The Politico's Mike Allen has a story up claiming that Fred Thompson will enter the 2008 presidential race over the 4th of July holiday.
And 10-15% of the GOP establishment is excited about this?
You've got to be sh*tting us.
Our world has changed. Dramatically. Our problems are more complicated, more dynamic and more interconnected than ever before.
We have big energy problems. We have big economic problems. We have big national security problems. We have big environmental problems. We have problems that we haven't even thought of yet.
Complexity is the name of the 21st century game.
And into this thicket the GOP would send Fred "every problem in the 21st century can be solved with lower taxes, less government and a strong national security" Thompson?
Conventional wisdom holds that the single most compelling feature of a Thompson candidacy would be his magnetism.
So Thompson can tell a good story and make people laugh with a clever joke about Hollywood and DC. The guy is an actor. Of course he can do that.
But that means nothing. Actually, in 2007, it should mean less than nothing.
A Thompson candidacy is nothing more than a bunch of white old guys sitting around The Prime Rib trying to convince themselves that things really were as "good" and as "simple" as they think they remember they were.
Simplicity is the hobgoblin of a little mind.
Nonetheless, the Gang of 500 urges Thompson on (only to tear him apart later).
Meanwhile, David Walker goes begging for ink.
And the Republican Party brand continues to disintegrate.
We're just saying.