The Daily Sandwich

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

More deja vu with Fred Thompson

Lord help us, it's 2000 all over again. Again.

The biggest story out of today's Wall Street Journal/CNBC/MSNBC sponsored Republican forum, which airs at 4 pm on CNBC and focuses primarily on economic issues, is the debate debut of former Sen. Fred Thompson. Thompson has been widely criticized for being unprepared to handle questions on the campaign trail – he appeared unaware there was oil drilling in the Florida Everglades and refused to share an opinion on the Terri Schiavo case, stating that he doesn't "remember the details of it." . . .

It appears to be a classic chance for beating low expectations. The bar for judging his performance is as low as he’ll find from here on out. Even a marginally competent job in discussing the broad parameters of his economic policy this afternoon should result in some good pundit reviews for the newest candidate in the race.

Yes, I still remember those innocent days when Bush thought "the Taliban" was a rock group.