Posted: 08/27/07 14:50
by Dave Mindeman
One of the bloggers on Politico (Jonathan Martin) talked about the "exploratory" candidacy of Fred Thompson. He gave a speech at the Midwestern Republican Leadership Conference. It was a somber speech and Martin explains the highlights this way:
There are three major challenges, Thompson said, and none are being given appropriate attention or sufficient commitment. National security ("our country's in danger; it's going to be that way for a long time to come" ), the economy ("we are doing steady damage to our economy, that if we don't do things better it's going to result in economic disaster for future generations" ) and the polarization, cynicism and incompetence gripping the capital ("in order to have leadership you got to have somebody who's going to follow; our people follow, but they don't have any confidence in what's being said or who's saying it")I simply believe that on the present course that we're going to be a weaker, less prosperous, more divided nation than what we have been," Thompson told the crowd in a deep baritone that rarely strayed from an even tone. "I do not say that lightly, but I think it's the truth. And I think the American people are ready for the truth." " ).
Now I think former Senator Thompson needs to be reminded that since 2000, it was the GOP that controlled the legislative process for most of that time.....and the White House for all of that period.
So if Senator Thompson is concerned that the danger level has not dissipated, or the economy is being damaged, or there is no confidence in our leadership.... well, excuse me, Fred, but you are talking about your own party's performance.
If that "present course" needs to be changed, it would seem that electing the same people who have been in power would not produce the desired result.
Wouldn't you think?