Check out this link from The Telegraph, a daily online newspaper in England (link).
I must say, when I heard that Fred Thompson was considering a run for the White House, I was hopeful. Even though I’m too young to remember anything of Reagan’s presidency (I was only 5 when he left office), my initial impression of the man was that he might be a very Reaganesque candidate. The biggest commonality that I saw between the two was their background in acting. One of the reasons why Reagan was so good in public was because of his acting background. I honestly expected Thompson to be able to command a stage and deliver a speech with gusto.
Well, I was mistaken. Fred Thompson kept dragging his feet on getting into the race, causing me to wonder if he would ever declare. This was one of the first reasons I started looking at other candidates to support. When he finally did declare, even though I had already found a candidate that I liked, I was anxious to see how he would perform. The first time I saw him speak was in his first debate appearance. I did not come away impressed. I know that I should not judge someone solely on debate performance, but I came away from it feeling like Fred did not have a good enough command of the issues to deliver strong answers to the questions asked.
As time has gone on, I have lost even more respect for Fred. His latest comment, about doubting his own chances for the presidency, makes me wonder why he is still in the race. If the man does not have the courage and the guts to lower his shoulder and soldier on during the long hard days leading up to the primaries what makes people think that he will be able to handle the challenges of the presidency?
I wanted to like Fred. I wanted him to be like Reagan so that I could say I lived through the presidency of another great man. I had hoped to hear rousing speeches and a quick wit. I wanted to hear strong arguments for conservative values. So far, I have heard and seen none of these things from Thompson.
Thompson appears to be fading. If he continues to make comments like the one picked up by The Telegraph, it will only be a matter of time before his candidacy become a self-fulfilling prophesy and he drops out of the race. When/if that happens, it will leave a number of voters looking for a home. I wonder who they will turn to?
Romney, who has waffled on so many issues that the country of Belgium is considering naming a town after him.
Giuliani, who has shown leadership, but lacks a strong conservative record.
McCain, who also has a questionable record.
Or could it be someone else? Could it be the candidate who has perhaps proven to be the most Reaganesque? Mike Huckabee has shown that he knows the issues and that he is not afraid to stand up for what he believes. He has proven to be an eloquent and funny speaker with a gift for appealing to everyday folks. He comes off as the kind of guy you could run into down at the coffee shop and talk to comfortably. At the same time, he commands the stage whenever he speaks. When/if Thompson drops out of the race, Huckabee has a great opportunity to pick up a number of his supporters. That will have the potential to move Huckabee up in the polls and increase his fundraising abilities.
Mike Huckabee continues to move up in the polls and he is slowly showing the country that he is a political force to be reckoned with. His message has proven to be appealing to the majority of people who hear it. If he can raise the funds necessary to spread that message at a national level, his standing will only go up.