It's Time For An Intervention
By Erick Posted in 2008 | Fred Thompson — Comments (46) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
You know, I really like you. I think you are great. I like your wife and I like the team you've built. I hope you're the GOP nominee for 2008. But if you don't pay attention to this, you are going to be a footnote in history. So pay attention.
Fred, I've run a lot of campaigns in the past decade. I may have never run a Presidential race, but by God what I'm seeing from you are classic novice mistakes. Fred, you've bought into the hype. You thought people really wanted a guy who was too cool to care. You really seem to think people want a guy who really seems uninterested in the job.
Well buddy, I've got to tell you, the reason you're in this race is because people can't get psyched about Romney. He wants the job too much. And people don't want to give the job to anybody who wants it that bad. Just ask Al Gore. But Fred, people don't like the opposite extreme either. And right now you are squarely at the opposite extreme, whether intended or not. People are getting the impression that you don't want the job at all, or at least you seem that way. You're not even trying Fred. And if you think you are trying and that's your best effort, then get on out of the race because you're starting to waste our time.
Fred, we want you. But you've got to show us you understand that. We're not happy with the other guys. They all suck, remember? And now you're acting like you've embraced the suck. You were an awesome non-candidate, but now you're failing to stand out from the pack.
So, what do we do? Go below the fold to find out.
How do we get you in the game again? It's not that hard. You're an actor for Pete's sake! Get somebody good to write a solid speech for you. You know, you're still the only guy to avoid putting out x-point plans and instead put out principles on which you are running.
Write a speech around those principles. Make it a twenty minute speech. Memorize it. Learn the applause lines and the punch lines. Fred, again, you are an actor. Here's the role you are cast in. You are the guy who the dissatisfied look to for leadership. A dark time has come to the country. And the people running for office do not inspire. They talk a good game, but the people are deeply suspicious. Enter Fred Dalton Thompson. He didn't ask for this leadership. It was thrust upon him. After a few stumbles, he rises to the occasion. He reminds people about how great their country is. He reminds them that the world, whether it knows it or not, depends on America to keep being that shining city on the hill.
Fred, your character is the guy who tells everyone that the opposition has embraced the fact that the sun is setting on America. And Fred, your character is going to stir them back to reality, back to the reality that the world is not a safe place, the European model the opposition lusts after has failed, and we only become second to China if we want to. And you're going to do it with big speeches to big crowds in crowded halls and small talks with small crowds online. You're going to the factories in Ohio and Michigan, you're going to Silicon Valley, and you're going on down to Florida where the free Cubans came to stay free and want to hear a guy who understands why American must remain big and strong and ass kicking great. Free trade, freedom, and federalism -- that's what you're about.
So memorize your damn lines Fred. Be the actor. Be the candidate we expected you to be. Or get out now.
Oh, and Fred, here's the plot for your script. The party in which you have enlisted to run for the Presidency has no chance of winning. The nation has aligned against it because the leader of your party stopped being about the party and started being about his legacy. He's a good man, but the nation is tired of him. He can't communicate and while the nation thinks he's a good man, he just can't convey the message and he's not quite who they thought they were getting.
So now your character, let's call him "Senator Thompson", realizes that neither he nor anyone else in his party is going to win. But by God there are some hard and serious and real truths that must be spoken and must be spoken now — without nuance. Those truths must be spoken because the people around you in your party have forgotten that your party is about life, liberty, and a government of the people that should leave the people the hell alone. It's either Senator Thompson or no one.
Now, the end of the story and the end of the plot is that your character, Senator Thompson, delivers the lines just like everyone imagined he would. He says the hard truths that needed to be said that no one else was saying. And the party that should not have won the White House did win the White House because the people saw he wasn't like the last guy and all the other guys would have been.
Now go work on the lines. The stage is lit. The audience is in its seats. It's show time and there is no understudy.
All the best,