Got the video above via email, so I’d thought I’d share it. Read the reviews about Fred below, which rl reminded me about, while listening. They’re a perfect compliment to one another.

When Fred Thompson made his debut on the presidential stage here this week, he left some Republicans thinking he needs more work before his nascent campaign matches the media hype it’s gotten in advance.

The former Tennessee senator with the baritone drawl showed up Thursday in New Hampshire, the site of the first primary voting, and gave a speech that lasted only nine minutes, skipping over hot-button issues such as Iraq and immigration to invoke platitudes about freedom and strength.

He left more than a few Republicans disappointed.

The star of the TV series “Law and Order” had won cheers the day before in South Carolina, another early-primary state, in his first trip there since he’d signaled that he’ll soon jump into the race for the Republican presidential nomination. But South Carolina and Tennessee are neighbors, while New Hampshire tests whether Thompson’s got more than regional appeal. So far, the answer’s quite unclear.

“I plan on seeing a whole lot more of you,” Thompson told about 200 New Hampshire Republicans who paid $50 each to hear him — and to benefit state Republican legislators.

He’d better, because many present came away decidedly under-whelmed.

“It was short,” said Richard Heitmiller of Nashua. “He’s got a nice voice. But there was nothing there. He’s for apple pie and motherhood. He’s going to have to say what he’s for.” … ..

Thompson gets mixed reviews in New Hampshire premiere

The Republicans are in trouble. Fred isn’t Reagan. It’s never good not to live up to your press. What to do now?