    Fred generates a larger-than-life buzz every time there’s news about him!!! How nice to hear from him regularly! 🙂

  • Christopher Schwinger

    I wrote the head of Townhall Magazine, respectfully inquiring whether he’d be willing to pass on my message to Fred. My message was basically an invitation to work with http://www.thompsoncoalition.com to elect conservatives, and/or even add input from time to time as we “stand strong”. Five minutes later, the response: “Happy to do so. Thank you Christopher.” Oh, I’m so excited 🙂 !

  • Michelle

    Wasn’t he in that movie Baby’s Day Out? I caught that on Encore with my son and it was just delightful!

  • Babs

    I like Thompson, too, very much. He did a 3 part interview on Fox about his campaign, McCain, and the VP possibility. Here’s the transcript:

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,352582,00.html

  • Stalin

    CG,

    Too bad McCain is so old, otherwise Fred would be on the short list for VP. You can’t have 2 guys over 65 on the ticket, it just won’t play.

  • Babs

    No he wouldn’t Stalin, he said he had no interest in attending funerals in other countries (paraphasing). I’m assuming that’s his summation of what a VP does. Pretty spot on, too.

  • Stalin

    Babs,

    OK, he would be on my short list. 🙂

  • Babs

    Mine, too, aged or not. He was on my short list as THE candidate. 🙂

  • Melvin

    See here is a case where I would honestly want to appeal to both sides of the isle by having an Obama/Thompson ticket.

    Well to be honest that would be a great ticket.

    I mean if everyone really wants to end the giant party line seperations.

  • Babs

    *LOL* Melvin, have you HEARD Thompson’s opinion of Obama? I think that would take more than crossing the aisle, it would take something like parting the Red Sea. 🙂

  • Babs

    Just caught a video of Thompson on Fox & Friends, anyone who’s a fan should take a look. Good interview. It’s on his blog page:

    http://townhall.com/blog/g/429e90a4-e299-4d3a-82b1-e440b3db6354

  • Melvin

    “LOL” oh believe me Babs I know; but wouldn’t it be fun. 🙂

    I think it would be the first time someone had to pat down the VP every time he walked into the oval office.

  • Stalin, Thompson is the anti-McCain. I really respect the fact that he’s not willing to pander to McCain for a VP spot, even though it seems that all the other republican candidates (Huckabee, Guiliani, Romney) are jockeying for a VP or administration spot. I really believe that Fred is not in it for himself, rather he weighs political positions by what services he can bring to the table. I liked his response to Hannity which he stated that he thought there were things to be done that only the President can do. He had a very similar outlook on his senate position in which he stated that his service to the country and senate should not be and would not be a career for the rest of his life but just as long as this country needed him. I think career politicians such as McCain, Kennedy, Bird, Thurmond and so on really are waisting our time and tax dollars to support their careers. The thing that really gets me about McCain is that he’s such a sell out. He and other career politicians forget that they’re elected to represent their constituents and not themselves. The only way I would have ever considered voting for McCain would have been if Fred was the VP, and even then my vote would be based on the understanding that JM could have health issues and not complete his term, sad to think that way I know, but it’s reality.

  • Stalin

    CG,

    Yes I agree. I wish more politicians would follow his lead and “get in and get out” and not make a career out of spending our hard earned money. It’s too bad that he didn’t have a better showing, I was really surprised. Hopefully he will have a place in the new administration to act as an anchor for us conservatives.