Fred Thompson Makes A Late-Night Late Entry
And he brought up the WOT while at it.
I was live-blogging (after a delayed start due to internet connection issues!) the Republican debate last night with the guys at Heading Right (Captain Ed has a wrap-up here), and felt that Fred was right to have not taken part in the debate – which by the way, was the first real debate from either party. To begin with, while Fox and the moderators did an excellent job, it was the first night of school in most of the country; not a good night. The first primary is still months away, and the election is over a year away, so only us bloggers and die-hard political news junkies were watching, and even then, those of us who weren’t at the local schools for orientation.
And then, Fred got a lot of mileage from the debate itself,
Thompson’s Republican rivals appeared unbowed by his entry and used their forum to take potshots at him for skipping the debate. “Maybe we’re up past his bedtime,” Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) quipped. Former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani joked: “I think Fred is a really, really good man. I think he’s done a pretty good job of playing my part on ‘Law & Order.’ “
Fred then topped off the evening by announcing on Leno, overshadowing the debate itself. As Ed points out, by announcing there,
The format allowed Thompson to give a substantive and detailed answer that the debate simply wouldn’t allow.
Once a few more candidates on the Republican side drop off, things will start to get interesting.
PS, The NYT has the Transcript of the Fox News Republican Presidential Candidates Debate.