The Corner

Fred Thompson–Introvert?

My experience yesterday, plus watching that video a while ago of Fred interacting with the firemen (which wasn’t nearly as bad as Roger Simon made it sound), has me thinking that Fred isn’t “lazy” as everyone says, but that he may be an introvert. An introvert can’t stand–and finds exhausting–random interactions with strangers, which is why so few introverts are politicians. Those that are either are anomalies or fiercely willful people whose ambition makes it possible from them to punch through their natural resistance to all the painful socializing a politician has to do. This is why Fred would want to do a different kind of campaign, one based on web videos and blogs and the like rather than the usual glad-handing on the stump. Just a theory, fwiw.

Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com. 

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