In a stinging column, the conservative George Will
writes about Fred Thompson's presidential candidacy and predicts that we may soon hear "the soft 'pop' of a bursting bubble." Will suggests Thompson has "a mind undisciplined by steady engagement with complexities."
Will levels the criticism that was made by Thompson's '94 Senate foe, Jim Cooper. Cooper called Thompson a phony, pointing out that he was a Washington lobbyist running as a Washington outsider. He drove a Lincoln Town Car before he rented the red pickup. But Cooper never really said Thompson was stupid.
"One does not want to be unfair to Thompson, who may have hidden depths," Will writes. "But ask yourself this: If he did not look like a basset hound who had just read a sad story—say, "Old Yeller"—and if he did not talk like central casting's idea of the god Sincerity, would anyone think he ought to be entrusted with the nation's nuclear arsenal? He is an actor, and, as a Hollywood axiom says, the key to acting is sincerity—if you can fake that, you've got it made."