Well, there's the reality:
Not ready for prime time
Earlier this week, former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer said it's not too late for Fred Thompson to compete for the GOP nomination, but to make up for lost time, the former senator must demonstrate "a command over policy issues." Fleischer added, "He's got to knock the policy questions out of the park."
So much for that idea.
Freshly minted GOP White House hopeful Fred Thompson puzzled Iowans yesterday by insisting an Al Qaeda smoking ban was one reason freedom-loving Iraqis bolted to the U.S. side.
"They said, 'You gotta quit smoking,'" Thompson explained to a questioner asking about progress in Iraq during a town hall-style meeting. [...]
Thompson's tale of a smokers' revolt baffled some in the audience of about 150 who came to decide whether the former Tennessee senator is ready for prime time.
"I don't know what that was about," said Jim Moran, 72, who had driven from nearby McCook Lake, S.D.
Thompson's been getting a lot of that lately.
In just the last couple of days, Thompson has had trouble explaining his position on Social Security; dismissed the significance of Osama bin Laden, describing him as "more symbolism than anything else"; said he believes "we better figure out a way" to combat al Qaeda (not that he necessarily knows how), and proposed a bizarre constitutional amendment on gay marriage, arguing that "zero" state legislatures "have affirmatively approved gay marriage," a claim that happens to be wrong.
No wonder this guy is ducking debates; he's nowhere near ready for prime time.
Then there's the the smackdown, degree of difficulty: zero.
Here is the video of Senator Fred Thompson's announcement of his candidacy. I am very pleased. Watch the whole announcement. I like what he says and he knows how to use the media. He has a good chance to win the nomination and become the next President of the United States. God speed Senator Thompson!
Dr. Roy: Oh-for-infinity.
BUT HE'S JUST SO DREAMY. Apparently, the good doctor is not the only BT that doesn't recognize an empty suit when he sees one:
Fred Thompson Provides GOP With Serious Candidate
Senator Fred D. Thompson has announced his candidacy for President in 2008, and for many it comes as welcome news. While Rudy Giuliani has taken a battering so far surrounding his political career and confusing political strategy which mixes liberal and conservative policy, Senator Thompson is coming to the table with a clearer message.
Let's all check back in a few weeks when we'll find Raphael, his dreams crushed, wondering how all of that GOP hero worship could have gone so horribly wrong.