An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

May 5, 2007

Left Coast Fear

Filed under: 2008 — olbroad @ 3:17

Will Fred Thompson’s racist role have political repercussions?

Ronald Reagan became president even though he worked with chimps in B movies.

Arnold Schwarzenegger played a murderous robot, and that didn’t keep him from becoming governor.

So can “Law & Order” actor and former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) become the first presidential candidate with this credit? Thompson played a white supremacist, spewing anti-Semitic comments and fondling an autographed copy of “Mein Kampf” on a television drama 19 years ago.

I played the part of Little Red Riding Hood, in French, does that mean I’m from France? I was also a teapot in kindergarten, but I don’t see any tea pouring out of my a$$.

His colleagues say that he was just an actor putting everything he had into playing the role of a charismatic racist, named Knox Pooley, in three episodes of CBS’ hit show “Wiseguy” in 1988. “Do you call Tom Cruise a killer because he played one in a movie?” asked show creator and writer Stephen J. Cannell.

I get the impression that the L.A. Times is terrified of Fred Thompson. heh heh heh This is a good thing as far as I’m concerned.

The role is not something Thompson, who is in Orange County for a speech today, has talked a lot about in recent years. (His spokesman did not respond to several requests for comment this week.) In an appearance before the American Bakers Assn. in Phoenix last year, Thompson mentioned that he had a part on “Wiseguy,” but he did not go into details. He summed up his acting career this way: “I played a CIA director, FBI director, an FBI agent, a senator, an admiral, a White House chief of staff, corporate execs and myself twice,” Thompson said in the speech. “Some might say I was playing myself on each of these occasions. In each of these roles it seemed as if I had either known the guy I was playing or someone like him.

The man is an actor. He acts. He’s natural. That makes him a good actor.  He’s also a lawyer, but we won’t hold that against him.

Some conservative websites are already discussing how a potential Thompson campaign may have to deal with these scenes. People who work out their politics on the Internet understand how potentially troublesome things like this can be. Like pebbles in a pond, you can’t know where the ripples are going to stop — or what the gullible or the mean-spirited may make of them.

Yep! We’re all cackling at the stupidity of the Times.

If Thompson’s old TV roles do play a part in his presidential campaign, then the long relationship between Hollywood and politics will have entered a new era — an actor’s dream and a candidate’s nightmare — a world where nothing you ever said is forgotten.

Is John Edwards still channeling dead children?

H/T: Blue Star Chronicles



  1. Is this the same bunch that started the canard that the Republicans would try to make a big deal out of Obama’s middle name? Just because the left wing has minds of mush does not mean the rest of us are incapable of critical thinking. Most of us base our political choices on the candidate’s stated positions, not their fantasy roles (let it go, you know what I meant).

    Comment by rosettaresearch — May 5, 2007 @ 5:59

  2. Robert Byrd wasn’t acting, and he’s really close to being President in the line of succession…

    Comment by TexasFred — May 5, 2007 @ 6:41

  3. Criminy Fred! You trying to make me lose my dinner? :/

    Comment by olbroad — May 5, 2007 @ 7:00

  4. I quite agree, it’s completely silly. But if anybody’s interesting in actually seeing the images, I posted them here

    Comment by RM — May 5, 2007 @ 8:04

  5. Wow. I bet Fred misses that hair. 🙂

    Comment by olbroad — May 5, 2007 @ 8:14

  6. “Is John Edwards still channeling dead children”

    Been at LEAST a month since I’ve laughed that hard…

    Oh and you’ve been tagged

    Comment by Stew — May 6, 2007 @ 7:30

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