Thompson rumbles to the front for now

Former Tennessee Senator and Hollywood star in films like Die Hard 2 as well as TV’s Law and Order, Fred Thompson, isn’t even formally in the GOP race for the presidency yet, and his star has already eclipsed that of former New York mayor Rudy Guiliani. While well within the margin of error, Thompson now has a narrow lead over Guiliani in most polls, seeming to draw conservatives who’d been undecided, as well as robbing disenchanted supporters away from John McCain and Mitt Romney.

By the time he enters the race formally, he’ll either be considered a reliable part of a two-man race for the nomination against Guiliani, or his 15 minutes will have faded as conservatives rally around a more obvious savior, Newt Gingrich.

The political sound machines are already getting fired up and it’s not even 2008 yet for another six months and two weeks.

Is Thompson a more reliable conservative than Giuliani, McCain and Romney? Sure. It doesn’t take much to lay claim to that mantle, but sure.

The real question is, can Thomson command the stage well enough to be victorious over the “girl-power” candidate, Hillary, and the “pretty-boy power” candidate, Obama.

Ultimately, that’s who he’ll be tested against if he gets the nomination. Might be nice to know he can go toe-to-toe without blinking before anointing the man.

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