Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The Forrest Gump Candidate

Fred Thompson isn’t doing much acting these days, at least not in front of cameras. But he has been busy rehearsing in Washington for a run at the Republican ’08 nomination.

He’s getting a good deal of encouragement. The new USA Today/Gallup Poll shows him running third behind Giuliani and McCain (whose race is tightening), while Thompson is still off-camera, undeclared.

His standing confirms the power of movies and TV to shape the national mind, and it’s just too much to resist pointing out that one of his backers is a partner in the law firm of Akin Gump, evoking the image of that Baby Boomer icon who walks through life accumulating reknown from being accidently seen in the momentous events of his time.

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