Sneaky can­di­date

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

“Hav­ing watched the sec­ond Repub­li­can de­bate the other night, it’s clear to me the sub­ject to­day is Fred Thompson, the man who wasn’t there. While the other can­di­dates bang away earnestly in a frozen for­mat, Thompson con­tin­ues to sneak up from the creek and steal their un­der­wear — box­ers, briefs and tem­ple gar­ments,” Peggy Noo­nan writes at www.Opin­ionJour­

“He is run­ning a great cam­paign. It’s just not a de­clared cam­paign. It’s a guer­rilla cam­paign whose in­for­mal­ity is meant to ob­scure his in­tent. It has been go­ing on for months and is aimed at the ma­jor plea­sure zones of the Repub­li­can brain. In a se­ries of pointed col­umns, com­men­taries and pod­casts, Mr. Thompson has been talk­ing about things con­ser­va­tives ac­tu­ally talk about. Shouldn’t home­own­ers have the right to own a gun? Isn’t it bad that col­leges don’t teach mil­i­tary his­tory? How about that [new French Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las] Sarkozy — good news, isn’t it? Did you see [for­mer CIA chief Ge­orge J.] Tenet on [“Meet the Press”]? His book sounds shal­low, tell-all-y.

“Th­ese com­ments and opin­ions are be­ing read and for­warded in In­ter­net Na­tion. They are re­veal­ing and in­ter­est­ing, but they’re not heavy, not home­work. They have an air of ‘This is the sound of a can­di­date think­ing.’ That’s an un­usual sound,” Miss Noo­nan said.

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