The news media is salivating over the worst kept secret in politics — Fred Thompson’s entrance into the presidential race. TV star! Tall! Reaganesque!
Whether it’s because reporters are smitten or because they are bored and want fresh meat, Senator Thompson is getting a bigger media bounce than other candidates experienced when they announced.
Perhaps the only people happier than the press corps are the Democratic candidates. According to composite results from leading pollsters, all front-running Democrats are running well ahead His Fredness. Clinton leads him by 6.5%, Edwards by 12.3%, and Obama by 13.5%. The Democratic candidates have a bigger leads over the new kid on the block than most other leading GOP contenders.
Based on these numbers, is it too early rule out Thompson as a viable candidate? Of course it is; half the country doesn’t know who he is. But it’s also way too early for bored campaign beat reporters to coronate him.