Fred Thompson was supposed to be the conservative movement’s savior in the presidential campaign. But now, less than a month after entering the race, many on the right question his devotion to their causes and passion for politics, the New York Times reports.
His record in the Senate reflects a tendency to break with the Republican pack and a lawyer's detachment from ideology.
“He has no passion, no zeal and no apparent ‘want to,’” says James Dobson, the influential Christian leader. Thompson, confronted with accusations of laziness, says his Senate record reflects disinterest in the self-aggrandizing Washington culture. Asked this month by the National Review to name his top accomplishments, he said, "You mean, besides leaving the Senate?" (Read more Fred Thompson stories.)