Fred Thompson is leaving Law & Order in anticipation of running for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. Why ditch such a popular weekly venue, which provides great free publicity to counter the negative press he gets for portraying an uber-racist on Wise Guy 20 years ago? Here’s a commercial Fred ran in his 1994 campaign for the Senate. The spot already has a presidential feel, as Thompson drawls on about how “Washington needs a major shakeup to change the direction of our country.” Just sub “America” for “Tennessee” and “presidency” for “U.S. Senate” and show the Stars & Stripes instead of that state flag, and we’re in business. I always confuse Wise Guy star Ken Wahl with Law’s Chris Noth. Do they look alike or what?
—Posted by David Gianatasio