Monday, April 16, 2007

Republicans Seem to Like Pretenders

What is it with some Republicans supporting actors as candidates for the office of President of the United States? Actors are professionals who are successful at pretending they are someone they aren’t. Jeezz, do you really want a president who can convince you of something that isn’t? Haven’t we had enough of that?

First it was Reagan and now the hot word from many Republicans is that Fred Thompson is the next big thing. Some are already referring to him as a Southern Fried Ronald Reagan. Yeah boy, just what we need right now for this country, another pretend presidential “decider”.

Funny, they talk about Democrats being the darling of the Hollywood crowd yet the Republicans elected Reagan as president and Schwarzenegger as governor of California. Now one of their so called favs is actor Fred Thompson.

Why do Republicans have such an affinity for pretenders and such distaste for reality?

One Republican who is not a pretender is Tucker Carlson. On his never ending, sincere quest to prove that he can be unsuccessful at every occupation he pursues, he will now host a TV game show. How about a TV game show called “Do You Trust Me?”
How long do you figure that will last?

Source: Variety


Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

"Why do Republicans have such an affinity for pretenders and such distaste for reality?"

= oxymoron

April 16, 2007 2:59 AM  
Blogger Undeniable Liberal said...

Bwaaahhahahaha! Excellent points.

April 16, 2007 3:48 AM  
Blogger Keir said...

Maybe Republicans are just more transparent about the actor-as-politician thing (but you forgot the decidedly less pernicious Republican Clint Eastwood). In our political climate, any politician who can't act is unemployed (see: Cynthia McKinney).

April 16, 2007 4:36 AM  
Blogger Blueberry said...

George Clooney for President!!

I think some acting ability comes into play for all politicians. They have to "play" calm when things are falling apart. Have a poker face when dealing with other leaders.

It's the real agenda and the deceit that accomplishes it that make me sick.

Wondering... is Al Gore considered to be an "actor" now? Interesting...

April 16, 2007 4:49 AM  
Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

ooo...I like that idea blueberry!

I have a stooooopid question: Who the hell is Fred Thompson?

Californians (both repuke and dem) like their actor-type politicians. We're responsible for Reagan as gov. as well (but I was a kid then so I can't be blamed). And both repukes and dems jumped on Schwarzy's bandwagon big time. He couldn't have been elected without help from dems. He didn't get my help though!

I have never voted for an actor before for the reason you mention Pop...their job is to pretend to be somebody they're not!

But if George Clooney ever decided to run...hmm...I might have to rethink that stand...

April 16, 2007 5:37 AM  
Blogger Time said...

Tucker might finally find something he's good at. TV game show host, seems about right for him. Not in the Bob Barker class, maybe the Wink Martindale class. Sorry, didn't mean to insult all the Wink fans.

April 16, 2007 6:38 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

When you think of it, politics is the ultimate world stage. The Repubs are desperate to find some way to pull their party back together as so many are abandoning ship.

April 16, 2007 6:49 AM  
Blogger DivaJood said...

Fred Thompson (no relation to Fred the Cat) used to be on Law & Order, I think.

Not all actors run as Republicans: Alec Baldwin has made hints he'd someday run for office as a Democrat; Robert Vaughn (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) was in acting as a "temp" stop, and always wanted to run for office as a Democrat.

Actors and Politicians share huge egos. HUGE egos. That's why they love each other.

As for Tucker Carlson, he should just watch his mentor, Shrubya Bush.

April 16, 2007 7:27 AM  
Blogger Graeme said...

wow, game show host? I guess that sounds about right.

April 16, 2007 7:45 AM  
Blogger Dr. Know said...

Hmmm, since the resounding answer to the query of "Do You Trust Me?" would be "NO!", it kinda removes any premise for the show to exist. I'll give it one airing/episode before it crashes and burns like so most other forays by TC.

Welcome to the GOP's service economy, sucka.

April 16, 2007 7:55 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

I think the meltdown is proceeding apace, and by the time the election rolls around, they will be hard pressed to elect anyone, even in their "safe" districts.

Time for re-districting!!!! (and make 'em all SQUARE!)

April 16, 2007 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Knox Rover said...

Add another actor, Ahhhnold, the governator of Callyfahnya, to your list.

I lived in Tennessee while Fred Thompson was a senator. He wasn't too bad for a Republican...sort of a Republican Lite, unlike the state's other senator at the time, Cat Killer Frist. Thompson was just sort of there...didn't do a whole lot, but didn't screw up a lot either. He wasn't cozy with the extreme Reich Wing at the time, but that may change when he has to court the national conservative vote.

April 16, 2007 8:16 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

Fred Thompson actually has been around politics for a long time, he served as the co-chief counsel for the Senate Watergate Committee in 1973-74. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the U.S. China Economic & Security Review Commission and a Visiting Fellow with the American Enterprise Institute, researching national security and intelligence.

Thompson didn't start acting until the 80s. He scares me more than any of the other republican contenders. He is popular because of his acting career, but he is really a hardcore republican politician. He shouldn't be dismissed as a lightweight. He is the best hope the republicans have for putting a pretty, popular face on the ticket.

Tucker Carlson is the smarmiest empty-head on TV. A game show host is absolutely perfect for him.

April 16, 2007 8:29 AM  
Blogger Miss Knows It All said...

Why don't the Republicans just forget about any primaries and select their candidate like American Idol does? They don't want certain people to vote anyway,, this way they can stuff the ballot box by phone!

April 16, 2007 9:21 AM  
Blogger Aaron A. said...

I've always been confused between Fred Thompson and Kelsey Grammer.

If the last season of Fraiser is released on DVD, we may be in trouble. Victory by look-a-like.

April 16, 2007 9:22 AM  
Blogger TomCat said...

Well done, PoP. Perhaps the GOP needs a candidate to act the part, because none in their stable has what it takes to be the part.

April 16, 2007 10:49 AM  
Blogger eProf2 said...

Maybe Tucker wants to become an actor so he can someday be president.

April 16, 2007 11:12 AM  
Blogger Floridacracker said...

Actors ...

Like John Travolta lecturing us on doing our part to fight global warming as he flies his 5 jets around the planet.


I think both parties are starstruck, but then both parties are just a reflection of the American public.

April 16, 2007 4:20 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

Perhaps Donald Duck might be a good Presidential choice. Is he available or does his contract preclude him?


April 16, 2007 5:44 PM  
Blogger windspike said...

I've seen this slogan bandied about on the internets: "Rebublican, more con than neo."

April 16, 2007 5:58 PM  
Anonymous RJ Adams said...

"Why do Republicans have such an affinity for pretenders and such distaste for reality?"

Because they refuse to live in the same world as real people?

April 16, 2007 6:41 PM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

If Fred Thompson ever makes it, I think he'll be Bush II. The man is nuts, dangerous - and believes his own BS. Sound familiar?..(:

April 17, 2007 12:36 AM  
Blogger BBC said...

You know what is interesting? If we ever do get a good president again we can only keep him/her for eight years.

April 17, 2007 4:11 AM  
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