Many YouTube commenters were strongly moved by Thomson’s Reaganesque speech, and so was National Review’s Peter Robinson:
While the other contenders are frantically saturating the Iowa airwaves with 30- and 60-second attack adsâ€”Romney is guiltiest, if only because heâ€™s richestâ€”Thompson has sat himself down, looked into a camera, and spoken for a quarter of an hour, calmly and straightforwardly making his case. I myself find this impressiveâ€”in a way, moving. Thompson seems to have stepped out of the eighteenth century. He trusts voters to think. And if the comments on YouTube are at all representative, plenty of people agree. …
While we await Mr. Yorkâ€™s next dispatch, take a look at the Thompson video. Politics as, from time to time at least, they really ought to be.
If Fred Thompson keeps speaking like this, I think he has a good chance of winning the GOP nomination.