I’m With Fred!
Here’s my big announcement, and it has nothing to do with MySpace:
An incredible opportunity has been given to me. I couldn’t not take it. I’ve been hired as part of the web team for the Friends of Fred Thompson. I dropped everything and quickly moved to Washington, D.C. Work started last week with plenty to keep me busy as you can see with I’m With Fred 2.0.
Why did I choose Fred? I admit I’ve been critical of Thompson’s quasi-start. But I think I’ve been critical (and fair) to all the Republican candidates. What Fred Thompson offers is conservative leadership. He has the ability to communicate a vision of limited government that will keep the U.S. safe from our enemies and protect our political and economic liberties at home.
Many Republicans talk about the need for federalism. Few have explicated the idea as well as Thompson:
When you hold firm to the principles of federalism, there’s another advantage: our federal government can better carry out its own defining responsibilities – above all else, the security of our nation and the safety of our citizens. Sometimes I think that our leaders in Washington try to do so many things, in so many areas, that they lose sight of their basic responsibilities.
Ed Morrissey has called Fred the most policy-oriented, philosophical, “most engaged candidate on policy.” That’s more impressive with Rep. Ron Paul tossing around abstract libertarian constitutionalism.
There are plenty of good Republican candidates, but Fred Thompson has a presence and stature that says, “President.” I briefly met him and he’s as impressive yet personable as the Fredheads say he is. I have no doubt he would made a great President should he decide to run.
What does that mean for TAM? Well, I don’t know how much time I’ll have to weblog. Already I’m busy learning how to use the many tools available to get Fred’s message out online. This is also my first foray into a political operation so I will be learning the ins and outs and protocol of that too. When I do post material it won’t be anything about the inner workings of Friends of Fred Thompson. (Reporters, don’t think of me as a possible anonymous source. It isn’t going to happen.) Do expect me to push new commentaries and speeches Fred gives.
As for other GOP candidates if I do post on them–which will probably be rare–I’ll have a disclaimer noting I’m working for Friends of Fred Thompson. I have to respect my new employer while respecting the audience I’ve spent years building. I think I’ll be safe commenting generally about Presidential topics like the YouTube debate debate. If there’s a problem I’ll remain silent.
I should still be free to talk about sports (my Brewers), books, culture, and many news events that catch my eye. Life in D.C. could also be an interesting subject when I get time to explore.
For many years I’ve wanted to try my chances in D.C. Now, I have it working for a man who would make a great leader.
Wish me well down my new path and consider supporting Fred Thompson and donating to his effort.