Last time Tommy Thompson ran for president, I wrote an op-ed for the Wisconsin State Journal detailing why he could never be president. Looking back, there's not much I'd change about that critique. I would have to add a chapter on his utter failure as Dubya's HHS secretary, and there's always details you're forced to leave out due to space considerations, but the piece translates pretty well from 1995 to 2007. Enjoy....
May 1, 1995, Wisconsin State Journal
President Thompson? Dream on
Although our state media fantasize aloud about the White House every time Gov. Tommy Thompson touches a tarmac outside Wisconsin, Thompson has several seemingly insurmountable barriers to gaining the GOP presidential nomination.
First, he’s never experienced the scrutiny the national media will give him. Even people who think Thompson deserves the Oval Office say that the national news media would subject his personal life to uncomfortable examination. Is America ready for a president who shakes his wife’s hand in a campaign ad? His political appointments and government contracts would undergo similar inquiry. Certainly, the Elroy factory story would resurface, as would some of his appointee’s pasts.