If you didn’t see Fred Thompson’s TV spot during the Republican debate (which I didn’t, since I was slogging away on a blog posting), you can find it on YouTube, as I did. It opens with a still Fred head (any resemblence to the ex-legislator of that name is purely coincidental) shot . He looks really good in a dark suit, white shirt, and light blue tie against a dark background broken by the blue star field of an American flag. The first words you hear him say are, “I’m Fred Thompson, and I approved this message.” Then we see a chest-up shot of Thompson–judging from his posture, he’s probably sitting on a stool–before a curtain, slighty opened to reveal a wooded area through a window. An American flag is to his right (left, from the viewer’s perspective). He doesn’t look as good as he did in the still shot–older and more gaunt, and his head kept bobbing forward like a pigeon’s. Very disconcerting. Here’s what he had to say, accompanied by softly swelling music, a trumpet over a full orchestra. Reminded me of the “Apollo 13” sound track.

On our next president’s watch, our country will make decisions that will affect our lives and our families far into the future. We can’t allow ourselves to become a weaker, less prosperous, and more divided nation. Today, as before, the fate of millions across the world depends upon the unity and resolve of the American people. I talk about this tomorrow on Fred08.com. I invite you to take a look and join us.

I thought it was pretty flat, frankly. If there were any expectations, he didn’t fulfil them. That “more divided nation” was a nice shot at Hillary, though.